Food Licensing & Registration

FSSAI Registration Process - Types, Documents Required, Benefits, Penalty

FSSAI License or FSSAI Registration is mandatory before starting a food or related business. The Food Safety and Standards Authority Act issues the FSSAI license.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and the State Food Authorities are jointly responsible for implementing the FSSAI rules.

This Act secures the laws relating to food and establishes science-based standards for food to control food manufacturing.

FSSAI licenses are of three types FSSAI Basic License, Central FSSAI license, and State FSSAI license. With the FSSAI license, there is also an FSSAI registration needed for the petty food retailers.

Learn more about the difference between FSSAI registration and FSSAI license here. Let us take a look at the procedure for obtaining an FSSAI license in India.

What is FSSAI?

FSSAI - Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. FSSAI license is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation.

Who needs FSSAI certificate ?

For all food-related businesses such as manufacturing, trading, restaurants, small eateries, grocery shop, importers, exporters, home-based food businesses, dairy farms, processors, it is mandatory to get an FSSAI license or FSSAI registration before commencing with the Company. This 14 digit FSSAI license number gives information about the producer's permit.

What is the Procedure for FSSAI License Registration?

There are four steps, including the FSSAI license registration procedure that are following:

  • Selection of Kind of Business
  • Selection of Food Category
  • Selection of Type of License
  • Documentation
  • Issue of Certificate

Documents Required for FSSAI Registration

FSSAI registration is mostly applicable for petty food retailers, and the procedure for obtaining FSSAI registration is straightforward. The documents required for FSSAI registration are:

  • 1

    Photo of Food Business Operator.

  • 2

    Document for Identity Proof like Ration Card, Voter ID Card, PAN Card, Driving License, Passport, Aadhar Card, Senior Citizen Card, Department Issued ID.

  • 3

    Supporting Documents (if any):- NOC by Municipality or Panchayat, Health NOC.

Types of FSSAI/ Food Licence

  • FSSAI Basic License
  • FSSAI  State License
  • FSSAI Central License

The information listed below is useful if an individual is planning to operate a food business in India.

Basic registration - Basic Registration is necessary when the annual turnover is less than 12 lakh; the registration should be done.

State License - An application shall be made for a state license if the annual turnover is between 12-20 crores.

Central License - If the annual turnover is above 20 Crores, then the food business must apply for a Central license.

Based on the types mentioned above, the annual turnover, a food business operator has to apply and get an FSSAI license mandatorily. Hence, the business's smooth-running must get the FSSAI License as there are some penalties and legal charges to face as the laws become stringent lately.

FSSAI Registration

It is necessary to get FSSAI registration for all petty food business operators. A minor food business operator is any person who:

  • Manufactures or sells any food articles by himself or a little retailer, hawker, vendor, and even a stallholder.
  • Distributes food in any religious or social gathering except a caterer
  • Small scale or cottage food business or other such industries relating to food business with a turnover not exceeding Rs. 12 lakh and whose :
  • With the production capacity not exceeding 100 kg/ltr per day or
  • Procurement or handling and collection of milk is up to 500 liters of milk per day
  • Slaughtering capacity is two large animals or ten small animals or 50 poultry birds per day.

Petty food business operators must obtain FSSAI registration by submitting an application for registration in Form A.

FSSAI registration contains the details of registration and a photo of the applicant. It is necessary to display the certificate prominently at the place of business.

FSSAI License

A person or entity that does not classify as a petty food business operator must obtain the FSSAI license for operating a food business in India.

FSSAI licenses are of three types Basic FSSAI license, State FSSAI license, and Central FSSAI license. Based on the size and the nature of the business, the licensing authority will change. Large manufacturers or producers and importers of food require a central FSSAI license, whereas the medium-sized manufacturers require the State FSSAI license.

FSSAI license is more costly as compared to the FSSAI registration. An application should be made in Form B to the appropriate licensing authority and the necessary self-attested declaration, affidavit, and annexures.

The validity of the FSSAI differs from 1to 5 years as per the food business operator's request. The higher the fee, the higher the validity.

Documents required for licensing

Documents State Central
Form- B completed and signed by the Proprietor or Partner or Authorized Signatory. In duplicate
Blueprint/layout of the processing unit showing the dimensions and operation-wise area allocation (Mandatory for manufacturing and processing companies only).
List of Directors / Partner / Proprietor / Executive Members of Society / Trust with full address and contact details (Mandatory for Companies only).
Name and list of equipment and machinery along with the number, installed capacity, and horsepower used (mandatory for manufacturing and processing units only)
Identity and address proof issued by Government authorities for proprietor, partner, director(s), or authorized signatory
List of food categories desired to be manufactured. (In case of manufacturers)
Authority letter with name and address, the responsible person, nominated by the manufacturer along with alternative responsible person indicating the powers vested with them viz assisting the officers in inspections, collection of samples, packing & dispatch (for manufacturers or processors)
Analysis report (Chemical & Bacteriological) of water to be used as an ingredient in food from a recognized or public health laboratory to confirm the portability (mandatory only for manufacturing and processing units)
Proof of possession of premises. (sale deed, rent agreement or electricity bill, etc.)
Partnership Deed or Declaration for Proprietorship or MOA & AOA along with Certificate of Incorporation and List of Directors with the address.

In the case of Company, three pages must be uploaded: First Page – Certificate of Incorporation, Second Page – Authorization of food business activity and Third Page – List of Directors with addresses).
Copy of certificate obtained under Coop Act – 1861 / Multi-State Coop Act – 2002 In the case of Cooperatives. If applicable
NOC & Copy of License from the manufacturer (Mandatory for Relabellers and Repackers).
Food Safety Management System Plan or certificate. If any
Source of milk or procurement plan for milk, including the location of milk collection centers in case of milk and milk products processing units In the case of Milk and Milk Products processing If applicable
Sources of raw material for meat and meat processing plants. If applicable
Pesticide residues report of water in units manufacturing packaged drinking water, packaged mineral water, and carbonated water from a recognized / public health laboratory.
Recall plan wherever applicable. With details on whom the product is distributed
NOC from Municipality or Local Body (optional). If applicable
Form IX: Nomination of persons by a company along with the board resolution
Certificate provided by Ministry of Tourism (HRACC). Mandatory for Hotels
For transporters – Self-declaration of the number of vehicles.
Declaration form – For Delhi or Himachal Pradesh. IE Code document issued by DGFT. FSSAI Declaration Form.
- - Supporting documentary proof of turnover.
- - Ministry of Commerce Certificate for 100% EOU.
- - NOC/PA documents issued by FSSAI.

Penalties and offences

Punishment for carrying out a business without an FSSAI license

If a person or food business operator (except the person exempted from licensing) himself or by any person on his behalf who is supposed to obtain a license manufactures, sells, stores or distributes, or imports any article for food without a license, then it is a punishable offense with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and also a fine for around five lakhs.

Penalty for false advertisement

  • Any person who publishes or is a party to the publication of an advertisement, which–
    • (a) Falsely describes any food; or
    • (b) Is likely to mislead as to the nature or substance or quality of any food or gives a false guarantee, shall be liable to a penalty which may extend to ten lakh rupees.
  • In any proceeding, the fact that a label or advertisement relating to any food article regarding which the infringement is alleged to have been committed contained an accurate statement of the food composition shall not preclude the court from finding that the violation was committed.

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FSSAI Registration Cost

Pay as you go grow pricing

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all inclusive fees

FSSAI registration application preparation and filing for small food businesses, petty retailers, juice shops and hawkers by FSSAI consultant. Includes government fee and LEDGERS accounting software.



all inclusive fees

FSSAI Central License application filing for 5 star hotels, large food transporters, manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Includes Government fee and LEDGERS Accounting Software.

  • Includes government fee of upto Rs.2000 applicable for restaurants and small food businesses. Extra charge of Rs.3000 government fee will be applicable for medium sized food businesses.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is FSSAI License?

FSSAI Stands for Food Safety and Standard Authority of India. FSSAI is an Independent organization under the Ministry of Health. FSSAI Registration is mandatory for every individual or entity eligible for an FSSAI food safety Registration or License.

Why is FSSAI License essential?

India's food safety and standards authority (FSSAI Registration) plays a crucial role in formulating the controlling procedures.

Is FSSAI registration mandatory?

Yes, to be able to sell food, you will require to have an FSSAI license.

Who needs an FSSAI license?

FSSAI registration or License is mandatory for all types of food business operators in India, whether they are transporters, distributors, manufacturers or caterers, etc. There are three types of registration available depending upon the annual turnover and type of the establishments or business.

What does FSSAI stand for?

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under Food Safety and Standards, 2006, which consolidates various acts & orders that have hitherto handled food-related issues in various Ministries and Departments.

What does FSSAI function for?

The foremost responsibility of FSSAI includes the development of Science-based Food Standards for articles of food and food products and regulating their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale, and import to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

What are the types of FSSAI License Registration?

Basic registration, State license, Central License are the three types of FSSAI licenses.

Which FSSAI License is Required by a Food Business Operator to Run a Food Business in more than Two States?

To run a food business in more than two states, he has first to obtain a Central License for its registered office and a separate license from the state authority of the respective state.

In what Circumstances Application will be Rejected?

Licensing Officer can reject the application when the required information is not provided within the stipulated time of 30 days.

Do medical stores need to get a license if they are selling dietary foods?

All Food Business Operators - FBO, including medical stores have to get FSSAI license/registration.

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Last updated: Mar 03, 2021


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