Legal requirements for tourism businesses
Food and drink laws in tourism businesses
If you wish to carry out any 'food operations' in the course of your accommodation business, you must register your premises with your local council's environmental health department. You must do so at least 28 days before your business opens.
Food operations include selling, cooking, storing, handling, preparing and distributing food and drink.
If you're serving food to your guests, you also need to ensure that you comply with other relevant laws relating to food safety, hygiene and labelling. Find detailed information on each below.
- Hygiene for food businesses - store food correctly ensuring good hygiene and comply with health standards
- food law and enforcement - an introduction for food business operators to food law and food hygiene laws, and how they are enforced
- labelling food products - labelling requirements
- Starting and running a food business - food safety and best practice for food businesses, including ideas for healthier catering
If you wish to sell alcohol on your premises, you will need an alcohol licence.
Tourism NI Industry Development028 9044 1673
Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland028 9041 7700