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Overview of Eating House License

Eating House License is the permit required to operate an eating house for/in a particular location.

To obtain this License, the applicant needs to make an Application to the State Police Headquarters and the Police Commissioner of the particular city.

Generally, an eating house is a place which serves various kind of food and drinks to the general public for consumption such as restaurants, café, bar etc.

According to Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, every food business operator (FBO) must obtain FSSAI License or he may be subject to penalty.

Apart from this, there are several other Licenses as well which is mandatory to run an eating house.

Licenses Required to Operate an Eating House in India

Requirments to start eating house license

As already stated, FBO requires several Licenses to operate an eating house in India. They are as follows:

  • Business Registration

    The applicant needs to register his/her business and obtain Certificate of Registration or Incorporation.

  • Food/FSSAI License

    It is the first requirement to start an eating house in India which is issued by the department of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

  • Eating House License

    It can be obtained from Police Commissioner of the concerned state in which the applicant wishes to open the eating house.

  • Health Trade License

    It can be obtained from Municipal Corporation of the specific state.

  • Fire NOC

    For eating houses with the seating capacity of 50 or more, Fire NOC is mandatory and can be obtained from Fire Department.

  • Liquor License

    If the eating house is going to serve liquor, then it requires Liquor License from Excise Commissioner of the state.

  • Music License

    To play music inside the eating house, you are required to obtain Music License from the Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL).

  • Lift Clearance NOC

    If an eating house is in a multi-story building, then you need to obtain Lift Clearance NOC from Electrical Inspector of Office of Labour Commissioner.

  • Environmental Clearance

    To ensure that your business isn’t going to pollute the environment, you need to obtain NOC from Pollution Board of the concerned state.

  • Registration under Shops & Establishment Act

    It can be obtained from the concerned Authority of the specific state.

  • Insurance

    It is crucial for public liability, Company assets and Fire policy.

  • Weights & Measures Department Approval

    As per Legal Metrology Act, 2009, obtaining approval from Weights & Measures Department for models of weighing & measuring instrument is mandatory.

Documents Required for Eating House License

Before stepping to Licensing process, ensure that you have the following documents for eating house:

  • Identity proof such as PAN card etc.;
  • Residence proof such as Aadhaar card, Passport, Voter etc.;
  • Proof of tenancy or ownership or lease of premise (Registered Lease/Sale Deed/Rent Deed);
  • Self-attested NOC of premise owner;
  • Current NDMC/DCB/MCD/Airport Operator Trade License;
  • Certificate of Incorporation of Companies and LLP;
  • Memorandum of Association of Company and LLP;
  • Name of Directors and Current Form 32;
  • The nomination of an Authorised signatory on the letterhead of Company;
  • Board Resolution for conducting business;
  • FSSAI License/Registration;
  • GST Registration Certificate;
  • Name of Directors and Form 32;
  • Registration Certificate obtained from Labour Department, GNCT of Delhi;
  • Fire Safety Certificate is applicable for the eating houses with a seating capacity of 50 seats and more;
  • List of employees working in the eating house including food handlers along with their name, parentage and address;
  • DPCC Consent Letter (Provisional License is provided on the basis of an Application submission proof);
  • Approved building plan or site plan along with 3 copies plus Fire Safety Measures mentioned on map (applicable for the eating houses with the seating capacity less than 50);
  • Self-attested prescribed Affidavit for fresh License;
  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC);
  • Request for holding amusement activities like DJ, Live Band Discotheque;
  • Proof of CCTV system installed along with 30 days recording such as the technical report of an installation or an invoice of CCTV etc.;
  • Proof of the earmarked space for an eating house such as photographs etc.;
  • Any other documents, if required.

Note: The list is not exhaustive. We may require more documents for the completion of the process.

Procedure for Eating House License

Process of Eating House License

You can obtain an Eating House License in just three simple steps as follows:

  • Fill the Application

    You are required to apply for online Eating House Registration in the prescribed Application Form.

  • Upload the Required of Documents

    You need to upload the necessary documents required to obtain an Eating House License along with the required declaration.

  • Document Verification

    After document submission, you must go to Addl. Commissioner of Police Licensing, Delhi (or of your concerned state) for an Application and documents verification.

  • Regular follow-up

    Next, you need to keep a regular follow-up with the concerned department for the updates regarding your Application. In case, your Application is incomplete or mala fide, it will be rejected with misrepresented facts. Furthermore, if you have paid the fees, it will be forfeited by the government.

  • Issuance of License

    If everything is valid and complete, you will receive License within 30-60 working days.

Validity of the Registration Certificate

The validity of the Registration Certificate stands valid for the period, as defined by the Registering Authority which is subject to the validity of Health/Trade License issued by the specific local civic body and conditions in each particular case like the Name change, Fire NOC etc.

FAQs of Eating House License

The Additional Commissioner of Police, Licensing Department, Delhi, has the authority to issue a registration certificate to the eating houses. The same has been made in consonance to the order of Power Delegation issued by the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, vide No 83-182/ Special Cell/ PHQ dated 01.02.2008.

The Registering Authority has the power to issue the directions and guidelines related to the Eating House License.

An Eating House License remains valid for a period specified by the Registering Authority while issuing the license. However, the validity of the license issued is subject to the specific local civic body and conditions in each case, such as Name Change, Fire NOC, etc.

Yes, an Eating House License is transferable but only in certain situations, such as at the death of the Restaurant Owner; Transfer of Ownership; and if Issuing Authority deems fit.

For every new Certificate or License, the applicant needs to pay a Registration fee of Rs. 300/- which is subject to revision. Further, for the renewal of the License, the applicant needs to pay Rs. 100/- which is again subject to revision.

Yes, one can obtain Duplicate Registration Certificate in case he/she has lost, defaced, or destroyed it by any means. The applicant needs to file an application for the same to the Registering Authority.

An Eating House License is a permit that is required to operate an eating house in a particular location. To obtain this License, the applicant needs to make an Application to the State Police Headquarters and the Police Commissioner of the respective city.

Any applicant who is aggrieved by the orders passed by the Registering Authority may present an appeal before the Commissioner of Police within a period of 30 days, starting from the date of order against which the said appeal is to be filed.

There are two situations in which an Eating House License stands cancelled. First, when there is a violation of directions and guidelines issued by the Registering Authority. And second, when the registration holder himself/herself submits a written request for the cancellation of his/her Eating House License.

The applicant needs to submit an application for renewal along with the documents prescribed to the Registering Authority.

The steps included in the process of obtaining Eating House License in India are Fill an Application; Upload the Required Documents; Verification of Documents; Regular Follow-up; and Issuance of License.

Normally, a period of 30 to 40 days is required to obtain Eating House License in India.

The licenses required to operate a Food Outlet in India are Business Registration; FSSAI License; Eating House License; Health Trade License; Fire NOC; Liquor License; Music License; Lift Clearance NOC; Environmental Clearance; Registration under Shop and Establishment Act; Insurance; and Approval from Weight and Measures Department.

Yes, Registering Authority can issue Duplicate Eating House License.

The Police Commissioner of the respective state has the authority to hear an appeal against the Issuing or Registering Authority.

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