Food premises

Food premises include professional transportation of foodstuffs, foodstuff storages, cafés, kiosks, bakeries, shops, on-line stores for foodstuffs, restaurants, institutional kitchens, regular outdoor sales, etc.

Before starting the business or significant change in the business, you have to either

  • make an announcement of your business in writing to Environment Office of the Oulu Region no later than four weeks before beginning the operations or
  • apply for an approval of your business from Environment Office of the Oulu Region. You can only begin operating after obtaining approval from the authorities.

A notification regarding food premises must be made to a food control official prior to the commencement of commercial operation or significant changes. Please, make the notification

A fee is charged for the handling of the notification. In addition, a notification must be made without delay in the event of change of operator or discontinuation of activity.

The location of the activity must be approved by a Buildings Regulations Department official.

The food inspector will inspect the premises and actions regularly.

Read more about food establishments from Ruokavirasto's website (Finnish Food Authority), please.

Environment Office of the Oulu Region

Visiting address
Solistinkatu 2
90140 Oulu

Postal address
Environment Office of the Oulu Region
PO Box 34
90015 City of Oulu

Telephone number
(08) 558 410 (switchboard)
044 703 6700 (environmental health care helpline, weekdays 9-15)
044 703 6790 (environmental protection helpline and supervision number, weekdays 9-15)

E-mail address

(08) 557 1490

Hailuoto, Kempele, Liminka, Lumijoki, Muhos, Oulu, Tyrnävä