Setting up a new food business and registration

Setting up and Registering a Food Business

All food businesses must be registered at least 28 days before opening with any significant changes notified to us (if your business is to be located within South Cambridgeshire).

You can either:

Registration cannot be refused. If you own premises in more than one local authority area, you must register with each respective authority separately.

Safer Food Better Business (SFBB)

SFBB diaries (refills) are available from us at a cost of £12 including postage. Contact us at

Advice for Food Business Operators

If you are thinking of setting up a food business, please see:

Food Hygiene Inspections

The outcome of our inspections is scored and the total score from the following categories is used to calculate your business rating:

  • Food Hygiene and Safety
  • Structure and Cleaning
  • Management Control Systems/Training

This ranges from 0 (urgent improvement necessary) to 5 (very good).

The Food Standards Agency has launched a website which enables you to find the hygiene ratings for food businesses within each Local Authority in the UK, however you can search for South Cambridgeshire directly

For further information, the Food Standards Agency has produced a list of frequently asked questions for both food businesses and the general public.

Useful Links

  • Food Standards Agency - Provides information on UK food safety - news, regulations, research and other pertinent information



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