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Food License (FSSAI)

Who is required to take Food License (FSSAI):

Every food business operator has to take a Food License before commencing the food business. Food License is issued by Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is the governing body regulated under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

Who is exempted from Food License (FSSAI):

A petty manufacturer who himself manufactures or sells any article of food or a petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor or a temporary stall holder or small scale or cottage or such other industries relating to food business or tiny food business operator. However, if their annual turnover is upto Rs.12 lakhs, they may apply for Registration under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

What is Registration and License:

Registration: A petty food business operator whose annual turnover is upto Rs. 12 lakhs will apply for Registration.

License: A food business operator other than a petty food business operator will apply for License.

Types of Food Licenses:

There are two types of Licenses: One is State License and other is Central License. You can find below the eligibility criteria and fee structure:

Punishment for carrying out a business without Food License:

If any person or food business operator (except a petty manufacturer who himself manufactures or sells any article of food or a petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor or a temporary stall holder or small scale or cottage or such other industries relating to food business or tiny food business operator whose annual turnover is upto Rs.12 lakhs), himself or by any person on his behalf who is required to obtain licence, manufacturers, sells, stores or distributes or imports any article of food without licence, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and also with a fine which may extend to five lakh rupees.

Who are required to take simple Registration

The following food business operators are eligible to take simple registration. It means a State or Central License is not required for them.

Kind of Business Criteria License/Registration Fee Per Annum
Petty Food Business Operators
Manufactures or sells any kind of food by himself/herself, Petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor, temporary stall, Thela, Sweets Shop, Juice Stall etc.

e.g Gol gappa stall, fruits/vegetables vendors, snacks stall, Tea Stall, Samosa, Bread pakoda, retail shops, Temporary Food Stalls like Chinese food stall, South Indian Food etc.

Temporary or fixed stall or food premise involved in preparation, storage, distribution and sale of food products that can be served as a snacks/ tea/coffee and similar variants.

Hawker - Selling packaged or freshly prepared food by travelling (usually on foot or movable carts) from one location to other.
Annual Turnover upto Rs. 12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Dairy Units including Milk Chilling Units

Registration for Petty Milkman, Milk Vendors. Dairy processing means handling, processing, manufacturing, packing, storing, distribution & transportation of milk and milk products.

Upto 500 Ltrs of Milk per day

Upto 2.5 MT of Milk Solids per annum
Registration Rs.100
Repacking means packing of food product into different sizes with labeling after doing minimal processing as required like sorting, grading, sieving etc. from wholesale packages. The food product is not manipulated & the composition or formulation is not affected or changed. Turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs per annum

or

Production capacity upto 100 Kgs/Ltrs per day
Registration Rs.100
Vegetable Oil Processing Units

Vegetable oil processing means processing of vegetables to produce vegetable oils by the process of solvent extraction/expeller and refining including oil expeller units.
Annual Turnover upto Rs. 12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Slaughtering House

Slaughtering means a process of transporting, stunning, butchering, dressing, processing, storing & distribution of live animals/poultry birds.

Meat shop, Chicken Shop, Mutton Shop Lamb Meat etc.
Large Animals: 2
Small Animals: 10
Poultry Birds: 50
Registration Rs.100
Meat Processing

Meat processing means further processing of slaughtered animals/poultry birds into meat & meat products, packaging, storing & transportation of meat & meat products.

Fish processing means handling, processing of fish, manufacturing of fish products, packing, storing, distribution & transportation of fish and fish products.
Annual Turnover upto Rs. 12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Storage - Cold/Refrigerated

Cold/refrigerated storage is an activity where refrigerated/ frozen food products in packed or unpacked condition is stored for further distribution in refrigeration/ freezing storage facilities.
Annual Turnover upto Rs. 12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Storage – Atmospheric Controlled + Cold

Controlled Atmosphere storage is an activity where food products in packed or unpacked condition is stored for further distribution in controlled atmosphere storage facilities. A controlled atmosphere, generally used for storage of dry commodities & agricultural produce in which the concentrations of oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, as well as the temperature and humidity of a storage room are regulated.
Annual Turnover upto Rs. 12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Storage Without Atmospheric Controlled + Cold

Storage is an activity where food products in packed or unpacked condition is stored for further distribution in storage facilities, also called warehouses, godowns, etc
Annual Turnover upto Rs. 12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Transporter (having a number of specialised vehicles like insulated refrigerated van/wagon, milk tankers etc.)

Transportation is an activity of transporting food products (both packed and bulk) from one location to another in vehicles/containers including specialized vehicles like insulated refrigerated van/ wagon, oil/milk tankers etc.

Food Trucks are also covered in this category
Single Vehicle and Turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs per annum Registration Rs.100
Wholesaler

Wholesale is an activity in the distribution channel where food product is procured in bulk and then sold to resellers/retailers rather than to consumers.
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Distributor

Distribution is an activity in the distribution channel where food product is distributed from the original place of manufacture to the person who makes the final delivery or sale of the food product to the ultimate consumer.
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Supplier

Supply is an activity in the distribution channel where food product is provided to the consumer as per the requirements raised by the consumer.
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Retailer

Retail is an activity where food products is procured from a manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler and sold to the ultimate end user.

E.g. Retail Shop/ Fish/ Meat/Poultry shop/ seller/Sweet Shop/Snacks/Confectionery or Bakery Shop
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Maker

Marketing (self) means promoting food product of a brand in the market which is owned by the self.

Marketing (Third Party) means promoting food poduct of a brand in the market which is not owned by the self.
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Hotel

Hotel is a commercial establishment providing lodging, meals, and other guest services.

In general, to be called a hotel, an establishment must have a minimum of six letting bedrooms, at least three of which must have attached (ensuite) private bathroom facilities.
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Restaurant and Bars

Restaurant is a type of food service operation which prepares, serves food and drinks to customers in exchange for money. Meals are generally served and eaten on the premises, but many restaurants also offer take-out and food delivery services, and some offer only take-out and delivery.
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Club/Canteen

Canteen or Cafeteria is a dining area in an institution/ establishment serving food (being prepared in the premises or procured from other location or source) to individuals associated with or visiting the institution.
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Food Vending Agencies

Sale of packaged/fresh food from a temporary or fixed stall/cart/ machine by an individual or by automation.
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Dhaba
Food service establishment generally located near roadside/highway involved in processing, storing, packaging and selling of food to customers for consumption

Boarding houses serving food
A building providing food and lodging for paying guest.

Banquet halls with food catering arrangements
A specified area such as hall which is used for the purpose of hosting parties/ ceremonies involved in preparation and serving of food to customers for consumption.

Home Based Canteens/ Dabba Wallas
An individual or establishment involved in distribution of packed meals (usually packed lunch) from food service establishments such as home based caterer or restaurants to customers.

Permanent/ Temporary stall Holder
A stand/booth/compartment/small covered area being used for preparation and /or sale of freshly prepared or packaged food for consumption. This structure maybe temporary or permanent (fixed).

Food stalls/ Arrangements in religious gatherings/ fairs etc
A stand/booth/compartment/small covered area being used for preparation and /or sale or distribution of freshly prepared or packaged food being offered as Prasad in a religious institution.
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Departmental Canteens at the premises of Central Govt. Institutions

Food Service Establishment involved in preparation and serving of food for consumption of a group of individuals working or visiting central government agencies
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Mid Day Meal Canteen

Canteens serving food under mid day meal scheme in Schools.
Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100
Caterers/Restaurants/Canteens/Hawkers/Petty Retailers at the premises of Railway Stations or under the control of Indian Railways Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs Registration Rs.100

Who are required to take State License

The following food business operators are eligible to take State License.

Kind of Business Criteria License/Registration Fee Per Annum
Dairy Units including Milk Chilling Units

Registration for Petty Milkman, Milk Vendors. Dairy processing means handling, processing, manufacturing, packing, storing, distribution & transportation of milk and milk products.

10001 – 50,000 Ltrs of Milk per day

501 MT – 2500 MT of Milk Solids per annum
State License Rs.5000
Dairy Units including Milk Chilling Units

Registration for Petty Milkman, Milk Vendors. Dairy processing means handling, processing, manufacturing, packing, storing, distribution & transportation of milk and milk products.

501 – 10,000 Ltrs of Milk per day

2.5 MT – 500 MT of Milk Solids per annum
State License Rs.3000
Vegetable Oil Processing Units

Vegetable oil processing means processing of vegetables to produce vegetable oils by the process of solvent extraction/expeller and refining including oil expeller units.
1-2 MT per day State License Rs.5000
Vegetable Oil Processing Units

Vegetable oil processing means processing of vegetables to produce vegetable oils by the process of solvent extraction/expeller and refining including oil expeller units.
Below 1 MT per day State License Rs.3000
Slaughtering House

Slaughtering means a process of transporting, stunning, butchering, dressing, processing, storing & distribution of live animals/poultry birds.

Meat shop, Chicken Shop, Mutton Shop Lamb Meat etc.
Large Animals: 3 to 50
Small Animals: 11 to 150
Poultry Birds: 51 to 1000
State License Rs.2000
Meat Processing

Meat processing means further processing of slaughtered animals/poultry birds into meat & meat products, packaging, storing & transportation of meat & meat products.

Fish processing means handling, processing of fish, manufacturing of fish products, packing, storing, distribution & transportation of fish and fish products.
Upto 500 Kg Meat per day
or
Upto 150 MT Meat per annum
State License Rs.3000
All Food Manufacturing/ Processing units other than Dairy Units, Vegetable Oil, Meat Processing and Slaughtering Houses
Manufacturing/Processing Unit means a person/entity which owns or operates an establishment that manufactures or processes a food product.

This term includes, but is not limited to contract manufacturers, contract packers and other entities that manufactures or processes a food product.

Manufacturing or processingmeans each step in conversion of raw material derived from livestock and agricultural produce into products for intermediate or final consumption. The process includes procurement, receipt, preparation, Manufacturing/processing, packaging, storage, distribution & transportation of food products.

Repacking means packing of food product into different sizes with labeling after doing minimal processing as required like sorting, grading, sieving etc. from wholesale packages. The food product is not manipulated & the composition or formulation is not affected or changed.
Production Capacity: 101 Kgs/Ltrs – 1 MT Per Day

All Grains, Cereals, Pulses Milling units without any limit on Production Capacity
State License Rs.3000
All Food Manufacturing/ Processing units other than Dairy Units, Vegetable Oil, Meat Processing and Slaughtering Houses
Manufacturing/Processing Unit means a person/entity which owns or operates an establishment that manufactures or processes a food product.

This term includes, but is not limited to contract manufacturers, contract packers and other entities that manufactures or processes a food product.

Manufacturing or processing means each step in conversion of raw material derived from livestock and agricultural produce into products for intermediate or final consumption. The process includes procurement, receipt, preparation, Manufacturing/processing, packaging, storage, distribution & transportation of food products.

Repacking means packing of food product into different sizes with labeling after doing minimal processing as required like sorting, grading, sieving etc. from wholesale packages. The food product is not manipulated & the composition or formulation is not affected or changed.
Production Capacity: 1MT – 2 MT Per Day State License Rs.5000
Storage - Cold/Refrigerated

Cold/refrigerated storage is an activity where refrigerated/ frozen food products in packed or unpacked condition is stored for further distribution in refrigeration/ freezing storage facilities.
Storage Capacity Upto 10,000 MT State License Rs.2000
Storage – Atmospheric Controlled + Cold

Controlled Atmosphere storage is an activity where food products in packed or unpacked condition is stored for further distribution in controlled atmosphere storage facilities. A controlled atmosphere, generally used for storage of dry commodities & agricultural produce in which the concentrations of oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, as well as the temperature and humidity of a storage room are regulated.
Storage Capacity Upto 1,000 MT State License Rs.5000
Storage Without Atmospheric Controlled + Cold

Storage is an activity where food products in packed or unpacked condition is stored for further distribution in storage facilities, also called warehouses, godowns, etc
Storage Capacity Upto 50,000 MT State License Rs.2000
Transporter (having a number of specialised vehicles like insulated refrigerated van/wagon, milk tankers etc.)

Transportation is an activity of transporting food products (both packed and bulk) from one location to another in vehicles/containers including specialized vehicles like insulated refrigerated van/ wagon, oil/milk tankers etc.

Food Trucks are also covered in this category
Upto 100 Vehicles and Turnover upto Rs. 30 Crores per annum State License Rs.2000
Wholesaler

Wholesale is an activity in the distribution channel where food product is procured in bulk and then sold to resellers/retailers rather than to consumers.
Turnover upto Rs. 30 Crores per annum State License Rs.2000
Distributor

Distribution is an activity in the distribution channel where food product is distributed from the original place of manufacture to the person who makes the final delivery or sale of the food product to the ultimate consumer.
Turnover upto Rs. 20 Crores per annum State License Rs.2000
Supplier

Supply is an activity in the distribution channel where food product is provided to the consumer as per the requirements raised by the consumer.
Turnover upto Rs. 20 Crores per annum State License Rs.2000
Retailer

Retail is an activity where food products is procured from a manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler and sold to the ultimate end user.

E.g. Retail Shop/ Fish/ Meat/Poultry shop/ seller/Sweet Shop/Snacks/Confectionery or Bakery Shop
Turnover upto Rs. 20 Crores per annum State License Rs.2000
Maker

Marketing (self) means promoting food product of a brand in the market which is owned by the self.

Marketing (Third Party) means promoting food poduct of a brand in the market which is not owned by the self.
Turnover upto Rs. 20 Crores per annum State License Rs.2000
Hotel

Hotel is a commercial establishment providing lodging, meals, and other guest services.

In general, to be called a hotel, an establishment must have a minimum of six letting bedrooms, at least three of which must have attached (ensuite) private bathroom facilities.
Three Star and Four Star State License Rs.5000
Hotel

Hotel is a commercial establishment providing lodging, meals, and other guest services.

In general, to be called a hotel, an establishment must have a minimum of six letting bedrooms, at least three of which must have attached (ensuite) private bathroom facilities.
One Star, Two Star or Hotel without Star Rating by Ministry of Tourism (HRACC) State License Rs.2000
Restaurant and Bars

Restaurant is a type of food service operation which prepares, serves food and drinks to customers in exchange for money. Meals are generally served and eaten on the premises, but many restaurants also offer take-out and food delivery services, and some offer only take-out and delivery.
Turnover upto Rs. 20 Crores per annum State License Rs.2000
Club/Canteen

Canteen or Cafeteria is a dining area in an institution/ establishment serving food (being prepared in the premises or procured from other location or source) to individuals associated with or visiting the institution.
Turnover More than Rs 12 Lacs per annum State License Rs.2000
Caterer

Food Service Establishment involved in preparation, storage, serving and /or transport of food for consumption of a group at a venue of ceremony/celebration /ritual/institution.
Turnover upto Rs. 20 Crores per annum State License Rs.2000
Food Vending Agencies

Sale of packaged/fresh food from a temporary or fixed stall/cart/ machine by an individual or by automation.
Upto 100 Vending Machines in only one State/UT State License Rs.2000
Dhaba
Food service establishment generally located near roadside/highway involved in processing, storing, packaging and selling of food to customers for consumption

Boarding houses serving food
A building providing food and lodging for paying guest.

Banquet halls with food catering arrangements
A specified area such as hall which is used for the purpose of hosting parties/ ceremonies involved in preparation and serving of food to customers for consumption.

Home Based Canteens/ Dabba Wallas
An individual or establishment involved in distribution of packed meals (usually packed lunch) from food service establishments such as home based caterer or restaurants to customers.

Permanent/ Temporary stall Holder
A stand/booth/compartment/small covered area being used for preparation and /or sale of freshly prepared or packaged food for consumption. This structure maybe temporary or permanent (fixed).

Food stalls/ Arrangements in religious gatherings/ fairs etc
A stand/booth/compartment/small covered area being used for preparation and /or sale or distribution of freshly prepared or packaged food being offered as Prasad in a religious institution.
Turnover more than Rs.12 Lacs per annum State License Rs.2000
Mid Day Meal Caterer

The Midday Meal Scheme is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to better the nutritional standing of school-age children nationwide. The programme supplies free lunches on working days for children in primary and upper primary classes in government, government aided, local body, Education Guarantee Scheme, and alternate innovative education centres, Madarsa and Maqtabs supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, and National Child Labour Project schools run by the ministry of labour. Caterer preparing and transporting food to institutions under Midday meal scheme.
Turnover upto Rs. 20 Crores per annum State License Rs.2000
Mid Day Meal Canteen

Canteens serving food under mid day meal scheme in Schools.
Turnover More than Rs 12 Lacs per annum State License Rs.2000
Caterers/Restaurants/Canteens/Hawkers/Petty Retailers at the premises of Railway Stations or under the control of Indian Railways Annual turnover upto Rs.12 Lacs State License Rs.5000

Who are required to take Central License

The following food business operators are eligible to take Central License.

Kind of Business Criteria License/Registration Fee Per Annum
Dairy Units including Milk Chilling Units

Registration for Petty Milkman, Milk Vendors. Dairy processing means handling, processing, manufacturing, packing, storing, distribution & transportation of milk and milk products.

More than 50,000 Liters of Milk per day

More than 2500 MT of Milk Solid Per annum
Central License Rs.7500
Vegetable Oil Processing Units

Vegetable oil processing means processing of vegetables to produce vegetable oils by the process of solvent extraction/expeller and refining including oil expeller units.
More than 2 MT per day Central License Rs.7500
Slaughtering House

Slaughtering means a process of transporting, stunning, butchering, dressing, processing, storing & distribution of live animals/poultry birds.

Meat shop, Chicken Shop, Mutton Shop Lamb Meat etc.
Large Animals: 50
Small Animals: More than 150
Poultry Birds: 1000
Central License Rs.7500
Meat Processing

Meat processing means further processing of slaughtered animals/poultry birds into meat & meat products, packaging, storing & transportation of meat & meat products.

Fish processing means handling, processing of fish, manufacturing of fish products, packing, storing, distribution & transportation of fish and fish products.
Morethan 500 Kg Meat per day
or
More than 2 MT per day

No Grains, Cereals or Pulses Milling Units
Central License Rs.7500
All Food Manufacturing/ Processing units other than Dairy Units, Vegetable Oil, Meat Processing and Slaughtering Houses
Manufacturing/Processing Unit means a person/entity which owns or operates an establishment that manufactures or processes a food product.

This term includes, but is not limited to contract manufacturers, contract packers and other entities that manufactures or processes a food product.

Manufacturing or processingmeans each step in conversion of raw material derived from livestock and agricultural produce into products for intermediate or final consumption. The process includes procurement, receipt, preparation, Manufacturing/processing, packaging, storage, distribution & transportation of food products.

Repacking means packing of food product into different sizes with labeling after doing minimal processing as required like sorting, grading, sieving etc. from wholesale packages. The food product is not manipulated & the composition or formulation is not affected or changed.
Production Capacity: More than 101 Kgs/Ltrs – 1 MT Per Day

All Grains, Cereals, Pulses Milling units without any limit on Production Capacity
Central License Rs.7500
Proprietary Food No restriction on production capacity Central License Rs.7500
Novel Food

With prior Product Approval/ NOC from FSSAI
No restriction on production capacity Central License Rs.7500
Storage - Cold/Refrigerated

Cold/refrigerated storage is an activity where refrigerated/ frozen food products in packed or unpacked condition is stored for further distribution in refrigeration/ freezing storage facilities.
Storage Capacity more than 10,000 MT Central License Rs.7500
Storage – Atmospheric Controlled + Cold

Controlled Atmosphere storage is an activity where food products in packed or unpacked condition is stored for further distribution in controlled atmosphere storage facilities. A controlled atmosphere, generally used for storage of dry commodities & agricultural produce in which the concentrations of oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen, as well as the temperature and humidity of a storage room are regulated.
Storage Capacity more than 10,000 MT Central License Rs.7500
Storage Without Atmospheric Controlled + Cold

Storage is an activity where food products in packed or unpacked condition is stored for further distribution in storage facilities, also called warehouses, godowns, etc
Storage Capacity more than 50,000 MT Central License Rs.7500
Transporter (having a number of specialised vehicles like insulated refrigerated van/wagon, milk tankers etc.)

Transportation is an activity of transporting food products (both packed and bulk) from one location to another in vehicles/containers including specialized vehicles like insulated refrigerated van/ wagon, oil/milk tankers etc.

Food Trucks are also covered in this category
More than 100 Vehicles and Turnover more than Rs. 30 Crores per annum Central License Rs.7500
Wholesaler

Wholesale is an activity in the distribution channel where food product is procured in bulk and then sold to resellers/retailers rather than to consumers.
Turnover more than Rs. 30 Crores per annum Central License Rs.7500
Distributor

Distribution is an activity in the distribution channel where food product is distributed from the original place of manufacture to the person who makes the final delivery or sale of the food product to the ultimate consumer.
Turnover more than Rs. 20 Crores per annum Central License Rs.7500
Supplier

Supply is an activity in the distribution channel where food product is provided to the consumer as per the requirements raised by the consumer.
Turnover more than Rs. 20 Crores per annum Central License Rs.7500
Retailer

Retail is an activity where food products is procured from a manufacturer, distributor or wholesaler and sold to the ultimate end user.

E.g. Retail Shop/ Fish/ Meat/Poultry shop/ seller/Sweet Shop/Snacks/Confectionery or Bakery Shop
Turnover more than Rs. 20 Crores per annum Central License Rs.7500
Maker

Marketing (self) means promoting food product of a brand in the market which is owned by the self.

Marketing (Third Party) means promoting food poduct of a brand in the market which is not owned by the self.
Turnover more than Rs. 20 Crores per annum Central License Rs.7500
Hotel

Hotel is a commercial establishment providing lodging, meals, and other guest services.

In general, to be called a hotel, an establishment must have a minimum of six letting bedrooms, at least three of which must have attached (ensuite) private bathroom facilities.
Three Star and Four Star Central License Rs.7500
Hotel

Hotel is a commercial establishment providing lodging, meals, and other guest services.

In general, to be called a hotel, an establishment must have a minimum of six letting bedrooms, at least three of which must have attached (ensuite) private bathroom facilities.
Five Star and above Central License Rs.7500
Restaurant and Bars

Restaurant is a type of food service operation which prepares, serves food and drinks to customers in exchange for money. Meals are generally served and eaten on the premises, but many restaurants also offer take-out and food delivery services, and some offer only take-out and delivery.
Turnover upto Rs. 20 Crores per annum Central License Rs.7500
Caterer

Food Service Establishment involved in preparation, storage, serving and /or transport of food for consumption of a group at a venue of ceremony/celebration /ritual/institution.
Turnover more than Rs. 20 Crores per annum Central License Rs.7500
Food Vending Agencies

Sale of packaged/fresh food from a temporary or fixed stall/cart/ machine by an individual or by automation.
More than 100 Vending Machines and/or located in two or more States/UTs Central License Rs.7500
Importers
Importers importing food items including food ingredients and additives for commercial use. Import is an activity where articles of trade from a foreign source is brought into a domestic market in the course of trade
Importing any type of food product with no limit on the capacity Central License Rs.7500
Food Business Activities at premises of Central Govt Agencies such as Storage, Wholesale, Distribution, Retail etc Documents for License as per the business activity – Storage, Wholesale, Distribution, Retail No limit on Capacity or Turnover Central License Rs.7500
Departmental Canteens at the premises of Central Govt. Institutions

Food Service Establishment involved in preparation and serving of food for consumption of a group of individuals working or visiting central government agencies
Turnover more than Rs.12 Lacs per annum Central License Rs.2000
Food Business Activities at premises of Airport/Seaport such as Storage, Wholesale, Distribution, Retail etc

Food Service Establishment involved in preparation and serving of food at airports/seaports.

Documents for License as per the business activity – Storage, Wholesale, Distribution, Retail
No limit on Capacity or Turnover Central License Rs.7500
Mid Day Meal Caterer

The Midday Meal Scheme is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to better the nutritional standing of school-age children nationwide. The programme supplies free lunches on working days for children in primary and upper primary classes in government, government aided, local body, Education Guarantee Scheme, and alternate innovative education centres, Madarsa and Maqtabs supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, and National Child Labour Project schools run by the ministry of labour. Caterer preparing and transporting food to institutions under Midday meal scheme.
Turnover more than Rs. 20 Crores per annum Central License Rs.7500
Exporter No limit on Capacity or Turnover Central License Rs.7500
Caterers/Restaurants/Canteens/Hawkers/Petty Retailers at the premises of Railway Stations or under the control of Indian Railways Annual turnover more than Rs.12 Lacs Central License Rs.2000
E-Commerce

E-commerce also known as electronic commerce or internet commerce, refers to the buying and selling of goods or services using the internet, and the transfer of money and data to execute these transactions. Ecommerce is often used to refer to the sale of physical products online, but it can also describe any kind of commercial transaction that is facilitated through the internet.
No limit on Capacity or Turnover Central License Rs.7500
Head Office/Registered Office

Food Business Operators having food business activities in two or more States/UTs have to declare one Head Office/Registered Office.
No limit on Capacity or Turnover Central License Rs.7500

How to get Registration or License under FSSAI

You can find below the Documents required and Step by Step Registration Process.


Documents Required

  • A

    Registration

    1. Proprietor/Partners/Directors Photos
    2. ID Proofs
      Aadhaar Card or Voter ID or Passport or Driver's License
    3. Registered Office Address Proof: Latest Power Bill
    4. No-objection letter from the Landlord.
    5. Rental Agreement from the landlord if the premises are rented.
    6. Company email id.
    7. Mobile Numbers
    8. Self Declaratoin in Sepcimen Format
  • B

    State/Central License-Non Manufacturing/Pricessing Units

    1. List of Directors/Partners/Proprietor/Executive Members of Society/Trust with full address and contact details with nomination of authorized signatory on letter head.
    2. Photo Id and address proof (ie. Aadhar) issued by Government Authority of Proprietor/Partners/Directors/Authorised Signatory.
    3. Proof of possession of premises (ie. Sale Deed/Rent Agreement/Electricity Bill).
    4. Certificate of Registration.
    5. Partnership Deed/MOA, AOA/ Bylaws/Self declaration of a Proprietorship.
    6. Form IX: Nomination of Person on letter head. Not applicable in case of Proprietorship.
    7. In case of extraction of ground water, NOC from CGWA as per FSSAI order dated 2nd January 2018 and 11th January 2021.
    8. Any document which is required by the licensing authority to ensure safety of food.
    9. Analysis Report (Chemical & Bacteriological) of water to be used as ingredient in food from a recognized /public health laboratory to confirm the potability indicating the name of authorized representative of Lab who collected the sample and date of collecting sample. Not applicable if water is not being used as ingredient. Applicable for Food services such as Hotels/Restaurants, Food Vending Establishments, Club/Canteen or any other prepared food establishment.
    10. Import Export Code (IEC)and Recall Plan for Importers of Food Products.
    11. Import Export Code and Declaration that products meant for export only shall not be exposed for sale and consumption in domestic market. Further, the products meant for export only meet the standards of importing country. This is applicable for Merchant Exporters.
    12. Recall Plan for Head Office/Registered Office and E-Commerce Businesses.
    13. List of Vehicle Registration Numbers for Transporters.
  • C

    State/Central License-Manufacturing/Pricessing Units

    1. List of Directors/Partners/Proprietor/Executive Members of Society/Trust with full address and contact details with nomination of authorized signatory on letter head.
    2. Photo Id and address proof (ie. Aadhar) issued by Government Authority of Proprietor/Partners/Directors/Authorised Signatory.
    3. Proof of possession of premises (ie. Sale Deed/Rent Agreement/Electricity Bill).
    4. Certificate of Registration.
    5. Partnership Deed/MOA, AOA/ Bylaws/Self declaration of a Proprietorship.
    6. Form IX: Nomination of Person on letter head. Not applicable in case of Proprietorship.
    7. In case of extraction of ground water, NOC from CGWA as per FSSAI order dated 2nd January 2018 and 11th January 2021.
    8. Blueprint/Layout plan of the processing unit showing the dimensions in meters/square meters and operation wise are allocation.
    9. Production unit photographs.
    10. Name and list of Equipments and Machinery along with the number, installed capacity and horse power used.
    11. Analysis Report (Chemical & Bacteriological) of water to be used as ingredient in food from a recognized /public health laboratory to confirm the potability indicating the name of authorized representative of Lab who collected the sample and date of collecting sample. Not applicable if water is not being used as ingredient.
    12. Recall Plan.
    13. Source or procurement plan for mil in case of Dairy Processing.
    14. Source of Raw Material and NOC from Municipal Corporation/Local Authority in case of Meat Processing & Slaughter House.
    15. NOC from manufacturers in case of Relabellers and Repackers.
    16. Product specification (ingredients as per applicable schedule) of each product mentioning the purity criteria adopted for ingredients of Nutraceuticals and health supplement products as per the prescribed format. This is applicable for Nutraceuticals.
    17. Composition of the each products as per the prescribed format in case of Proprietor Foods.
    18. Product approval from FSSAI head quarters for each product in case of Novel Foods.
    19. Pesticide residue report of water to be used as ingredient in case of units manufacturing Packaged Drinking Water, packaged mineral water and/or carbonated water from a recognized/public health laboratory indicating the name of authorized representative of Lab who collected the sample and date of collecting sample, including source of raw water and treatment plan in case of Packaged Drinking Water.
    20. Import Export Code (IEC), Declaration that products meant for export only shall not be exposed for sale and consumption in domestic market. Further, the products meant for export only meet the standards of importing country and Ministry of Commerce Certificate for 100% EOU if availing the scheme. This is applicable for Exporter.
    21. Any document which is required by the licensing authority to ensure safety of food.

3 Step Registration Process:

  • 1

    Preparation of Documents

    Through FSSAI web portal - One Hour Job

    We will prepare all the documents required for registration/license.

  • 2

    Online Submission with FSSAI Web Portal

    Through FSSAI web portal - One Hour Job

    We will upload the documents and pay the requisite fee at FSSAI web portal.

  • 3

    Certificate of Registration

    Through eMail - 10 to 15 Days

    After scrutiny, the FSSAI Officer will approve the form and issues you the Certificate of Registration through email.


Let's Clear Your Doubts


What is FSSAI?

FSSAI stands for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

Who are required to take FSSAI Registration?

An individual or a restaurant, hotel or any business entity who trade, supply, sell, manufacture food has to take FSSAI registration.

Who are not required to take FSSAI Registration?

A petty manufacturer who himself manufactures or sells any article of food or a petty retailer, hawker, itinerant vendor or a temporary stall holder or small scale or cottage or such other industries relating to food business or tiny food business operator; but they shall register themselves with such authority and in such manner as may be specified by regulations of FSSAI, without prejudice to the availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption or affecting the interests of the consumers.

Which agencies regulate food business in India?

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and State Food Authorities will regulate the food business in India.

What is Registration?

Basic Registration is applicable for the food business whose annual turnover does not exceed Rs. 12 lakhs in a financial year.

Wthat is State License?

State License is applicable for the food business whose annual turnover is from Rs. 12 lakhs to Rs. 20 crores in a financial year.

What is Central License?

Central License is applicable for the food business whose annual turnover is above Rs. 20 crores in a financial year.

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