One of the biggest nations where food industry entrepreneurs are thriving is India. Restaurants and other eating establishments are commonplace in India. India's states are renowned for their rich range of culinary offerings. An applicant often receives an eating house licence before opening an eatery. Let's first define an eating house before getting into further detail regarding the establishment process.

An eating establishment is a public location where food is available for consumption. Any open space with refreshments is another description of a dining house. Any kind of juice is available as refreshment here (not including any form of alcohol beverages or spirits).

The term "eating house" can therefore refer to any type of small store, restaurant, or food truck. The term "eating houses" typically refers to even a smaller street vendor offering meals for immediate consumption by the general public.

This kind of licence is typically issued by the local state police. For instance, the Delhi Police Act mandates the issuance of this type of licence for all types of eateries that are established within Delhi's territorial authority. As a result, the applicant would need to submit an application to the police department's state or city headquarters.

Benefits of eating house license

Compliance with Local Laws: A licensee who obtains this kind of permit would not be subject to any of the restrictions that India's licensing laws for restaurants prescribe. In addition, the applicant would be permitted to sell fast food and other restaurant items in the area legally.


This kind of licence would enhance the applicant's reputation. Although it would not be necessary for the application to display the certificate anywhere that others might see it, the applicant would still benefit from a greater level of repute. Candidates with this kind of licence have a better reputation among the general public. In addition, candidates holding this type of licence would be in compliance with the standards.

Lesser Load: The state or local police would not place any additional burden on the applicant with this type of licence. The operation of the eating house can start as soon as the certificate is secured from the required police authorities.

Prompt Renewal

The local state police or the city police often offer the eating establishment licence together with the necessary authorization. There are no extra procedures that must be completed by the applicant after receiving this licence before opening an eating establishment in India. The candidate typically receives this licence for a three-year period. This would give the applicant some time to proceed with the renewal process. Therefore, the applicant

India's primary regulatory body for restaurant licences

The state-specific police authorities are the main regulating body for eating establishment licences in India. To open a specific dining establishment, the applicant must submit an application to the relevant local or state police body. Therefore, the appropriate state or district police would be the appropriate authorities to apply to.

The following permits are necessary to launch a food business:

Food License: A food licence from the FSSAI is required in order to open a food business in India. The eligibility of a product for FSSAI registration, a state licence, or a central licence must be confirmed prior to filing for a food licence.

Health trade license -It is necessary to obtain a health trade licence from the municipal corporation of the relevant state.

Eating House License: To obtain an Eating House License, a request must be made to the state's police commissioner.

Fire Security Certificate: A NOC from the fire department is required in order to open a food company. The inspection will be conducted by Fire Department officers upon the submission of a NOC application.


Documents Needed for Registration of Eating Places

The following paperwork is necessary:

  1. Site Map for the Restaurant
  2. Postcard-sized images of the Eating House
  3. Copy of a current trade licence issued by the NDMC, MCD, DCB, or Indian Airport Authority, coupled with payment receipt
  4. Legal evidence of the Eating House's occupancy and a landlord's NOC in the event of a tenancy
  5. Evidence of the applicant's identity and place of residence
  6. an affidavit on stamp paper that needs to be properly notarized
  7. if the restaurant's seating capacity is 50 or more, according to the fire safety certificate.
  8. a project involving the installation of CCTV cameras with a 30-day recording capability and recreational activities.
  9. In the case of a company, the certificate of incorporation and director information
  10. GST Registration Certificate Copies of Board Resolutions
  11. FSSAI Certificate
  12. Employee Information
  13. Police Clearance Document
  14. Installed fire safety measures are reliable.


Basic Steps to Register for an Eating House License

1. Submit an application

An application must be completed and the appropriate information must be given to us in order to obtain an eating house licence.

2. Submission of Documents

The next stage in obtaining an eating establishment licence is to engage experts to deliver the required paperwork and the application to the Additional Commissioner of Police, Licensing, Delhi.

3. The appointment of an additional police commissioner

Following the filing of an application for a licence to operate a restaurant, the Additional Commissioner will set a date for the inspection of the application and related paperwork. After thorough verification by the commissioner, an eating establishment licence is thereafter issued.

Verification of the Documents

For the Eating House License, the applicant must visit the commissioner or additional commissioner of police for the relevant state.

The appropriate department must be contacted when this procedure is finished to determine the requirements for the dining establishment licence.

Normally, after the dining establishment licence verification process is finished, the licence will be issued within a month or two.