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Home Catering

If you are handling or preparing food at home as a commercial business, you must follow the rules of the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006.

Before you take on the tasks of a home caterer, you must make sure you have a good knowledge of food hygiene (preferably a Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering or equivalent), and the facilities to store, prepare and cook food safely.

You must complete a  and return it to the environmental health department before initiating business


  • Before preparing any food, you must clean the kitchen or food preparation area and clear it of all unnecessary items
  • Work surfaces and cutting boards should be thoroughly washed and disinfected before food preparation begins
  • All domestic pets must be kept out of the kitchen while food is being prepared and ideally at all other times too
  • No laundry should be undertaken while food is being prepared. Ideally washing machines should be located outside of food preparation rooms
  • Laundry that you need for catering, overalls, aprons, tea towels and dishcloths, should be washed separately from domestic laundry
  • If you have young children or toddlers, keep them out of the kitchen while you are preparing food for your business
  • You should wear clean, washable overalls when preparing food
  • Always wash your hands
  • Avoid catering if you are unwell, particularly if you have food poisoning or a diarrhoea illness
  • No smoking should be allowed in the kitchen


Related Information:

pdf icon Guidance for Home Caterers - Cakes and Cupcakes [21kb] 

Level 2 Award in Food Safety


Contact us

For further information on Food Hygiene Courses or registering a new food business, contact Environmental Health Technical Officer Tammy Grey.

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