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Food business registration and approval

Coronavirus - Guidance for operators of fast food takeaways in Barking and Dagenham

The advice on social distancing measures applies to everyone. Takeaway owners need to make sure they minimise opportunities for the virus to spread by maintaining a distance of two metres between individuals. This advice applies to both inside the food business and in external public areas where customers may need to queue.

Takeaways and restaurants offering a pick-up service

For these services:

  • no orders should be taken in person on the premises - this should be communicated to customers by appropriate means such as signage
  • businesses should therefore only take orders online or by telephone
  • customers could have staggered collection times - customers should be discouraged from entering the premises until their order is ready
  • customers arriving without having already placed an order should be encouraged to leave the premises to place their order by telephone or online and to return at a designated time for collection
  • customers whose orders are ready should enter one at a time to collect orders and make payments
  • businesses should discourage crowding outside the premises. Where possible, use queue management systems to maintain the 2 metres separation

Food delivery and takeaway guidance is available on the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health website.

Further advice relating to transmission of the virus in food can be found on the Food Standard Agency website

Residents who have any fears or concerns about poor food hygiene or takeaway shops wanting advice should contact the council’s Food Safety Team by email: foodsafety@lbbd.gov.uk.

Further advice relating to transmission of the virus in food can be found on the Food Standard Agency website.

Registering a food business

If you want to store, prepare, distribute or sell food on premises in Barking and Dagenham, you need to register with us at least 28 days before you start operating.

Food premises include:

  • restaurants
  • cafés
  • hotels
  • shops
  • canteens
  • market stalls
  • mobile catering vans
  • food delivery vans

Registration is a legal requirement and failure to register your premises is a criminal offence for which you may be prosecuted and fined and/or imprisoned for up to 2 years on conviction. Registering your business is free and your registration cannot be refused.

If you want to make, prepare or handle food that comes from animals, for example meat or dairy products, other than for direct sale to the consumer, your premises may need to be approved by the council before you can undertake the activity.

If you are approved you don’t need to register as well. If you are not sure whether your business needs to be approved or registered, contact us.

Some manufacturers handling products of animal origin may need to be approved by the Meat Hygiene Service.

Register a food business premises

More information about food hygiene

Food Safety Team

Barking Town Hall, Lower Ground, 1 Clock House Avenue, Barking IG11 7LU