Information on regulation, licensing, trading standards, public and environmental health, food safety and planning for business in the borough.


  • About regulation

    Information about regulations for the running of a business or enterprise with details on advice and guidance.

  • Tables and chairs on the highway

    Advice on starting a catering businesses and how to apply for consent to place tables and chairs on the highway.

Trading standards

Food safety

  • What we do

    Our Food Safety Team offer advice to businesses and will take formal action to make sure they comply with legal requirements.

  • Food safety inspections and enforcement

    Information on how the Council keeps a check on food safety in the borough

  • Food alerts

    Information about food alerts which are issued by the Food Standards Agency when food products should not be sold.

  • Food complaints

    How and when to make a complaint to our Food Safety team.

  • Food hygiene rating

    The food hygiene rating scheme is run in partnership with the Food Standards Agency.

  • Food poisoning

    Information on food poisoning including symptoms, common causes and ways to prevent the spread of infection.

  • Food standards

    Information on food standards including advice for businesses and legislation.

  • Exported and Imported foods

    Guidance for food businesses about importing and exporting food.

  • Approved premises

    Information for certain food businesses who will require approval from the Council before they start trading and how to apply.

  • Private water supplies

    Information about requirements of private water supplies including the need to carry out water sampling and risk assessments.

  • Starting a food business

    Information on how to register a food business which is free and can be done online or by post and enables the Council to give advice to food business operators.

  • Allergens and labelling

    Guidance on allergens and labelling from The Food Information Regulations 2014. They apply to all businesses supplying food to the public.

  • Healthier Catering Commitment

    Healthy Catering Commitment, Healthy Catering Commitment Award scheme for food outlets which offer healthier food options

  • Food Safety A to Z

    Check out the A - Z of food safety to ensure that the food you, store, prepare and sell is safe to eat.

Health and Safety