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Improving you food hygiene rating

What can you do to get the best possible rating?

  • look at your last food hygiene inspection report to check that you have carried out all the legal requirements. If you cannot locate your last report please contact us
  • make sure that you and your staff continue to comply with food hygiene law.
  • if you don't get the rating you want at your next inspection, make sure that you understand what you need to do - if you are not sure ask the inspector

Notification of food hygiene rating

You may be verbally told your rating at the time of inspection, or without undue delay and within 14 days. The rating will be published on the national food hygiene rating website 21 days after the notification.

You will receive an inspection report along with a food hygiene rating window sticker, and you can request a wall sticker if required. Any previous stickers that have been provided must be removed from display.

Appeals / Right to Reply

If you do not agree with the rating or believe it is unfair the owner/food business operator of the business should first speak to the inspecting officer. If you still think that the rating is incorrect or wrong an appeal can be made. You can appeal by completing this appeal form.  at This must be done within 21 days of being told about the rating and sent to the Food Safety Team Manager at

If you have improved the hygiene standards since your inspection, or if there were unusual circumstances at the time of the inspection that might have affected your food hygiene rating, you have a right to reply so that you can explain this to potential customers that look up your rating online. Please use this form

Request for re-inspection and re-rating

If you make the improvements to hygiene standards that are highlighted in your inspection report, you can request, in writing, a re-visit with a view to giving you a new food hygiene rating. Where a re-visit takes place it will happen between three and six months following the inspection. This should be sent to the Food and Safety Team Manager at

Further information on all these safeguards can be found on the  fhrs safeguards explained document produced by the Food Standards Agency.


If you are exempt from the FHRS but would like to be included, you can request it here

Updated: 6 Oct 2017
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