Section 50 - Certificate of Suitability in Relation to Food Hygiene

What is it?

A Certificate of Suitability may also be referred to as a Section 50 Certificate

It is required under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

The law requires that premises comply with the requirements of the regulations made under section 16 of the Food Safety Act 1990 relating to construction, layout, drainage, ventilation, lighting and water supply or concerned with the provision of sanitary and washing facilities.

What information does Environmental Health need to process my application?

A detailed layout plan of the premises to show;

  • Kitchen facilities; equipment, sinks and wash hand basins
  • Bar facilities; glass wash equipment, sinks and wash hand basins
  • Sanitary facilities; wash hand basins, intervening ventilated spaces and bin stores
  • Ventilation systems
  • Food hoists

How far in advance should I apply?

Applications should be submitted prior to the build commencing.  This will allow for any alterations to be made at an early stage should there be issues with the layout from a food safety perspective.

How long does it take to get a certificate?

Applications are generally processed within 10-15 working days.

How much does a section 50 cost?

The current charge is £361.99 (2023/24).  Fees are subject to review at the end of each financial year and may increase.

How do I apply for a section 50?

Fill out the application form (including payment)

Apply for Section 50