Food businesses must be registered with the local authority for a designated time period prior to commencement of business. Failure to register is an automatic offence. In the UK butcher shops and premises selling raw and cooked meats are subject to separate legislation.
Any food premises which deals with products of animal origin such as meat, dairy, egg or fish is required to be inspected and approved by the local authority. Food premises approved under these regulations must meet additional requirements above the general requirements for food premises as they usually involve more high risk operations.
The local authority provides advice and information to food businesses in the local area to ensure that all food supplied is wholesome and produced in a clean, hygienic manner
A late night refreshment house licence is required when a building (that does not have a justices licence in force) is kept open for public refreshment between 10 o'clock at night and 5 o'clock the following morning. Applications may be considered jointly by the local authority, police and fire authorities.
Permission is required from the local authority to place furniture on pavements - other legislation may apply depending on the premises.