Premises proposed for new food establishment are inspected to ensure that the hygienic linear flow of food and infrastructure within the establishment are acceptable.  


Step 1:  Proprietors can review the Minimum Standards for Food Establishments guidelines and visit or email the Division with the completed Application for Registration/Licencing of a Food Establishment Form. 

Step 2:  The Environmental Health Officer schedules a time with the proprietor to visit the establishment to conduct an inspection.  

Step 3:  The Environmental Health Officer prepares an inspection report and this will be issued to the proprietor within 24 - 48 hours of the inspection.    

Step 4:  If the establishment passes the inspection, they are given a letter for submission to the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs for acquisition of a trade licence (if they were not already issued a trade licence).  If there are conditions to be met, the proprietor will not be issued a trade licence until they have met the conditions stipulated in the letter.

Step 5:  Proprietor visits the Division to sign for and collect their food establishment licence.  They are advised that it is required that they display the licence in a conspicuous area visible to the patrons.   

Supporting Documents

  • Trade Licence (If already issued by the Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs) 
  • Proof of Ownership/Lease or Rent of Property and a Floor Plan
  • Layout and Design of the Permanent Food Premises and Mobile Units

Method of Applying

Email or Visit the Division

Turn Around Time

Two to Four weeks

Department Contact Information

Environmental Health

Main Office
First Floor, Old Administration Building
Main Street, Road Town
Virgin Islands (British) VG1110

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Other Locations
Valley, Virgin Gorda
Port Purcell
Beef Island
Long Bush

Email Address:

Telephone:1(284) 468-5110
Fax:1(284) 468-5109