Food License: FSSAI State License

If the turnover of a food business exceeds Rs 12 Lakhs but is up to Rs. 20 Crores (or up to Rs. 30 Crores for transporters), a State License from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is required to conduct the business legally. We are here to assist you throughout the process of filing and following up with the FSSAI.

Apply for FSSAI State License @ Rs 4999/ + Govt fee Only

Food License Fees



2,499/- All Inclusive
  • FSSAI Registration is mandatory if your Food Business have turnover is less than 12 lac in a Financial Year and the business is within the state


State License

4,999/ + Govt Fee
  • FSSAI State License Required When turnover is more than 12 Lac & upto 20 Crores for retailer/ 30 Crores for wholesalers


Central License

7,999/ + Govt Fee
  • FSSAI Central License require for all cases where turnover exceeds limits prescribed for state License or involved in export.

FSSAI State License - Overview

Food, being a fundamental necessity of life, should be prepared and stored safely and hygienically to ensure its wholesomeness. Recognizing this, the food business sector is subject to regulations that make food licensing mandatory for all food business operators (FBOs) who meet the prescribed criteria. A food state license is a specific license granted by the state licensing authority to FBOs with an annual turnover exceeding 12 lakhs but not exceeding 20 crores (or 30 crores for transporters). The validity period of this license ranges from 1 to 5 years, depending on the duration selected by the FBO.

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Eligibility for FSSAI State License

The Following food business operators need to apply for a State license with their respective state licensing authorities:

  1. FBO with an annual turnover of more than 12 Lacs but less than 20 crores except for Transporter. In transporters, the upper turnover limit for state licence is 30 crores.
  2. All mills of Cereals, Grains, Pulses require a state FSSAI licence.
  3. FBO produces food (other than Milk & Meat and products made from Milk and Meat) up to 101 Kgs/2 MT Liters per day.
  4. Dairy units, including milk chilling units which procure or handles and collect milk in between 501 – 50,000 Litres of Milk per day /2.5 MT –2 500 MT of Milk Solids per annum
  5. All slaughterhouses having slaughtering capacity as under:
    • Large Animals: 3 to 50
    • Small Animals: 11 to 150
    • Poultry Birds: 51 to 1000

Timeline for Grant of FSSAI State License:

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 license grant

Documents for FSSAI State License for Non Manufacturing / Non Producing Unit

Company / LLP / Firm Documents

B. Documents of Directors/ Partners & Nominee

C. Proof of Address of Food Business.

  1. Certificate of Incorporation
  2. MOA & AOA/ Partnership deed/ LLP agreement
  3. PAN Card
  4. List of Directors
  5. Board Resolution
  6. Form IX: Nomination Form
  7. List of Food Products
  1. Pan card
  2. Adhaar card
  3. Address Proof- Voter ID card or DLP or Passport
  4. Email ID &
  5. Mobile Mo (For OTP)
  6. Educational Qualification

  1. Sale Deed/ Rent agreement, and
  2. Electricity Bill Not Older than two months
  3. NOC from owner of premises

Documents for FSSAI State License for Manufacturing or Producing FBO

Along with above documents we need following documents for manufacturing and producing FBO – 

  • The processing unit’s blueprint/layout plan shows the metres/square metres and operation-wise area allocation dimensions.
  • Photograph of Manufacturing/Production unit.
  • List of Machinery and Equipment and along with the number, installed capacity and horsepower used.
  • Water test Analysis report (Chemical & Bacteriological) from a recognized/ public health laboratory to confirm the portability indicating the name of an authorized representative of Lab who collected the sample and date of collecting the sample(Not applicable if water is not being used as an ingredient)
  • For 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)
  • Recall Plan

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 Following cases

Fee of Rs. 5000/- is applicable in Following cases

  1. Restaurants
  2. Boarding houses,
  3. Clubs etc.
  4. Canteens (Schools, Colleges, Office, Institutions),
  5. Caterers,
  6. Banquet Halls
  7. Hotels (Less than 3 Star)
  8. Food vendors like dabbawalas etc
  1. FBO having production capacity is Below 1 M.T. of Production or
  2. 501 to 10,000 Liters Per Day of milk or
  3. 2.5 MT to 500 MT of milk sulids per annum.

  1. Hotels with 3 Star and above
  2. Above 1MT per day Production or
  3. 10,001 to 50,000 Liter Per Day of milk or
  4. 501 to 2500 MT of Milk sulids per annum

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.

FSSAI Annual Return

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.

Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)

FSSAI licenses issued to food businesses are valid for a period of 1 to 5 years.

It is mandatory to apply for licence renewal 30 days before the expiry of the existing licence. Non-renewal of licences can fetch a fine of ₹100 per day until the renewal is done.

The registered office of your company will need a central licence. Your manufacturing units will also need individual state licences for each state they’re in.

Yes, you do. You need a central licence registered from the address in the import export code.

Yes, whether you manufacture, distribute, transport or trade food additives, you will need an FSSAI licence to do it.

It is mandatory for all catering establishments, even the railways, defence and airport to get an FSSAI licence.

Perhaps you have a few separate warehouses within one city, then you will need a separate licence for each. If all your warehouses are confined to one campus, however, you can apply for a single licence citing the campus’s address.

Yes, the process is 100% online. We will provide you with a dashboard in which you can comfortably do everything.

For a basic FSSAI registration, it takes 7-10 days from the day the application is filed. For state and central licence, it may take up to 30 days to get your licence.

The registration authority may reject the registration application where the reply to the clarification is not filed within 30 days of raising such clarification.

Suppose a Petty food manufacturer fails to obtain a registration. In that case, a fine not exceeding Rs 5 lakh and imprisonment for up to 6 months may be imposed, depending on the nature of the offence. The sale of food products without a quality tag will lead to a penalty of Rs 5 lacs, whereas a fine of Rs 3 lakh is levied for sale without a label. Thus, homemade food suppliers, dabbawala, home baker, etc., should register themselves to avoid hefty fines and imprisonment. Kindly contact team setindiabiz to get your food business registration.