Wealden District Council
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Starting a Food Business

Starting a food business can be both exciting and daunting.

There are so many things to consider. So, whether you want to run a restaurant, set up a burger van, or make cakes at home, let us help you. In Wealden we want businesses to thrive. Successful businesses tell us how important it is to get things right from the beginning.

Our pages should guide you through the most important steps you need to take. We can’t anticipate every question or situation so our pages will often point you to external sites where you can get more information. Where you need to complete forms, we’ve included links to these to help you. While we do our best to be as accurate and up to date as possible, you should always check with the relevant people and departments if you are unclear or do not fully understand what’s expected.

Our pages are divided into issues relating to the premises you are operating from and specific guidance on food safety. For general business advice please visit our Business Support section.

Choosing the right premises

Information on choosing a safe and legal premises for your food business

Food hygiene and safety

Information on food hygiene and safety issues when starting your business.

Register a food business

You must register your food business with us 28 days before you begin trading.