Advice, information about food safety and Registration of food premises

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The Business Compliance Team, which sits within The Legal, Democratic & Regulatory Services Department, has the responsibility for enforcing food safety legislation in food premises. The aim is the protection of public health in relation to food. The Council signed up to the enforcement concordat in 1998 and copies of the enforcement policy are available at the Council offices. This is to ensure that all enforcement decisions are based on the principles of good enforcement.

Food Service Plan

This is an abridged version of the Councils Food Service Plan.  
It explains to you how we protect and promote food safety throughout the District by a combination of measures which include enforcing food safety law, sampling of foods and water and providing food hygiene training for you and your staff.

The Food Register

This list below is current as of January 2016. For information regarding new food businesses please contact Regulatory Services on 01727 819 406. Please be aware that this list does not show any details for home caterers or childminders.
A hard copy of St Albans City and District Council Food Register is available to view at the Council offices.

Registration of food premises:

It is a requirement under 6(2) of regulation (EC) No 852/2004 for food premises to register with their local authority.

Businesses that need to register include:

  • Restaurants
  • Cafes
  • Takeaways
  • Retailers selling food items (sweets, crisps, chocolate etc)
  • Home caterers

It is free to register your business and ideally we would like you to register with us 28 days before the start of trading, though we understand that this is not always possible.
To register your business please download the form below. You will need to fully complete this form, sign and date and then return to the address indicated on the form. Alternatively to request a form to be sent to you please email the Business Compliance Team at

Once the form has been received it will be input onto our system and an initial inspection worksheet will be created and allocated to an officer. Once you have started trading an unannounced inspection will be carried out unless you are working from a domestic property in which case an appointment will be made.

Safer Food Better Business Packs

Unfortunately the Council can now only send SFBB packs to new businesses. To request a pack please call the Business Compliance Team on 01727 819 406 or email

If you are an existing business and would like another copy, you can download the pack and diary sheets from the Food Standards Agency website

Date of last review: 19 January 2016