Opening a new food business

Register a Food Business

If you own or have taken over a food business in Oxford, it is a legal requirement to register your business with us at least 28 days before opening or taking ownership. 

Registration is free of charge.  The details will be entered onto our register and certain details, such as type of business, address and telephone number, will be available for public inspection. Other information provided will not be publicly available.

Once you have registered, you will need to notify us if there is a change of ownership or change in the nature of the business.

Register a food business

Other steps to take

 You will also need:

  • adequate food safety training
  • a written food safety management system
  • to comply with the Food Regulations

Some food businesses also require other licenses, e.g. for late night refreshment or the sale of alcohol. Please contact the Licensing team for more information.