Anyone running a food business must tell the Council about any premises used for storing, selling, distributing or preparing food. Food premises include restaurants, hotels, cafes, shops, supermarkets, staff canteens, kitchens in offices, warehouses, guest houses, delivery vehicles, buffet cars on trains, market and other stalls, hot dog and ice cream vans, etc.
If anyone uses a vehicle for a food business in connection with permanent premises such as a shop, or warehouse, it is only necessary to tell the Council how many vehicles are used in the business. It is not necessary to register each vehicle separately. If a food business uses one or more vehicles but there are no permanent premises, the food business operator must tell the authority where they are normally kept.
It is not necessary to register if food is being handled at a one off event or if food is prepared occasionally for coffee mornings or charity functions. We do recommend that advice is sought from this Department regarding the safe handling and production of food.