Listed below are the Competent Authorities responsible for registering and approving food businesses. If you are unsure which one you should contact you can phone our Advice-line on 1890 336677 for assistance.
Health Service Executive (HSE)
Typically, the HSE inspects businesses like restaurants, delis, retailers, mobile food businesses and food stalls and some manufacturing premises, including microbreweries.
You should contact the HSE at the earliest possible stage if you are thinking of starting a food business - Read more
It is a legal requirement to notify your food business. Find contact details for your local HSE office
You can notify your food business online on the HSE website. You can also use this online system to make changes to your notification. If you have any questions or difficulties submitting online notifications you can contact the Environmental Health Service of the HSE at firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Typically, DAFM inspects establishments involved in animal slaughter and handling and/or processing meat, dairy products and eggs
See www.agriculture.gov.ie or call LoCall: 1890 200510 Tel: 01 6072000
Local Authority Veterinary Inspector
Typically, the local authority veterinary inspector regulates establishments involved in animal slaughter and handling and/or processing meat.
You should contact your local authority veterinary service at the earliest possible stage if you are thinking of starting a food business.
It is a legal requirement to notify your food business.
Contact details for local authorities
Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA)
Typically, the SFPA inspects establishments handling and/or processing fish and fishery products and products of aquaculture.
Contact them at www.sfpa.ie or Tel: 021 4515100
Last reviewed: 6/5/2020