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Register a food business

When starting a new food business you must register with us at least 28 days before opening.

If you change the type or style of food you sell, or the owner of the business changes, please notify us of the changes as soon as possible.

Register a food business application form (Word).

Please email your completed application form to or post to:

Commercial Regulation Team
Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP

Who needs to register?

Registration applies to most types of food businesses including catering businesses run from home and mobile or temporary premises such as stalls and vans.

If you use two or more premises, you will need to register all of them.

Approved premises

If your business produces or distributes meat, fish or dairy products then you may need to be approved by us as well as being registered.

Contact us on to check if you need to be approved by us and for further advice.