Starting up a New Food Business

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

Planning Permission

The use of any premises (including domestic) for food business purposes may be construed as a change of use and you are advised to seek the views of the Council's Planning Department. Tel: (01264) 368000.


All food businesses operating are legally required to register the business with this local authority and should do this 28 days before starting to trade. There is no fee for Registration, it simply involves completing a form. This form is available in the download section at the foot of this page.

Food Hygiene Requirements

You should always know the necessary hygiene requirements with your food business. Once you have received food safety guidance information, and you are still unsure seek advice from your Environmental Health Officer before starting any work. Your EHO will be able to give advice regarding design of catering premises, correct food handling techniques, food hygiene training and documented food safety management procedures.

Health and Safety

Please consult the Health and Safety pages of our website for more information (see related content at the foot of this page).

Trading Standards

The Trading Standards Department of Hampshire County Council can offer assistance on labelling of products including declared weights and product claims. Tel. (01962) 841841.


if you intend to sell alcohol, or provide any form of "public entertainment", you may require a licence. Please contact Test Valley Borough Council Licensing Team on (01264) 368000 for further assistance.

Need Any More Information?

For further information on starting a new business please access the link below.

For further information please contact the Health Protection Team, and we will be happy to send you further information and guidance, and once you have read this, please contact us to arrange a visit on site.

Contact Details
Commercial Team
Telephone: 01264 368000