Mobile catering involves using catering vehicles, marquees, stalls and other temporary structures for food preparation and serving food (including drinks).
Mobile caterers operate on land owned by the council or privately owned land on a temporary or regular basis.
Locations include: street/public highway, markets, community events, retail parks, car parks, fairs, parks and green spaces, outdoor shows, charitable events, established/permanent venues, sporting and entertainment venues, school events, music festivals and private functions.
As a mobile caterer you must ensure that the food you provide does not become contaminated during storage or preparation as this can result in food poisoning.
Setting up a mobile business;
In order to set up a mobile business in Derry/Strabane you will need to:
1. Register your food business
Where a mobile catering vehicle or unit is kept or stored overnight at a property within Derry/Strabane, it is that address which must be registered with Derry City and Strabane District Council.
Food Registration Form
If the vehicle or unit is kept or stored overnight at a property outside Derry/Strabane, then you must register that address with the relevant Council for that area.
2. Comply with all the relevant food hygiene and safety legislation
You should operate in accordance with the standards specified in The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) National guidance for Outdoor and Mobile Catering
T7 &T8 Checklists
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) website also has useful information about starting a catering business.
Advice for Mobile Vehicles Operating Within Council Areas.
3. Comply with all relevant health and safety legislation
For information on the above contact the Health and Safety team on email or by telephone on 02871 253253
Information on Gas Safety
You can find additional information on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
4. Street Trading/Licensing
If you wish to trade on a designated street in Northern Ireland, you must obtain a licence from your local district council.
Applications must be made in writing and will be subject to a fee.
For further information visit the Licensing Section or telephone Licensing Department on 02871 253253
Setting up a Food Business
Food System Management System
Food Hygiene Inspections
Telephone 028 71253 253