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Permits and licenses required for a new restaurant in India

Starting a new restaurant in India involves obtaining several permits and licenses to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. The specific permits and licenses required may vary depending on factors such as the location of the restaurant, the type of cuisine served, and local regulations. However, some common permits and licenses that are typically required for a new restaurant in India include:


1. Food License (FSSAI License): The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) license is mandatory for all food businesses in India, including restaurants. It ensures that the food served to customers meets safety and quality standards.


2. Health/Trade License: This license is issued by the local municipal corporation or health department to ensure that the restaurant complies with health and hygiene regulations.


3. Eating House License: In some states, an Eating House License may be required for restaurants that serve food and beverages to customers for consumption on the premises.


4. Fire Safety Certificate: Restaurants must obtain a fire safety certificate from the local fire department to ensure compliance with fire safety regulations.


5. Shop and Establishment Registration: This registration is required for commercial establishments and covers aspects such as working hours, holidays, and employment conditions.


6. Liquor License (if serving alcohol): If the restaurant plans to serve alcoholic beverages, it must obtain a liquor license from the respective state excise department.


7. Music/Performance License: If the restaurant plans to host live music performances or play recorded music, it may need to obtain a music or performance license from the relevant authorities.


8. Signage License: Permission may be required from the local municipal corporation or planning authority for displaying signage or advertising outside the restaurant.


9. GST Registration: Restaurants must register for Goods and Services Tax (GST) if their annual turnover exceeds the specified threshold.


10. Police Eating House License: In some states, a police eating house license may be required, especially if the restaurant operates late at night.


11. Environmental Clearance: Depending on the size and location of the restaurant, environmental clearance may be required to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.


It's crucial to seek guidance from local authorities or legal professionals to identify the necessary permits and licenses for launching a restaurant in a specific area in India. Moreover, the procedures for acquiring permits and licenses can differ between states, hence researching the location-specific prerequisites is vital. At Ferrao & Associates, we support individuals interested in establishing new cafes or restaurants. For more information, feel free to reach out to us at or call us at 8408822683.
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