Starting a new food business

If you are planning on starting a new food business you may need to apply for planning permission.

Registering a food business

If you are looking to start up a food business you must register with Havant Borough Council at least 28 days before opening. Registration applies to all businesses selling food including; restaurants, cafes, shops, market stalls, home caterers and mobile caterers.

You can register with Havant Borough Council by completing the following form:

Once completed, please return by email to

You can also register online using the or the websites.

Change to a business

Once a business is registered with us you will only need to notify us of any of the following changes;

  • There is a change of proprietor
  • The nature of the business changes
  • Or if there is a change of the address at which moveable premises are kept.

You will also be required to complete a new food premises registration form.

To see if our team can help you, please complete our online contact us form or call 023 9244 6654.