Food Business in India is one of the most lucrative and trending businesses right now. In this digital era, anyone can order food anytime anywhere. People are enjoying their meal at doorstep using online food portals. This is how the food sector has experienced tremendous growth in the past couple of years with the introduction of several new food joints.
But before starting a food business, it is imperative to follow a set of guidelines in order to carry out food services and sell food products. Failure to do so, one may land up with unnecessary legal hindrances.
Whether you are looking to start a food business or want to know how to get the restaurant license in India, our blog will drive you in the right path for running your food business smoothly. Let’s have a look at the food business license requirements to avoid future consequences.
Every food business owner including a petty vendor/ hawker needs to obtain a Food license from FSSAI. FSSAI stands for the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
The FSSAI license is of 3 types:
FSSAI State License
FSSAI Central License
Application for FSSAI Registration / License can be made either offline or online. For obtaining the license offline, the food business owner shall send an application to the Licensing Authority along with requisite fees. However, for online license/ registration, the Food Licensing and Registration System (FLRS), portal launched by FSSAI can be used.
On completion of the registration process, an FSSAI license number is provided to the food business operator. If the food business is operating in more than one state a central license will be needed for the head office / registered office. The license is issued with varying validity from 1 year to 5 years.
Heavy penalties are levied on operators running a food business without FSSAI Registration/License.
Trade License/ Eating House License
Food business is usually granted Trade License as an ‘Eating House’ under the Municipal Corporation laws of the respective States in India. Any food business operator can obtain a trade license by making an application to the concerned municipality.
Typically, the trade licenses issued in most of the States are valid for a period of 1 year and the same is renewed on payment of yearly fees.
If you plan to open more than one outlet, every outlet must have a valid trade license from the concerned municipality.
In case you are planning to serve alcohol along with the food, you will also require a liquor license. Selling of alcohol or its distribution without a valid liquor license is illegal and prohibited.