Businesses that sell alcohol and/or trade late may need a licence for alcohol, entertainment and late opening.
Businesses that trade from vehicles, trailers or stalls may need a street trading licence.
A full list of council Licences can be found on Get a Licence.
Food export health certificates
We are able to supply health certificates for a small charge.
A health certificate is a document required to export some foods into certain countries.
Not all certificates are the same. Destination countries have different requirements. It is the exporter’s responsibility to ascertain the requirements of the destination country, including the required wording of any health certificate.
The following information must be provided in order to process any application. The information should be supplied at least three working days before the certificate is required, although we do offer a next day service, for a higher fee:
- despatch date
- importers name and address
- name and address of producer/supplier
- means of transport i.e. air / ship
- the precise wording required on the certificate
- name (or description) of the food
- quantity of food (in words and figures)
- batches identification, for example, "200 (two hundred) x 1 (one) litre cartons of orange juice"
- any analyst report required by Brent Council
- full payment
Food businesses which export
If you wish to export Products of Animal Origin (POAO) such as meat, fish, shellfish, egg products and dairy products to the European Union (EU) or move such products to Northern Ireland (NI) may require an Export Health Certificate (EHC) to export.
- You will need to apply and get your application certified via EHC Online.
- You can prepare now by registering for EHC Online, and viewing the specimen EU EHCs and Notes for Guidance.
Cold Stores and distribution centres
Cold Stores and distribution centres that form part of single supply chain specifically to a single supplier, such as a major UK food retailer/Supermarket planning to export POAO to NI or EU, may also need an EHC.
You will need to contact the Food Standards Agency (firstname.lastname@example.org) providing them with company, details; supply chain and local authority contact details. For full details visit the Food Standards Agency website.
If you plan to export food after 31 December 2020 you must ensure that the products that arrive in NI or EU are displayed with an EU addresses on the wrapping/packaging. For full details on labelling requirements see government guidance.