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Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS)

Last updated 30 December 2015
The Food Safety Team aim to protect the health of all people by ensuring food and drink available in our Borough is safe to consume.

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Waltham Forest Council has joined the national food hygiene rating scheme. The scheme is being run in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (the central government department with responsibility for food safety).

Like the ‘Scores on the Doors’ the scheme will help you choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving you information about the hygiene standards in food premises at the time they are inspected by one of our food safety officers to check that they are meeting legal requirements on food hygiene.

For more information see:

Food hygiene ratings

A business is given one of the six ratings below:

  • 5 - Very good
  • 4 - Good
  • 3 - Generally satisfactory
  • 2 - Improvements necessary
  • 1 - Major improvements necessary
  • 0 - Urgent improvement necessary

Businesses are given a window sticker and certificate showing their rating and are encouraged to display these at their premises.

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FHRS guidance for businesses

In order to ensure that the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is fair to businesses, it has been designed to include a number of safeguards. There is an appeal procedure, a right to reply and an opportunity to request a re-visit when improvements have been made.

For more information see:

FHRS standard forms for businesses

Please return the forms via email to or post to:

Food Safety Team
Sycamore House, Town Hall Complex
Forest Road, Walthamstow
E17 4SU

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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Contact details

  • Environmental Health and Trading Standards

    Environment and Regeneration Waltham Forest Council Sycamore House Town Hall Complex Forest Road
    E17 4SU
    Phone: 020 8496 3000