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Food safety in Barnet

  • Business

Our food inspectors routinely visit all registered food premises to make sure they meet the required food safety requirements.

Apply to be registered as a food premises 

Registration of a food business establishment from London Borough of Barnet

You need to be registered with the Barnet Council if you store, prepare, distribute or sell food on premises as a business in Barnet. Premises include restaurants, cafes, hotels, shops, canteens, market stalls, mobile catering vans and food delivery vans.

Registration applies to most types of food business, including catering businesses run from home and mobile or temporary premises, such as stalls and vans.

There's no charge for registration. Once you are registered you only need to notify us of a change of proprietor or if the nature of the business changes. 

Food businesses must apply for registration 28 days before starting their business.  Registration cannot be refused. Once the registration application is received the details will be recorded on the public register within 28 days. Following registration your business will be subject to inspection.

Inspections of food premises

The purpose of an inspection is to make sure that the food is being handled and produced hygienically and that staff are trained in food hygiene and handling. If you have not heard from us by the end of the 28 day period you can assume your registration is satisfactory. It does not mean that your business meets the standards laid out in the legislation. This will be determined at your first inspection.

Complaints about food premises in Barnet

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If the trader is uncooperative or the matter is serious please contact us using the details below.


  • Re Ltd Food Safety Services
  • Barnet House
    1255 High Road
    N20 0EJ
  • Tel: 020 8359 7995
  • Email: foodsafety@barnet.gov.uk

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