Any premises that stores, sells, distributes or prepares food are required to register with Wirral Council.

Food premises includes restaurants, hotels, cafes, shops, supermarkets, canteens, kitchens in offices, warehouses, guest houses, delivery vehicles, market stalls and mobile food vans.

If you use vehicles for your food business in connection with permanent premises you only need to tell the local authority how many vehicles you have.

If you have one or more vehicles but no permanent premises, you must tell the authority where they are normally kept.

Anyone starting a new food business must register with the local authority at least 28 days before trading commences. 


The application form below will take you to the Food Standards Agency website where you will be able to register. We are no longer able to accept paper copies directly.

Food business application form

Processing and timescales

When an application is received by the Food Standards Agency, they will securely pass your details to us. We will enter details of your business onto our register; this is open to inspection by the general public. Records of the other information provided will not be publicly available unless they are covered by The Freedom of Information Act.

Your premises will then be allocated to an officer to undertake the first food hygiene inspection. During the inspection, we will ask to see your food safety management documentation such as a hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) procedure or a Safer Food Better Business pack (SFBB), monitoring records, training records and pest control records. Please see the Food Hygiene and Safety page for further information.


Summary of the regulations relating to food business registration.

Starting a food business

Find out more about starting a food business on the Food Standards Agency website.

Report a problem

Report a concern about:

  • an application
  • practices at a registered premises  

Report a concern