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Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

For details of the Food Hygiene Rating of food premises in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area click on the link below:

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Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

On the 7th October 2016 the Food Hygiene Act (Ni) 2016 came into force. This legislation made it a legal requirement for food business establishments which have received a statutory food hygiene rating to display the sticker relating to that rating at or near each public entrance into their establishment where it can be readily seen and easily read by customers before they enter. 

It is an offence for a business not to display the statutory food hygiene rating sticker after they have received their notification and the period of 21 days within which the business can appeal the rating has expired.  It is also an offence if the business or any of the staff fail to inform anyone of their hygiene rating, when requested to do so.

Safeguards for businesses are incorporated in the scheme such as appeals, re-rating inspection and right of reply. Further information and application forms can be downloaded below.

Guidance information on the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Appeal Form.

Request for a re-rating Inspection.

Right of Reply.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in partnership with Local Councils developed the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.  It provides information on food hygiene standards to help you choose where to eat out or shop for food.

Food safety officers from the Council inspect food outlets such as restaurants, takeaways, supermarkets and grocers.  During the inspection, we check that their hygiene standards meet legal requirements and cover areas such as:

• How hygienically the food is handled - how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
• The condition of the structure of the buildings - the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities
• How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe, including having a completed safe catering pack or equivalent, the previous history of compliance in the business and staff training.


There are many ways to check the rating of local eating establishments; you can check the rating online, via the free phone app or look for the distinctive green and black rating sticker that businesses must display.

The hygiene standards found at the time of inspection are then rated on a scale of 0 to 5.  A business can be given one of these ratings.

Value AwardedStandard Achieved
FiveVery Good
ThreeGenerally Satisfactory
TwoImprovement Necessary
OneMajor Improvement Necessary
ZeroUrgent Improvement Required