Licence Summary

Premises that are involved in the handling or production of the following foods of animal origin are required to be inspected and approved by the District Council or the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD):

  • Minced Meat
  • Meat Preparations
  • Mechanically Separated Meat
  • Meat Products
  • Shellfish
  • Fishery Products
  • Dairy Products
  • Eggs/Egg Products
  • Frogs Legs/Snails
  • Rendered Animal fats and greaves
  • Treated Stomachs, Bladders and Intestines
  • Gelatine
  • Collagen

The approval of Food Premises of this type is to ensure that additional requirements above the general requirements for food premises are met, as premises of this type often involve more high risk operations.  All food premises producing products of animal origin are required to be approved unless exempted.  You should contact Fermanagh & Omagh District Council’s Environmental Health Department if you are not sure if you require approval.

Regulation Summary

Regulation EC No. 853/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

Application Evaluation Process

Applicants must provide requested information and plans to the District Council within the time specified.

Following receipt of an application an on-site primary inspection will be carried out as soon as possible to verify, where necessary, all systems, procedures and documentation to meet the requirements of the Directive.


There is no fee for this approval.

Apply online

Apply for Approval of Food Business
Apply to change an Approval of Food Business

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

No.  It is in interests of public safety that the Council must process your application before an Approval can be granted.  If you have not heard from the Council within a reasonable period, please contact the Environmental Health Department.

Whilst Tacit Consent does not apply the Council will strive to notify the application of its decision to approve, conditionally approve or refuse the application within 12 weeks.

Failed Application Redress/Licence Holder Redress

If the Council decides to refuse your application you will be notified at the earliest opportunity.  The reason for the decision will be given including the matters necessary to satisfy the requirements of EC Directive 853/2004, etc.  You will also have a right of appeal under Regulation 12 of the Official Feed and Food Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007.

If you have appealed a Council decision and immediately before the refusal you have been using the establishment you may continue to use the establishment pending the result of the Appeal subject to conditions imposed by the Council for the protection of public health.  If the Council considers activities undertaken in the establishment pending the results of an Appeal may present a risk to public health the Council will consider the use of other relevant enforcement powers as appropriate.

Consumer Complaints

In the event of a complaint the first contact can be made with the District Council.  Alternatively, in the UK Citizens Advice Bureau will give you advice.  From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Public Register

A register of Approved Premises can be provided on request.

Data Protection

Under the Data Protection Act, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council has a legal duty to protect any information we collect about you.  It will not be disclosed to any third party unless law or regulation compel such disclosure or unless we have been specifically asked to do so in order to deliver a service which you have requested.

For further information contact the Environmental Health Department by completing the online form below, enquire here.

Enquire here