Baam! got an idea, incorporated my food startup, but what are the post incorporation compliance that I need to know to start my operations? Well, that's a question that we at Wazzeer hope to solve. A quick checklist of license for Restaurants and Food Joints.
Food Safety License FSSAI: Having this license in the restaurant, identifies your restaurant as one that meets the standards and guidelines under FSS act. Which means you are providing food safety and nutrition with your serving. This license is mandatory.
Trade License: You must take this license from municipal Corporation or health department of the state. This license provides you permission to trade the food products. Situations of food delivery is a common example.
Eating House License: You can acquire this license from police Commissioner of the location which is mandatory. This license guarantees the public visiting your restaurant, that the ambience is in good shape.
Liquor License: You can acquire this one from excise Commissioner, this would be a mandatory one for those of you who serve alcoholic beverages in the restaurant.
Approval or Re-Approval of Restaurants: This one is to be taken from the department of Tourism of Government of India / Delhi Government, this grants you permission to acquire L-4 license.
Playing of Music in restaurants: You need to take this license from License Phonographic Performance Limited or Indian Performing Right Society. This is applicable if you have music playing in your restaurant.
Environment Clearance: This one is acquired from State Pollution Control Committee, this one is mandatory too. This is more like guaranteeing the government that you are not doing anything that violates pollution norms.
NOC from Fire Department: You need to acquire this one from fire Department this is mandatory.
Weights and Measures: This one is acquired from legal Metrology Department, this one establishes standards of weights and measures, to regulate trade or commerce in weights, measures and other goods which are sold or distributed by weight, measure or number.
Lift License Concerned authority: This one can be acquired from Electrical Inspector, Office of the Labour Commissioner, this one is mandatory If lift is to be installed.
Employees State Insurance: You can get this one from Labour Commissioner which is again mandatory. Employee's State Insurance (ESI) is a social security and health insurance for the employees of a firm. During his course of work, he along with his employer contributes towards ESI which provides him with security by protecting the employee during sickness, accidents, injury or disability.
Insurance: Insurance for Public Liability, Product Liability, Fire Policy Building & Asset can be acquired from Any insurance company and yes this is again mandatory.
Shop and Establishment Registration: You need to do this registration with the state government in labour department. This is to regulate conditions of work, and to provide for regulation of the employers and rights of the employees in un-organized sector of employment and other establishments.
Signage License Municipal Committee: This one is mandatory in some states and this one can be procured from state government. This one is applicable when restaurants use signage.
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