Approved Food Premises

Approval Summary

If you operate a food premises within the River Tees Port Health Authority boundary you may need to be approved by River Tees Port Health Authority.

Examples of the type of premises that are required to be approved by us are;

  • Meat processing plants
  • Meat preparation plants
  • Minced meat processing operations and mechanically separated meat processing plants
  • Cold stores

If you are unsure whether your premises needs approval, contact us using the details below.

Regulation Summary

The regulation relating to the approval of certain food premises is Commission Regulation (EC) No 852/2004

Will Tacit Consent Apply

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from us within 21 days.


There are no fees associated with this license

How to Apply

You can either download an application form and submit it electronically or apply online.

We aim to acknowledge your application within three working days. If you have applied electronically or online we will acknowledge your application via email.

Apply on line

Details on how to apply online will follow shortly as there are currently changes being made to the online application system.

Download an application form

Please download the application form below and return it to us using the contact details below.

Approved Food Premises Application

Failed Application Redress

Please contact us in the first instance using the contact details below.

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint, the first contact is made with the trader by you – preferably in the form of a letter (with proof of purchase). If that has not worked, if you are located within the UK, Citizens Advice will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Trade Associations

National Association of Catering Butchers (NACB)
National Federation of Meat and Food Traders

Further Information

Food Standards Agency


There are currently no approved premises within River Tees Port Health Authority, however, should approved premises start up in our Authority, a register will be available to view, by prior arrangement, at our offices.

Contact Details

River Tees Port Health Authority
Belmont House
Rectory Lane
TS14 7FD

Tel: 01287 612406



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