You will need to consider how your customers will find you, how you will receive your deliveries and whether or not the premises meets your needs. You also need to make sure the premises you choose has the correct planning and building control permissions and that the building will be safe for you and your staff to work in.

You will find more information on choosing the right premises on the pages below.

Premises permissions

All premises have a permitted use. This means they have been given permission for a particular use, such as office, retail shop, hot food takeaway. There may also be restrictions on opening hours, for instance. The Planning Department will advise you whether the business you want to run will be…

Structural requirements

Obviously all premises are different, but there are some general structural requirements that all food businesses should adhere to: All surfaces should be clean and easy to keep clean. This not only relates to your work surfaces but also your walls, ceilings, windows and doors.You need to have adequate washing…

Premises safety

Ask the vendor or landlord to give you a copy of the latest test certificate. Gas systems should be tested every 12 months, electrical systems every 5 years. For more information on electrical safety please visit HSE Electrical Safety Commercial properties should be surveyed for the presence of asbestos. Vendors…

Mobile catering units

You must register with the local authority for the area in which your vehicle will be kept overnight, and this might be different to where you intend to trade. If you will be keeping your vehicle at an address in Rother overnight then please visit our Register a Food Business page. If you will be keeping your…