Food business guidance

Guidance on setting up your premises

The Food Standards Agency produces a large number of leaflets, posters and information packs which provide useful start-up information for food businesses. Many are free of charge and available in various languages.

The FSA leaflet starting up - your first steps to running a catering business is a great place to start.

The basic requirements for premises where food is handled are quite simple. These include:

  • Rooms must be kept clean.
  • Walls, floors and surfaces must be smooth, water resistant, and easy to clean. 
  • There must be hand washing facilities and suitable refuse arrangements.
  • Equipment must be suitable, clean and well maintained.

Some businesses will also have specific requirements.

If you are a home caterer, download the running a food business from home leaflet which contains lots of helpful advice and guidance.

If you are converting, or making changes to a building, in order to open a food business please speak to our team, before you start work to avoid costly mistakes.

For advice and guidance, we recommend you book a free thirty-minute phone consultation. Appointments are available Monday - Friday, 2pm - 4.30pm.

Book a free food business advice appointment