Charges will be introduced for re-inspections of food business operators in Chesterfield under the national food hygiene rating scheme.
From 1 April, Chesterfield Borough Council will charge £170 for businesses who require another inspection by the council’s environmental health inspectors.
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Currently 94 per cent of food businesses in Chesterfield have a rating of three or above.
“Under the food rating scheme food business operators who have received a low rating and worked to improve standards, can request additional re-rate visits to be carried out to reassess their rating score.
“The charge will only apply to businesses that request a further hygiene inspection and will cover the costs of doing this. The charge will bring us in line with other councils who already charge for these inspections.”
The scheme, introduced in March 2012, helps members of the public to choose where to eat out or shop for food by giving information about the hygiene standards in restaurants, pubs, cafés, takeaways, hotels and other places they eat, as well as supermarkets and other food shops.
The scheme also encourages businesses to improve hygiene standards.
Many businesses display the distinctive green and black sticker which clearly indicates the rating awarded at their last inspection.
Ratings for businesses in Chesterfield are available to view on the Food Standards Agency website.