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Starting a new food business

Legislation Very Important

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 684) require the closure of certain businesses as listed, to protect against the risks to public health from coronavirus. To see the related Government advice go to Gov.UK.

Re-Opening Certain Businesses and Venues on the 4, 10, 11, 13 & 25 July 2020

Pubs, Restaurants, Hairdressers, Places of Worship, Cinemas, Community Centres, Museums and outdoor amusements can now be open, so long as they take measures to prevent the spread of infection.

On the 10 July the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 719) amended the principal Regulations. These Regulations now permit the following to open: outdoor swimming pools and water parks (from 11th July 2020); nail bars and salons, tanning booths and salons, spas and beauty salons, massage parlours, tattoo parlours, and body and skin piercing services (from 13th July 2020). To see the related Government Guidance go to link) 

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.3) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No.750) came into force on 18 July and enable local authorities to give Directions relating to individual premises, Directions relating to events and Directions relating to public outdoor places

The powers to make a direction may only be exercised where conditions specified in the Regulations are met.

These conditions are that that giving such a direction responds to a serious and imminent threat to public health, that the direction is necessary for the purpose of preventing, protecting against, controlling or providing a public health response to the incidence or spread of infection by coronavirus in the local authority’s area, and that the prohibitions, requirements or restrictions imposed by the direction are a proportionate means of achieving that purpose.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No.788) come into force on the 25 July 2020. The following businesses are permitted to be open: indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor gyms, indoor sports courts and facilities, and indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No. 791). The Regulations require members of the public to wear face coverings whilst inside a relevant place specified in the Regulations, except in certain limited cases, from Friday 24 July. 

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The following information is designed to help you understand your legal responsibilities and help you get your food business off to a good start.


All food businesses in Newcastle upon Tyne are legally required to register the business with this authority 28 days before starting. There is no fee for registration it simply involves completing a form.

Food Business Registration Online Form

Register Food Business Form (pdf 238 kb)

Food hygiene

The Food Standard's Agency website is a good starting place if you are unsure on which legal requirements you will be required to comply with.  


Businesses that handle foods of animal origin and supply them to another business may require approval (this would not normally include retailers or caterers). If you are unsure whether your business requires approval, please contact the Food Safety service by phone (0191) 2116102 or Email:

Approval of a Food Business Establishment Online Form

Approval of a Food Business Establishment Form (pdf 198 kb)  

Planning permission

The use of any premises (including your home) for food business purposes may be construed as a change of use. Before making any changes or commencing operations, you are advised to ensure that you have the correct planning permission to do so.

Will tacit consent apply?

No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted.  If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it using the contact details below.


Food Safety service, Directorate of Operations and Regulatory Services, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH. Phone: (0191) 2116102. Email:

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