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

Changes in EU food safety law, which came into effect from the 14th December 2019 have affected the operation of the current Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. This is a temporary situation until new legislation is enacted.  In the meantime the scheme will be operating on a voluntary basis. During this period businesses will still be able to display their rating and will be able to avail of the safeguards outlined below. The businesses current food hygiene rating score will still appear on the FSA website. In the interim businesses should continue to display their score to help the consumer make an informed choice as current research shows that people are now looking out for it and will expect to see it.

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.

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.