Food Safety and Hygiene

Registration of a food business

The vast majority of food businesses require to be registered with the Local Authority.

This is the case even if there is no specific premises, for example outside catering companies and where no formal sale of food takes place, for example playgroups serving snacks to children.

Registration does not incur a fee and should be made at least 28 days before opening.

Certain types of premises are classified as 'Product Specific' require formal approval and are issued with an 'Establishment Number'. In Shetland the majority of approved establishments are fisheries related, either fish or shellfish.

For further information please contact the food team or telephone 01595 745250 and ask to speak to the Food Officer.