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Regulations for food businesses<h2 class="sectHeading">Licences​​​​​​​ and certificates</h2><p> <strong>Business licences<br></strong>Formal and informal businesses handling and preparing food for sale to the public are required to obtain a business licence. Various other businesses that occupy a physical space, such as entertainment venues and massage parlours, also require a business licence.</p><p> <strong>Certificate of Acceptability<br></strong>If you are trading in food or beverages, you will also need a Certificate of Acceptability. A Certificate of Acceptability proves your premises are ‘acceptable’ and meet the safety and cleanliness requirements to serve food to the public.</p><p>Follow the City Connect links below to find out how to apply for a business licence or Certificate of Acceptability. </p><div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Licences-and-permits/Business-and-trade/Apply-for-a-business-licence">Apply for a business licence</a><br><a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Licences-and-permits/Business-and-trade/Apply-for-a-certificate-of-acceptability">Apply for a Certificate of Acceptability</a></p></div></div><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Health requirements for businesses​​​​​​​</h2><p>For all food and safety requirements and regulations, please see <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/work%20and%20business/commercial-health-and-safety/environmental-health/food-safety-and-hygiene-requirements">Food safety and hygiene requirements</a>. Please also refer to the National Food and Beverages Regulations – the City enforces these regulations through its policies and by-laws. </p><p>In your standard business licence application, you will have to let us know the details of your business. For example, if you will be serving meat, if your activities are likely to have a noise impact, or if you require a designated smoking area. Your licence will then be issued according to your operational requirements.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Serving on pavements and public walkways​​​​​</h2><p>The City gives permission to restaurants, coffee shops, delis and fast food outlets to place tables and chairs on pavements, pedestrian malls and squares. The permit is only issued if no negative comments are received from the City in terms of pedestrian and vehicle access and planning and design.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Informal trading​​​​​​​</h2><p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Informal traders have to adhere to very strict rules to ensure food safety for all at all times. If you are an informal trader, please consult our <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/Rules%20for%20Informal%20Traders%20Pamphlet.pdf" target="_blank"> Rules for Informal Traders</a> to make sure you are working with us to maintain good hygiene and food safety standards.</span></p><p>If you are trading in food or beverages, you will also need a certificate of acceptability. A certificate of acceptability proves your premises are ‘acceptable’ and meet the safety and cleanliness requirements to serve food to the public. You have to apply for an informal trading permit and a certificate of acceptability separately. </p><div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Licences-and-permits/Business-and-trade/Apply-for-an-informal-trading-permit">Apply for an informal trading permit</a></p><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Apply/Licences-and-permits/Business-and-trade/Apply-for-a-certificate-of-acceptability">Apply for a Certificate of Acceptability</a></p></div></div>GP0|#3fc8b8de-0c5c-43cd-bd74-e1721bd15085;L0|#03fc8b8de-0c5c-43cd-bd74-e1721bd15085|Regulations for Food Businesses;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#2c6b5e3d-3b66-464a-b566-c75e062c96c7;GPP|#0d3239d7-7f51-4f27-91a0-72970cba1d46;GPP|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24;GP0|#b327528e-f1cf-4b98-8996-44792281897a;L0|#0b327528e-f1cf-4b98-8996-44792281897a|Regulations for food businesses;GPP|#1db563fe-1258-4206-8c65-6991cb22da7d;GPP|#ce2f744d-a7d0-4f70-9e09-6cef4e0b7eb4Hygiene and food safety regulations for formal and informal food businesses keep Cape Town’s food safe and hygienic.0

 

 

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