Food Business: Registration of Approved Premises

Applying for approval

Some types of food businesses need to be approved by us as well as being registered. These include premises where meat is processed or prepared, manufacturers of meat, dairy, egg or fish products, some wholesalers, and cold stores.

Application for Approval of a Food Business Establishment Subject to Approval under Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004. 

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If you need any help or advice about how to complete this form, or about the products to which this Regulation relates, or the circumstances in which approval under the Regulation is required, please contact us on the details below.




Application for Approval of a Food Business Establishment. Subject to Approval under Regulation (EC) No. 853/2004. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must not be persons prohibited from running a food business.

Regulation Summary

Full details of the regulation summary can be viewed here - Regulation EC 853/2004 (external link)

Application Evaluation Process

We will inspect the premises to check they are suitable for the purpose.  Once we are satisfied approval will be granted.


You can apply on line using the eservice link at the bottom of the page or print and complete an application form from our publication section on this page.

Will Tacit 

Consent Apply?  

No, the business cannot operate before the licence is approved. It is in the public interest that we must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period, please contact us. You can do this online or use the contact details below.

Failed Application Redress

If your application for approval is not granted please contact us in the first instance. Any Food Business Operator who is refused approval can appeal to the Sheriff Court.

Approval holder Redress

If you are unhappy with the conditions of your approval please contact us in the first instance. Any Food Business Operator who objects to a condition attached to an approval may appeal to the Sheriff Court.

Consumer Complaint


If anyone wishes to complain about an approved food business, normally the first contact is made to Fife Council, you can do this online or using the contact details below.

If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UKEuropeanConsumer.       

Trade Associations

Food Standards Agency

National Association of Catering Butchers (NACB)

National Federation of Meat and Food Traders

Chilled Food Association


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