FSSAI State License
Mandatory When Turnover of FBO
More than 12 Lakh and up to 20 Crores
The FBO must obtain the FSSAI State License for doing business if the turnover exceeds Rs 12 Lakhs and is up to Rs. 20 Crores (the upper limit is Rs. 30 Crores in case of transporters). We extend our support in filing and subsequent follow-up with FSSAI.+919899-600-605 Chat With Us
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Our Professional Fee For FSSAI Registration of License
Government Fee on Actual
Required if the turnover
is less than 12 lac in a Financial Year and
the business is within the state
FSSAI State License
Government Fee on Actual
When turnover is
more than 12 Lac & upto 20 Crores for
retailer/ 30 Crores for wholesalers
FSSAI Central License
Government Fee on Actual
For all cases where turnover
exceeds limits prescribed for
state License or involved in export.
FSSAI State License
Is your food business recently incorporated? If yes, most probably it comes in purview of the State licence granted by FSSAI. Get the applicability check from the experts at Setindiabiz. Food is the basic necessity of life, and wholesome food prepared and stored safely with hygiene when consumed by you will keep you healthy. Thus the food business is regulated by making food licensing mandatory for every food business operator, which falls under the prescribed applicability criteria. A food state licence is a state-specific licence and is granted by state licencing authority for an FBO having an annual turnover of more than 12lacs but less than 20 crores( For transporters, the annual turnover limit is 30 crores). It has a validity period of 1 to 5 years, depending on the option selected by the FBO. Kindly refer to our detailed discussion on applicability at : Applicability of FSSAI Registration or License on your Food Business.
Eligibility For FSSAI State License
The Following food business operators need to apply for a State licence with their respective state licencing authorities:
Timeline for Grant of FSSAI State License
Timeline: The Licensing Authority issues a license within 60 days of applying a complete application by an FBO. It includes time taken in scrutinization of application and inspection of premises by the concerned authority. This timeline may practically get extended in case of clarification raised in the application by the concerned authority. The applicant receives 30 days to file a reply to the clarification raised in his application. Delay in filing a response by the applicant to resolve the clarification may delay the licence grant.
Commencement of Business: The licencing authority for food business shall not prohibit the food business operator from commencing its food business where the licencing authority is unable to grant Food licence within 60 days from the date of making a complete application and :
- Fails to point out the defect in the application or
- No clarification is asked after inspection of the food unit by the food officer
“The above provision of commencement of Food business without grant of licence is to curb the delay tactics of the concerned Licensing Authority without any valid reason.”
List of Documents for FSSAI State License
The documents required for the grant of FSSAI License are prescribed differently for Non-Manufacturing FBO and for Manufacturing FBO. In the table below, we have categories for the list of documents required. Based on the nature of business, additional documents are needed, and the same is provided separately.
List of Documents for FSSAI Registration By
|Non Manufacturing / Non Producing FBO||Manufacturing or Producing FBO|
A. Company Documents
B. Documents of Directors & Nominee
C. Proof of Address of Food Business.
Note: A nominee is a person responsible for the compliances of Food laws, their rules, and regulations, for the Food Business.
All other documents that is prescribed for non manufacturing or non producing uits and the following additional documents
Additional Documents Based on Activities are as under
Hotels/Restaurants, Providers of Other Prepared Food.: Analysis report (Chemical & Bacteriological) of Vending water to be used as an ingredient in food in a Food Establishments, Club/Canteen or any. The report must be from a recognized public health laboratory. It is required to confirm the potability of water used in food. The water analysis report is to bear the date of collecting the sample and the name of the staff of Lab who collected the sample (It is applicable where water is used as an ingredient)
Additional Documents for Importer of Food Items
- Import Export Code (IEC). IEC certificate is a document issued by the Director-General Of Foreign Trade(DGFT).
- Recall Pan
Additional Documents for Merchant Exporter
- Import Export Code certificate.
- Declaration that the applicant shall sell the products meant for export in the domestic market. Further, the export products must meet the standards of importing countries.
Food Or Health Supplements And Nutraceuticals Etc.: As per Food Safety and Standards (Food or Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Foods for Special Dietary Uses, Foods for Specialised Medical Purposes, Functional Foods, and Novel Food) Regulations, 2016
List of Vehicle Registration Numbers
NOC from Manufacturers
Source or procurement plan for milk
Additional Documents for Meat Processing
- Source of Raw Material
- NoC from Municipal Corporation /local body
NOC from Municipal Corporation/local body
Nutraceuticals: Product Specification of each product mentioning the ingredients as per applicable Schedule of health supplement products and Nutraceutical in the prescribed format
Composition of each product as per the prescribed format
Product Approval from FSSAI Hq for each product
Packaged Drinking Water: Pesticide residues report of water for units engaged in manufacturing packaged drinking water, packaged Mineral water and carbonated water. The report must be from a recognized public health laboratory. It is required to confirm the potability of water used in food. The pesticide residue report is to bear the date of collecting the sample, the name of Lab staff who collected the sample and Source of raw water and the treatment plan.
Step Wise Process for Grant of FSSAI State License
Step - 1: Eligibility Check
The process starts with the eligibility check of the applicant FBO. In this, the experts at setindiabiz will discuss the nature of the proposed business plan in detail and help you find your eligibility as per your proposed requirements.
Step - 2: Documentation & Drafting
Once it is determined that you need food registration. The Setindiabiz team will provide you with a list of documents. Based on the requirement setindiabiz team will help you with draft documents for the necessary signature.
Step - 3: Online Application Filing
The online filing will be made by filing Form-A at the online portal of FoSCoS. In this course, we will interact with you for OTP.
Step - 4: Payment of Government Fee
Once the application is filled and the documents are uploaded in the document section, the payment of the registration fee is made, and a reference number is generated. It is a temporary number to track the status of the application.
Step - 5: Track status of FSSAI Application
The applicant can track the status of the application online. Usually, licencing authorities grant registration within seven days of the application filing, but if they opine for inspection of premises, it will delay the grant of Food registration. On inspection, registering authority may raise the clarification in the application requiring modification, addition or deletion in the application.
Step - 6: Reply to Clarification
The reply to clarification must be filed within 30 days from the date when raising clarification. If not, this will lead to refusal of the application, and a new application needs to be filed. There is no process of refunding the fee. The Setindiabiz team will coordinate with you at the time of such clarification to resolve the same.
Step - 7: Grant of Registration
On approval of the application, the Registration Certificate and photo ID Card will be issued to the applicant, which has to be displayed at a conspicuous place at the food business premises. Registration certificate has a photo FBO, Q.R. code and 14 digits FSSAI registration number that starts with numeric 2.
Validity of FSSAI State License
A Food State license granted under these Regulations shall be valid for a period of 1 to 5 years as opted by the Food Business Operator at the time of making an application unless cancelled or suspended. The validity period of the licence is counted from the date of issue of License and can be renewed for a further period of five years at one time subject to the remittance of the fee applicable for the period.
FBO shall make an application to renew a license granted under these Regulations not later than 30 days before the expiry date indicated in the License. An applicant can file a renewal application 120 days in advance. The License shall continue to be in force till the disposal of renewal application. Further , the renewal must be decided by the licencing authorities within 30 days of expiry of the licence. The designated officers may order an inspection before renewal if considered necessary for reasons to be recorded in writing. No inspection is required if the Food Business Operator has a valid certificate from an agency accredited by the Food Authority or an accredited food safety auditor, or any other organization notified by FSSAI.
Any renewal application filed before 30 days of the expiry of licence but before the expiry of the validity of the licence shall be accompanied by a late fee of Rs 100 per day for each day of delay. If the renewal application is not made within the validity period, the licence shall expire, and the Food Business Operator shall stop all business activity at the premises. The Food Business Operator will have to apply for a new license if it wants to restart it.
Overall Cost of Getting the FSSAI State License:
For state license, the FBI, taking professional services through setindiabiz, will have to pay two kinds of fee. The government fee for grant of FSSAI State License varies from Rs 2000 to Rs. 5000/-. Our professional fee is also subjective to the facts and circumstances of each case. Below is indicative information on the overall cost for FSSAI State License
Professional Fee: We offer our services for the grant of state license at a very reasonable fee of Rs. 8499/- Only. There would be a GST@18% on this amount. The scope of our services is as under.
Government Fee: The government fee payable for FSSAI State License is paid based on the business activity of the FBO. As the license may be obtained for a period of upto five years, the government fee is calculated in multiple of the number years of the annual fee. For example if the restaurant wants to apply for state license, the normal fee for a one year license is Rs. 2,000/-. Thus the fee payable for 3 Years license shall be Rs. 6000/- ( Rs. 2000 X 3 Years). Below is the table of different government fees payable for state license based on the business activities.
|FSSAI State License Government Fee Table|
|Rs. 2000 Per Annum||Rs. 3000 Per Annum||Rs. 5000 Per Annum|
|The fee of Rs. 2000 is applicable in general to all the FBO, such as
||Fee of Rs. 3000/- is applicable in fullowing cases
||Fee of Rs. 3000/- is applicable in fullowing cases
Note: For FSSAI Registration the Fee prescribed is Rs. 100/- and for FSSAI Central License the prescribed government fee is Rs. 7500/- per annum. The valuation in government fee payable is applicable only in case of State License. The applicant may apply for food registration/licence for a validity period of one year to five years, depending on their choice, and they need to pay the government fee accordingly. There is no provision of refund of fees paid by any applicant for a license under any circumstances. Please refer to FSSAI Website/Rules for Complete List.
Penalty for Non Compliance
A food licence is mandatory before the start of the food business. A food business operator carrying on food business without a valid licence may be levied a fine up to Rs 10 lacs or an imprisonment of six months. Still, in some cases where the grievous injury is caused due to unsafe food provided by the FBO, the imprisonment could exceed up to 6 years. Further, If the FBO is found guilty under this Act, all the directors /Partners/Manager/Secretary of the FBO shall also be liable to be proceeded and punished under this Act. Thus, the FBO must procure the required Registration or licence before starting the food business and comply with the conditions imposed therein.
Every FSSAI Licensed FBOs involved in Manufacturing and Importing of Food Products including those engaged in manufacturing of Milk and Milk Products shall furnish online periodic annual returns with effect from FY 2020-21 as per notification dated 18th Dec 2020.
The returns shall be submitted online on Food Safety Compliance System (FoSCoS) not beyond 31st May for each year. Every licensee shall file a separate return for each License, i.e. for each food unit. It is immaterial that the same Food Business Operator holds more than one License. Any delay in filing return beyond 31st May of each year shall attract a penalty of Rs 100 per day of delay.
Exemption From Annual Return under FSSAI
- Food Business Operators (FBOs), including Petty Food Business Operators holding FSSAI Registration Certificate, are not required to submit annual returns.
- Presently, the provision of annual return submission is not applicable for other Kind of Businesses (Such as Distributor, Wholesaler, Retailer, Storage, Transporter and Food. Services etc.)
How we help!
Applicability Check:.: The Setindiabiz team will help you check your eligibility regarding your food registration or Food Licence requirement.
Documentation & Application Filing: Once eligibility is finalized, our experts will help you with documentation. We will file an online application after receiving a complete set of documents duly signed by the concerned person and provide you with a reference number to track the application status.
Track Status of Application: We will tracking the status of the application till its disposal by the food licencing authority
Frequently Asked Questions
How to ascertain the Kind of Food Business or applicability of food licence /registration for my food business?
Meaning of each Kind of Food Business (KoB) is discussed in detail on the page_____________setindiabiz website i.e.Link . An Eligibility check is also available on request to us. It will help determine your applicability of food Licence/registration.
What is the timeline for the grant of the FSSAI License after applying?
The Licensing Authority shall issue the licence within 60 days of making a complete application by an FBO. The said period of 60 days includes scrutinizing the application and inspection of premises by the concerned authority.
Where to approach if the License is not granted within the prescribed timeline or application is rejected, or License is suspended/ cancelled or unsatisfied by the decision of the concerned Licensing authority?
As per Section 32 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, if an FBO is aggrieved by the decision of the concerned licensing or registering authority, it may appeal to the Commissioner of Food Safety of the state in which the unit is located.
Do the FBO need to obtain other permission before applying for FSSAI License?
Though FSSAI Act does not provide for obtaining other permission or Registration before making any application for FSSAI License/Registration, an FBO shall ensure that all the permissions are taken as prescribed by the District/Local Administration before commencing food business activities.
Can a renewal of License or Registration be filed in advance?
An FBO may apply for renewal of a Food License or Registration as early as 120 days in advance. Thus an FBO may file a renewal application 150 days before its expiry.
How is the late fee computed for a renewal application?
The late fee is Rs. 100 per day for not filing the renewal application for food Licence 30 days before its expiry. So, the FBO will calculate the number of days of delay and multiply the same with RS 100 to arrive at a late fee. The total fee will be a Late fee plus the renewal fee of the License. i.e. if a renewal application is filed on the last day of expiry of validity, a late fee is levied. The calculation of the total fee paid on a renewal is as under:
- No. of days of delay = 30 DAYS
- Late fee = Rs. 100 x 30 = Rs. 3000
- Renewal fee = Rs 6000 ( Assumption)
- Total fee Paid for renewal application = Late Fee + Renewal Fee = RS 3000 + Rs. 6000= Rs 9000
What if I did not receive the License or Registration after its grant as reflected on the online portal of FOSCoS?
Licencing authority will send FSSAI License or Registration containing Q.R. code to email ids of persons nominated by the FBOs after its issuance. Please ensure the email- ids filled in the application was correct in case of non-receipt of the License or registration mail.
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