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Information for businesses

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is designed to help consumers make an informed choice by providing clear information regarding the hygiene standards about the places where they eat and shop.

The scheme also encourages businesses to improve or maintain a good hygiene standard.

Display the rating

Food businesses that are included in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme should display their sticker provided by us at or near each public entrance. The sticker should be easily seen and read by customers before they enter the establishment.

Publication of your rating

If the score is not appealed, your rating will be published on the Food Standards Agency website within 35 days from the date of your inspection. If you do appeal your rating, your rating will not be displayed on the website and an awaiting publication image will be displayed until the appeal is determined.

If you decide to appeal against the rating you have 21 days following receipt of the notification letter to complete an appeal form. Once you receive notification of the outcome of the appeal you should then display the new rating. During this time you can continue displaying your previous rating until the appeal is determined.


For more information about the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, visit the Food Standard Agency at 

For further information and advice, you can also call our Food Safety team on 028 9027 0468.

Contact us
Environmental health
028 9027 0468
Food Safety
Belfast City Council
Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street