What is the fees for FSSAI Registration and License?

October 14, 2021

This blog addresses questions related to FSSAI registration and license fees like How much does food license cost? How much does it cost to register FSSAI? Benefits of FSSAI registration followed by some Frequently Asked Questions.

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What is FSSAI?

FSSAI stands for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. FSSAI is an organisation that ensures food safety in India. It is assigned with the task to provide Food licenses and Certifications to all (FBO) Food Business Operators in India. FSSAI makes sure that food articles are manufactured, stored, distributed, sold and imported safely. It is responsible for checking if the food is fit for human consumption and thereby prevent foodborne illness and injury.  Its main goal is to maintain Public health through a series of mechanisms, regulations and supervision in the country. 

All laws relating to food safety and science-based food quality checks are secured under the Food Safety and Standards Authority Act, 2006. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and State Food Authorities have been appointed for the enforcement of the above act. 

FSSAI Registration 

Obtaining FSSAI/Food license is a legal procedure. Section 31(1) and 31(2) of the FSSA Act, 2006 requires all food businesses in India to be licensed/ registered. The registration can be done at the State or Centre level. FSSAI registration can be acquired by filing Form A for registration or Form B for State or Central license to the Food Safety Department or submitting it online through the FoSCoS portal.

The Food Safety Department then will issue a license to various Food Business Operators. On the basis of the FSSAI fees paid at the time of registration, a number is issued to be printed on the product. The fees and procedure of obtaining an FSSAI license are more extensive than FSSAI registration.

What is the fees for FSSAI Registration and License? How much does food license cost? How much does it cost to register FSSAI?
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What are the types of FSSAI licenses?

  1. Basic FSSAI Registration
    The petty food business operators are required to get a Basic FSSAI Registration issued by the State Government for the period of 1-5 years. 
  2. State FSSAI License
    The state authority issues the small to medium-sized food business operators the State FSSAI License with the validity of 1-5 years. 
  3. Central FSSAI License
    Large Food business operators with an annual turnover of greater than 20 crores, 100% export units, importers, Central Government agency operators, airports and seaports are required to obtain a Central Food License from the Central Government. Its validity period stands between 1-5 years.  

Difference between FSSAI Registration and License

FeatureFSSAI RegistrationFSSAI License
TypeBasic registrationFSSAI State and Central license
FormForm AForm B
Turnoverless than 12 lakhsexceeding 12 lakhs
Publication and DisplayOffice premises and Package of the productExporters, Importers, Producers and Traders have to mandatorily display license numbers on product packaging

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Eligibility for Basic FSSAI registration

Petty food businesses are those small scale businesses with a turnover of fewer than 12 lakhs per annum. The following Petty food businesses can apply for FSSAI registration– 

  • Retailers, hawkers, vendors and temporary stall owners selling self-manufactured items
  • Religious or social institution or gatherings distributing food items 
  • Dairy units, milk chilling and milk products unit as well as meat and meat products unit with output not exceeding 100kg and 500 litres per day.  
  • Vegetable oil processing units – solvent extraction and refineries, oil expeller unit producing 100 litres per day.  
  • Slaughtering units with capacity (per day)
    • large animals:  2 
    • small animals: 10
    • poultry birds: 50
  • All food processing units (grains, pulse or cereals ) and repackers having a capacity of upto 100 kg (per day). 
  • Storage businesses with or without cooling having an annual turnover of up to 12 lakhs 
  • Wholesalers, Retailers, distributors, suppliers, caterers with annual turnover of up to 12 lakhs.
  • Owners of Dhaba’s, food vending establishments, clubs, canteens, transporters,  hotels and restaurants with annual turnover up to 12 lakhs.  

Who needs an FSSAI license?

An FSSAI license is for business operators that do not classify themselves as petty food businesses. This classification between petty, state level and central level business is done on the basis of size and nature of the business and the annual income and production.

The following business operators are eligible for a State Food License 

  • Dairy units, milk chilling units (handling or processing milk) with output-501 -50,000 litres per day (LPD) or 2.5 million tons (MT) per annum.  
  • Vegetable oil processing units – solvent extraction and refineries, oil expeller unit producing 2 MT per day or have annual turnover of Rs 12 lakh or above.  
  • Slaughtering units with capacity (per day)
    • large animals:  <2 to 50 
    • small animals: <10 to 150 
    • poultry birds: <50 to 1000 
  • Meat processing units with a capacity of up to 500 kg of meat (per day) or 150 MT (per annum).  
  • All food processing units (grains, pulse or cereals ) and repackers having a capacity of < 100 kg (per ltr) and up to 2 MT (per day). 
  • Storage businesses 
    • Without cooling – having a capacity of up to 50,000 MT. 
    • With cooling and refrigeration- having a capacity upto 10,000 MT  
  • Wholesalers with an annual turnover of up to 30 crores.  
  • Retailers, distributors, suppliers, caterers with annual turnover of up to 20 crores.
  • Owners of Dhaba’s, food vending establishments, clubs and canteens with annual turnover of 12 lakhs.  
  • Hotels with 3-5 star ratings.  
  • Restaurants and marketers with a turnover of up to Rs 20 crores (per annum)   
  • Transporters with minimum of 100 vehicles or wagons or turnover of up to 30 crores annually.

The following business operators are eligible for a Central Food License

  • Dairy units, milk chilling units (handling or processing milk) with output- <50,000 litres per day (LPD) or 2500 million tons (MT per annum).  
  • Vegetable oil processing units – solvent extraction and refineries, oil expeller unit producing more than 2 MT per day.  
  • Slaughtering units with capacity (per day)
    • large animals:  <50 
    • small animals: <150 
    • poultry birds: <1000 
  • Meat processing units processing meat < 500 kg (per day) or 150 MT (per annum).  
  • All food processing units (grains, pulse or cereals ) and repackers having a capacity of < 2 MT (per day). 
  • Storage businesses 
    • Without cooling – having a capacity of < 50,000 MT. 
    • With cooling and refrigeration- having a capacity of < 10,000 MT  
  • Wholesalers with an annual turnover of more than 30 crores.  
  • Retailers, distributors, suppliers, caterers with annual turnover of greater than 20 crores. 
  • Hotels with 5-star ratings and above
  • Restaurants and marketers with a turnover of more than Rs 20 crores (per annum)   
  • Transporters with more than 100 vehicles or wagons or turn over of greater than 30 crores annually.
  • All proprietary food manufacturers.
  • All units with 100% exports
  • All importers (commercial use)
  • Food catering establishments under central government 

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What are the benefits of an FSSAI license?

Legal Advantage:

Even though getting an FSSAI license seems like a time consuming and expensive process, in reality, it is not so. The cost (terms of money and time) for the whole procedure is less than if you get without a license. Thus it is advised to get a license before officially starting a food business. 

FSSAI Logo:

On the attainment of the license, you can print the FSSAI logo anywhere you want- on menu cards, shop doors and windows, pamphlets etc. the presence of the logo on your product will validate the purity and quality of the food item, giving you an edge over the other operators and helping develop a brand name. 

Business Expansion:

This license is an easy pass for expansion in new directions. The license will give your customers assurance of quality. In addition to that, it will become easier to get bank loans for expansion.

How much does it cost to register FSSAI? 

A basic FSSAI License costs Rs 100 for one year.

How much does food license cost?

Cost of FSSAI State License: Rs 2000- 5000 per year

Cost of FSSAI Central License: Rs 7500 per year

What is the fees for FSSAI Registration and License?

FOOD BUSINESSLICENSE TYPEFEES
Dairy UnitsBasic
Central
State
Rs 100
Rs 7500
Rs 3000-5000
Vegetable Oil Processing UnitsBasic
Central
State
Rs 100
Rs 7500
Rs 3000-5000
Slaughtering UnitsBasic
Central
State
Rs 100
Rs 7500
Rs 2000
Meat Processing UnitsBasic
Central
State
Rs 100
Rs 7500
Rs 3000
Proprietary FoodCentralRs 7500
Storage with coolingBasic
Central
State
Rs 100
Rs 7500
Rs 2000
Storage without cooling Basic
Central
State
Rs 100
Rs 7500
Rs 2000
Petty Food Business-hawkers, vendors Basic
Central
State
Rs 100
Rs 7500
Rs 5000
TransporterBasic
Central
State
Rs 100
Rs 7500
Rs 2000
Wholesaler/Distributor / Supplier / Retailer / MarketerBasic
Central
State
Rs 100
Rs 7500
Rs 2000
HotelsBasic
Central
State
Rs 100
Rs 7500
Rs 2000-5000
Restaurant & BarsBasic
Central
State
Rs 100
Rs 7500
Rs 2000
Club & CanteenBasic
State
Rs 100
Rs 2000
Caterers Basic
State
Rs 100
Rs 2000
Food Vending unitsCentralRs 7500
Import/ ExportCentral Rs 7500
Dhaba’s, Food Distributing Religious and Social InstitutionsBasic
State
Rs 100
Rs 2000
Food Business Activities under Central GovtCentralRs 7500
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FAQ’S

1. How long does it take to get FSSAI registration?

A basic registration may take up from 7-10 days from the day of filling out the application to reach you. To get a state or central license one has to wait for about 30 days. 

2. Which license should to be taken in case of multiple manufacturing units in different states?

In the case of multiple manufacturing units in different states, the company needs to get a central license and the individual manufacturing units need to have a state license of the state they are located at. 

3. Is there a punishment for running a business without an FSSAI license?

Yes, it is mandatory for all food business operators in India to get registered/ licensed by FSSAI. Operating a food business without an FSSAI certificate is a punishable offence with imprisonment of up to 6 months along with a fine extending to 5 lakh rupees. In case of a false advertisement or description, the fine for non-compliance could extend to 10 lakhs. 

4. What is the procedure for renewal of license?

The validity period of the FSSAI license, depending on the type ranges from 1-5 years. Application for renewal of food license (either form A or B) should be filed 30 days before the expiry date. Any delay is subjected to a late fee of Rs.100 for each day of delay.  In case the license does get expired all business activity will be immediately terminated.
The cost of renewal of license depends on the years selected.
The cost of a duplicate license is 10% of applicable license fee

5. Can an FSSAI License be transferred?

Yes, the FSSAI license can be transferred in case of the death of the license holder. The ownership of the license gets passed onto a relative or legal representative.

6. Do I need an FSSAI License for a home-based food business/restaurant?

Yes, an FSSAI License will be needed for a home-based food business or cloud kitchen. 

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