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Starting a new food business

When you are starting a new food business, such as a restaurant, grocery store, food truck, bakery, on-line store or warehouse etc., you need to submit a notification to us. You also need to notify an essential change of your operations or a change of operator.

From your notification we will receive information about your activities and your food premises will be regularly inspected in the future.

You can contact us if you need advice or guidance on food safety issues.


This is how you submit a notification:

1. Submit the notification well in advance or no later than four weeks prior to the commencement of operations. 
2. Submit the notification through Ilppa website, can be used only in Finnish and Swedish at the moment. If you can´t use Ilppa website, you can also fill in a Word form and send that to us. Please attach a layout of the premises to the notification. You can find the forms and further information on our website.  
3. We will process your notification as soon as possible. We will contact you if we need further information. 
4. We will send you a certificate that the notification has been processed.

Processing time:

We will process your notification of starting a food business within seven days from receiving. We will send a certificate to you that the notification has been processed.


The notification of establishing a business and making changes to the operations of food premises based in Helsinki are subject to a charge.

More information:

For more information, please contact Food Safety Unit by e-mail


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Available languages:

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Printable forms - Notification of food premises

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