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Food premises registration

Registration of food premises is required by law under the Regulation (EC) 852/2004 Article 6(2). It allows the council to keep an up-to-date list of all those businesses and associated premises in the Aberdeenshire area so they can be visited or contacted where necessary.

Anyone who operates a food business that sells, cooks, stores, handles, prepares or distributes food must register their premises with us. 


If you operate a food business in Aberdeenshire, have taken over an existing food business or wish to start a new food business you are required to register.

If you have multiple premises, you will need to register each separate outlet.

Food businesses include restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, mobile catering and delivery vehicles and market stalls.

If you are unsure whether your business may fall into this category please contact your local Environmental Health service for further advice.

You may be fined, imprisoned for up to two years or both if you run a food business without registering.

Before you apply

You must apply for registration at least 28 days before the proposed commencement of operations. 

Telling us about any changes

No renewal is required but you must notify us of any changes in your activities or any closure to your existing business.

Application fee

There is no fee for the registration of food premises.

How to apply

You can register your food premises in paper or online.

View Environmental Health privacy notices.

Apply in paper

To apply in paper complete the Food premises registration form (pdf 159KB). Please send your completed form to your local Environmental Health office.

Apply online

Alternatively, you can apply for the registration of your food business establishment online on GOV.UK website.

Application process

Once we have received your completed registration form, we will process your application within 28 days; that is the target completion period.

We will acknowledge safe receipt of your complete form but no Certificate of Registration will be provided.

The date of receipt will be recorded on the form, the information provided regarding your food business will be recorded on the electronic premises database and the registration form will be retained in the individual food business file.

We may decide to carry out an inspection of your food business prior to your business opening. If this is the case, it will be within 28 days of receiving your completed registration form.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent will apply for this registration. This means that where the registration application form has been fully completed and all information has been submitted electronically or by post and you can show proof of delivery either by way of an electronic receipt or from a post office or recognised courier, as the case may be, you will be able to act as though your notification has been received, if you have not heard from us by the end of the target completion period, which is one month. This period can be extended once if necessary due to the complexity of the issue provided we notify you of the extension and its duration before the expiry of the original target completion period.

Consumer complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked and you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK please contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Contact details

Specialist Officer (Food and Communicable Disease)
Infrastructure Services
Gordon House
Blackhall Road
AB51 3WA
Telephone: 01467 539044