Food Premises Approval

Approved Food Premises

If you operate a food business within the district you must, by law, register your premises with Stafford Borough Council at least 28 days before opening.

In addition if your food business makes, prepares or handles food of animal origin for supply to other businesses then, in most circumstances, the food business and its activities must be approved by the Council.

Food of animal origin includes:

  • meat and poultry - whether fresh, frozen or cooked
  • meat products such as pies, sausage rolls, faggots, black pudding and bacon
  • raw or partially cooked minced meat or meat preparations such as sausages, burgers, marinated raw meat and kebab meat
  • fish and fish products such as fish fingers, prawns, lobsters, crabs and crayfish - whether dead or alive
  • live bivalve molluscs
  • ready meals containing fish or meat
  • milk and dairy products such as butter, cream, cheese, yoghurt or ice-cream
  • frogs legs and snails
  • rendered animal fats and other animal by products such as gelatine,   collagen, stomachs, bladders and intestines
  • honey and blood

To obtain approval you will need to meet certain hygiene standards, set out in EC legislation.


There are some exemptions which are based on the premises being retail or supplying other retailers on a marginal, localised and restricted basis.

Eligibility Criteria

No provision in legislation

Regulation Summary

A summary of the regulation relating to this licence

Further information is also provided by the Food Standards Agency.

Application Evaluation Process

No provision in legislation

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. 

What do I do if I think my business requires approval?

If you think your food business may need approval please contact the Food and Safety Team in Regulatory Services to discuss your query or to arrange for us to visit you. At the visit the need for approval can be fully considered and how the business can best comply with the requirements of the regulations can be discussed.  

What if there are any changes to my business?

You should contact the Food and Safety Team on 01785 619402 as any changes may affect your approval.

Apply online

Apply for Approved Food Premises

Failed Application Redress

Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance.

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