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Register your food business

A food business which is operating within West Lothian should be registered with Environmental Health and Trading Standards 28 days prior to opening.

The Application form for registration of a food business [56KB] ‚Äč should be completed, signed and posted to Environmental Health and Trading Standards, West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 6FF.

When your completed registration form is received your business details will be included in our premises database and will be included in our inspection plan. You will not require to be inspected prior to opening. Complying with food safety legislation is the responsibility of the food business operator.

We aim to complete the first full inspection of new businesses within 2 - 3 months of registration.

You will not receive any confirmation that your business is registered, however if this is required in order to meet the requirements of other regulatory bodies or potential customers then please contact the service and we can send a confirmation email regarding business registration. 

We are required to provide food business details as part of a public register if someone requests this. This information is generally limited to business details (name, address and business type) and we do not release personal or sensitive business information routinely. Personal information etc. would only be released for the purpose of enforcement or regulatory control to another party who has legal entitlement to that information. 

Information regarding food safety compliance within your business can be released in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. We also publish relevant information on business compliance under the Food Hygiene Information Scheme.