FSSAI registration

FSSAI stands for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. You must possess FSSAI licence before starting any food business. Under FSSAI the authority makes sure that it qualifies the standard laid by the departments and regulates their manufacturing, storage, distribution, sale, repacking & relabeling to ensure availability of safe food to the citizens of the country.

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What is FSSAI?

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an autonomous body. It was established under the Government of India's Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. By regulating and supervising food safety, FSSAI is responsible for protecting and endorsing public health.

The headquarters of the FSSAI are in New Delhi. The authority also has six regional offices based in Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Cochin.

FSSAI's main objective is

FSSAI license types

There are three sorts of licenses under FSSAI, namely the Basic license, the Central FSSAI license and the State FSSAI license.

Basic FSSAI License

License Eligibility:

Documents Required:

Government fees: INR 100/- Per Annum

Central FSSAI Licence

It is issued by the nation-wide FSSAI regional offices. It is granted to the food business operator who runs their business on a large-scale/large sales manufacturer or who has an annual turnover of over (INR) 20 Crores.

License eligibility: If you fulfil the following criteria, the FSSAI Central License must be obtained.

Documents Required: To receive a Central FSSAI License, each food business operator must ensure that all the documents below are handy and reviewed.

Government Fees Structure

State FSSAI license

For manufacturers, storage, transporters, retailers, marketers, distributors, etc., state FSSAI licenses are required. This license is issued in each state by the relevant state authorities.

License eligibility:

Documents Required:

Government Fee structure:

FSSAI License Renewal

The duration of an FSSAI license varies from 1 to 5 years and depends on how many years the food operator prefers. In accordance with the FSSAI guidelines, you would have to apply for the license renewal within 30 days of the expiry of the current license. If the application for renewal of the Food license is not filed within this period, a fine of INR 100 would be levied for each day of delay.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Which type of license should I take?
The answer is simple.
  • If your annual turnover is more than INR 20 crores, you must get a Central FSSAI license.
  • For manufacturers, storage, transporters, retailers, marketers, distributors, etc., state FSSAI licenses are required.
  • If your turnover is less, (less than 12 lakh INR), you should get a basic FSSAI license.
How much time is required for FSSAI license?

FSSAI License certificate will be issued on the 61+ day of filing of completed application

FSSAI registration for private limited companies:
  • Documents required: Record of all the directors with full name and address proof.
  • Fees are to be reviewed as per State and Central guidelines.
FSSAI license renewal?

It shall be renewed before the expiry of the period of validity for which it has been accorded. In the event that you have missed the date of renewal of the application, i.e. no later than 30 days before the expiry date, apply for a new FSSAI license if you intend to continue the operation of the food business.
For document related queries, visit the government site

FSSAI for import and export of food items

For 100% Export oriented units and Importers including food, food ingredients and additives for commercial use as well, Central FSSAI license is required.

Do I require FSSAI if I am doing trading of food items?

FSSAI State license is compulsory for food business with annual turnover between INR 12 Lac-INR 20 Cr. in addition, or annually. The turnover limit shall be the same for the FSSAI State Manufacturing License or the FSSAI State Trade License.

Do I require FSSAI if I am into catering business?

Retailers, distributors, suppliers as well as caterers with a turnover of up to 20 crores per annum require an FSSAI state license.
For Caterers having a turnover more than INR 20 Crores, Central FSSAI license is required.


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