Food premises registration

Registration of premises used for a food business (including market stalls, delivery vehicles and other moveable structures) is required by law.

Registration will allow local authorities to keep an up-to-date list of all those premises in their area so they can visit them when they need to. The frequency of the visits will depend on the degree of risk involved.

Regulation summary

  • Article 6(2) of Regulation 852/2004 - Registration of food premises.
  • Article 6(2) of Regulation 853/2004 - Approval of a food business.

Application evaluation

Process Registration cannot be refused and there is no charge.

All food businesses in the Telford & Wrekin area are inspected on a regular basis to ensure that the food sold to the public is safe to consume. The frequency of inspections depends on the potential risk posed by the type of business and its previous record. Some premises might be inspected at least every six months, others less often.

These results are now published on the internet as part of the National Food Hygiene Rating scheme.

The purpose of an inspection is:

  • to ensure that the food is being handled and produced hygienically
  • to ensure that food is safe to eat
  • to look at the potential risk for food poisoning or injury as a result of food consumed
  • to ensure that the food handling staff are trained in food hygiene and handling
  • to inspect the condition of equipment and the premises
  • to insure there are precautions to prevent pest infestation
  • to ensure that staff are aware of personal hygiene.

Inspectors will look at the operation of a food business to identify potential hazards and to ensure they are following the law. If problems are identified during the inspection, inspectors can take enforcement action to protect the public.

Will tacit consent apply?


Target completion period  

Due to inspections by the Council applications can take up to 28 days to process, i.e. from receipt of the application to registration.


Any person aggrieved by Telford & Wrekin Council's refusal to register an operator or premise should use the Council's complaints policy and procedure.

Any person wishing to make a complaint about the hygiene of a food premises or an item of food you have bought in Telford & Wrekin Council should contact the Council on the above details.

Public registers or databases

Under Regulation 882/2004 certain information on the food premises register is open to the public. You may request information on a single premise, a category of premises or the whole registration database.

Charges may be made for this service.

Trade associations 

Further information

Telford and Wrekin is located within the West Midlands, 30 miles west of Birmingham. It is close to the urban areas of the Black Country, but has the Staffordshire and Shropshire countryside as its immediate surroundings. Telford is the Borough's principal economic and social centre. It contains the majority of the employment, services and transport infrastructure, and serves a wider sub-regional catchment within the West Midlands. The town currently accommodates 140,100 residents in 55,800 dwellings.

Telford originated as a New Town in the late 1960s seeking to accommodate an 'overspill population' from the West Midlands conurbation of up to 225,000 residents by 1991 and to regenerate the declining area of the East Shropshire coalfield. The development sought to integrate the market town of Wellington and a number of former townships, including Dawley, Ironbridge, Madeley, and Oakengates, with new low density single use development areas, linked by an extensive congestion-free road network.

The focus for the town was an entirely new central retail, administrative and commercial area, which now functions as Telford's Town Centre. The infrastructure legacy of the New Town provides Telford with a considerable physical capacity for future development. There are ambitious longer term plans for the Borough as detailed in the Telford & Wrekin Partnership Vision 2026:

The key themes and ambitions of the refreshed vision are:

  • A Modern City - a vibrant Town Centre, with substantial new housing, and improved accessibility.
  • An Enterprising and Innovative Community - a strong, diverse and low carbon local economy, based on strong business networks.
  • A Strong and Inclusive Community - regenerated Borough Towns and former New Town estates, a thriving rural area and strong voluntary and community sector.
  • A Learning Community - integrated learning provision providing vocational and academic skills.
  • A Sustainable Green Community - a zero waste community, more sustainable forms of energy supply and green businesses.
  • A Safe, Caring and Healthy Community - a place where people feel safe and secure, and health inequalities are reduced.
These are underpinned by two cross cutting themes:
  • Transforming the Borough - creating an area with a strong and well-defined positive image and sense of place.
  • Narrowing the Gap - raising expectations and life chances within the Borough's more deprived communities.

Last updated: 17/09/2018 13:23

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