Catering Van On Own Land Providing Services to School Children & Parents?

by Ian
(Burton on Trent)

We want to site a small mobile catering van on our own land. The property runs parallel to a school drive and the van would front onto this, so providing a service to school children and parents.

The van is situated well away from the main road, so reducing possible hazards.
Our questions are:

1. What permission is required in order to lawfully run the business e.g from the school, council etc.

2. What planning permission is required.

3. Which insurances / certification is required.


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Feb 18, 2012
Mobile Catering Near School?
by: David

Hi Ian,

The best advice that I can give you is for you to contact your local council and find out if you are permitted to set up your business in such short proximity to the school.

I believe that you may not be permitted to operate your fast food catering van business as is will be too close to the school.

I say this because a friend of mine tried to set up a fast food business selling chicken and chips, but was told that his business would be too close to the local school and subsequently turned down his application.

I am not saying that all councils have adopted this plan of action but it's worth you checking to make sure before you commit yourself to this business idea.

Best of luck,

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