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.