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Mobile Bars and Food Vendors

If you are organising an event and intend to sell alcohol/refreshments or provide regulated entertainment then you may need to apply for a licence. Please see visit our Alcohol and Entertainment page.

When operating at events in our district you must ensure you meet the following requirements.

You must be registered with the Local Authority where you operate from (wets sales and/or food businesses that regularly trade as a commercial undertaking).

Your hygiene rating (or ‘waiting for an inspection’ notice) must be published on the government food hygiene rating website (if applicable), visit the website to find your business.

You must comply with food safety requirements such as food hygiene and allergen training, have food safety control measures and traceability in place (if applicable). Refer to the Food Standards Agency website.

You must ensure basic health and safety measures are identified and controlled, for example, gas, electric, fire, equipment safety and physical hazards such as scalds, burns, slips, trips and falls. Refer to the Health & Safety Executive website for more information.

You must have the relevant business, staff and event insurances.

Noise considerations

The Council’s Environmental Protection Team advise that the below measures are followed when there is any amplified sound as part of your event, particularly if it is outdoors, to make sure the event runs smoothly and causes minimal impact to surrounding properties.

  • Try to position all speakers so they direct sound away from residential properties
  • Reduce the bass levels of the music being played
  • Ensure there is a competent person in charge of the overall sound levels and these can’t be altered by guests/customers
  • Avoid un-controlled amplified shouting or singing e.g. karaoke
  • Check noise levels around the boundary of the premise at various intervals throughout the event and where necessary ensure that adjustments are made to prevent nuisance being caused
  • Try to slow/quieten down the music towards the end of the event to encourage guests to leave in a calm manner
  • Advise guests where possible to have pre-arranged means of getting home