Food business registration

If you run a food business in Croydon, you must be registered with Croydon Council.

This is a registration of your food business with the council. Registration allows us to keep an up-to-date list of all those food business in our area so that we can visit them when we need to.

All food businesses must register with the council at least 28 days before starting trading.

Registration of a business establishment is for any premises or vehicle or storage units used for a food premises, including:

  • market stalls
  • warehouses
  • delivery vehicles
  • other moveable structures used in the running of your food business

Register your food business 

Register your food business in Croydon online at GOV.UK

Registration cannot be refused and there is no charge. It is an offence to give information which you know is false.

You can also download the form and send it to us instead.

Download an application form to register your food business in Croydon (Word, 71 KB)

Return your form to:

Food and Safety team
Croydon Council
Bernard Weatherill House
8 Mint Walk
Croydon
CR0 1EA

Changes to your business

Once you have registered with the counci, you need to notify us where:

  • the business changes, for example from a retail shop to a butchers shop or a sandwich shop
  • there is a change of address where a movable or mobile premises is kept 
  • there is a change of owner

The new owner will have to complete a new registration form. 

Approval for food businesses dealing with products of animal origin

If your food business has premises that handles, processes and manufactures products of animal origin such as meat, dairy, egg or fish, then you will also need to apply for food business approval.

Eligibility criteria

If you run a food business you must tell us about the premises you use for storing, selling, distributing or preparing food.

Food businesses include:

  • restaurants
  • hotels
  • cafes
  • shops
  • butchers shops
  • supermarkets
  • staff canteens
  • kitchens in offices 
  • warehouses
  • guest houses
  • voluntary luncheon clubs
  • day centres
  • care homes
  • delivery vehicles
  • market and other stalls
  • hot dog and ice cream vans

Mobile vans or units

If you are using a mobile van or unit, you need to tell us where you park it overnight. You need to register the mobile with us if it is parked in Croydon.

Registration evaluation process

Once we receive your registration, we'll enter the details on the register. The register is open to inspection by the general public. Records of the other information provided will not be publicly available.

A food safety officer will visit your business. In some cases we will call to make an appointment, however, in most cases we will turn up unannounced.

The purpose of the inspection is to ensure the premises meet the standards required by the Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 Hygiene of foodstuffs on legislation.gov.uk.

The registration of your food business will not be refused, but officers can legally require you to carry out improvements if you do not meet the standards required by the law.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise in the first instance that in the event of a complaint about a food business or the food they have produced, you make contact with the food business operator. If you are not satisfied with their response please contact the Food Safety team.

Data protection

We will only use the personal information you supply on this form for the purpose for which it has been supplied, and in accordance with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Council's Privacy Statement which applies to the web sites of the London Borough of Croydon. 

Food and Safety team

Address

Food and Safety team, Croydon Council, Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA , United Kingdom