FSSAI Registration - Process, Document Required, Fees, Penalty

Updated on September 20, 2022 04:57:03 PM

FSSAI stands for food safety and standard authority of India which is a legitimized autonomous institution under the ministry of health and family welfare and governed by food safety and standard ACT - 2006 with an objective to regulate, register, govern, and issue FSSAI registration to food business operators in India.

It has sets of rules and guidelines under food safety standard regulations 2011 to ensure the quality of products. It manages food testing standards and testing protocols to curtail contamination and illicit practices in the food industry.

FSSAI Food License [Sample]

  • Basic Registration
  • State License
  • Central License
Fssai Basic License
Fssai Central License

What is FSSAI registration?

FSSAI registration is a 14-digit uniform numbering license and registration issued by FSSAI as per the FSS act 2006 to all food business operators, this registration number is required to be printed on all the food products as it provides.

Getting an FSSAI registration is an imperative duty for all food business operators ( FBO ) as per sections 31(1) & 31(2) of FSS ACT, 2006 to commerce in food business legally in India.

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What is FoSCoS-FSSAI?

The food safety compliance system FosCoS is an online portal launched in 2020 by FSSAI for ease of providing licensing and registration to FBOs it’s an enhanced version of the (FLRS) Food licensing and registration system.

OBJECTIVE OF FosCos FSSAI

  1. Enables the application to seed business-specific details such as CIN No, PAN No. and GST No. to ensure 360-degree profiling and validation of FBOs
  2. Enhance user performance of the application and make the application process simpler and efficient to promote ease of doing business amongst FBOs
  3. Achieve minimal physical documentation and streamline business process flows for FBOs for online applications
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Benefits of FSSAI registration

FSSAI registration comes with legal and monetary benefits such as:

1. No legal hurdles:

FSSAI registration is only provided to those who met all the safety and quality compliances of the food safety and standard act thus license holder faces no legal hurdles from authorities.

2. Increases Credibility:

Consumers often restrain themselves from buying products without FSSAI LOGO, the license holder can use its logo in the promotion of their brand to build trust among consumers.

3. Growth in business:

FSSAI is a globally trusted food safety and standard authority thus having a food safety license from FSSAI can help businesses to export their products and to expand globally.

4. Streamline Structure:

It helps in the regulation, manufacture, storage, distribution, and sale of imported goods.

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FBOs who required FSSAI registration

All the businesses who are involved in the food sector are required to opt for FSSAI registration in India or licensing depending upon the capacity and size of the FBO as per the Food Safety and Standard act 2006.

Such as

  • Food manufacturers
  • Food transporters
  • Food storage plants
  • Exporter importer of Food
  • Food packaging units
  • Wholesale business owners
  • Handling and storage
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Proprietary and novel Food
  • Meat processing unit
  • Milk processing unit
  • Vegetable oil processing units
  • Retailers and distributors
  • Online food retailers
  • Cloud kitchen
  • Dhaba owners

Classification of FSSAI registration/license and Eligibility in India

FSSAI licensing and registration are classified into three categories as per nature and size of the food business operators.


  • FSSAI Basic registration
  • FSSAI state license
  • FSSAI central license

Food business operators (FBOs) with an annual turnover of less than 12 LPA ( Lakh per annum ) are expected to have a Basic FSSAI registration through form - A.

Such as Petty retailers, ice-cream sellers, street hawkers, and individuals manufacturing and selling food by themselves.


FBOS Eligibility Registration/ Licensing
Petty retailers/& individuals Up to 12 lakh per annum Basic registration
Slaughter-house Large animal 2 Poetry birds 50 Small animals 10 Basic registration
Diary unit 500 lit per day 2.5 mt of milk solids per annum Basic registration

Food business operators (FBOs) with an annual turnover of more than 12LPA but less than 20cr per annum are needed to have an FSSAI state license through form - B.

Such as Small and medium enterprises, storage units, transporters, and retailers.


FBOs Eligibility Registration/ Licensing
Vegetable Oil Processing Units 1-2 mt per day State licensing
Meat processing units 500per day/150 mt per annum State licensing
Manufacturing or processing Production Capacity: 101 Kgs/Ltrs – 1 MT per Day All Grains, Cereals, State licensing
Cold Storages Upto 10000 MT State licensing

Food business operators (FBOs) with an annual turnover of more than 20cr per annum and operational in more than one state are required to have an FSSAI central license through a form - B for their head office and separate registration of other branches as per state policy.

Such as Importers-exporters and large production houses.


FBOs Eligibility Registration/ Licensing
Dairy chilling and processing Units More than 50,000 Liters of Milk per day More than 2500 MT of Milk Solid Per annum Central license
Oil Processing Units More than 2 MT per day Central license
Proprietary Food No restriction on production capacity Central license
Novel food products No restriction on production capacity Central license
Storage-Cold/Refrigerated Storage Capacity of More than 10,000 MT Central license
Transporters More than 100 Vehicles and Turnover more than Rs. 30 Crores per annum Central license

NOTE: For marketers and manufacturers, it’s important to have a state license or central license as per the nature of their FBOs irrespective of their annual turnover.

Documents required for online FSSAI registration (Food license)

  • FSSAI Basic registration
  • FSSAI state license
  • FSSAI central license

General documents required for basic FSSAI registration.

  1. Authorized person address proof such as Aadhar card, driving license, PAN card
  2. Passport size photo
  3. Business name and address
  4. Form IX nomination of a person as per FSS rules
  5. Details of directors/ proprietors and executive members
  6. PAN and bank details
  7. Nature of business details
  8. NOC from the municipality or panchayat
  9. Proof of the premise ownership or rental agreement
  10. NOC from the owner of the rented property ( if rented )

Document required for FSSAI State license other than general documents.

  1. Form-B Duly completed and signed by the proprietors, partners, or authorized signatory
  2. Copy of certificate obtained under COOP-ACT, 1861/multistate COOP-ACT, 2002 in case of cooperatives
  3. Partnership deed/ memorandum and article of association toward the constitution of the firm
  4. Layout plan of the processing unit showing the dimensions in square meter/ meter ( mandatory for manufacturing and processing units only )
  5. Authorized letter with name and full details of the responsible person nominated by the manufacturer and alternative responsible person
  6. List of directors, proprietors, and executive members of society or trust with full detail
  7. Name and list of all the equipment and machines along with numbers installed capacity and horsepower
  8. Chemical and bacteriological analysis report in case of water used as an ingredient.
  9. IE code document issued by DGPT
  10. Recall plan wherever applicable
  11. Certificate provided by the ministry of tourism
  12. Form IX
  13. Declaration in the case of Haryana and Delhi
  14. Food safety and management plan

Documents are required for FSSAI central license.

Form-B Duly completed and signed by the proprietors, partners, or authorized signatory

  1. Form IX - nomination of a person by the company along with the board resolution
  2. NOC and a copy of the license from the manufacturer are mandatory for repackers only
  3. Ministry of Commerce certificate for 100% EOU
  4. NOC/PA Document issued by FSSAI
  5. IE code document issued by DGPT
  6. Supporting document for turnover proof
  7. Source of raw materials for meat and meat processing units
  8. Certification from the ministry of tourism
  9. Source of milk or procurement plan for milk including the location of milk collection centres
  10. Layout plan of the processing unit showing the dimensions in square meter/ meter ( mandatory for manufacturing and processing units only )
  11. List of directors, proprietors, and executive members of society or trust with full detail
  12. Name and list of all the equipment and machines along with numbers installed capacity and horsepower
  13. Food safety and management plan
  14. For transporters-supporting document proof of turnover or self-declaration of numbers of vehicles
  15. Copy of certificate obtained under COOP-ACT, 1861/multistate COOP-ACT, 2002 in case of cooperatives
  16. Declaration FORM

FSSAI Registration Fees In India

Type of Registration FSSAI License Fee GST on FSSAI Registration
Basic Registration INR. 100 per annum 18% GST
State License INR 2000-5000 per annum 18% GST
Central License INR 7500 per annum 18% GST
Renewal of License/Registration The renewal fee for FSSAI Food License registration is the same as the annual license fee.

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FSSAI Registration process

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Step-1 Online Application

FBOs must file for the Online FSSAI registration on FosCos respectively according to the nature of their businesses. Then upload all the required supporting documents along with the FSSAI registration fee.

After the successful submission, an application reference number will be provided to them, which can be used to track the status of the application.

Step-2 Inspection by FSSAI authorities

The FSSAI food safety officer will conduct a thorough inspection of the premises to ensure that all the necessary compliance and food safety norms are followed.

Step-3 Clearance for approval

After the adequate assessment of the business premise and document, verification. Approval for issuing of FSSAI registration or licence will be given by the Food safety officer to concerned licensing authorities.

Step-4 Issuance of license

Once the approval is granted, FSSAI will issue a unique 14-digit numerical registration number, which shall display during business hours and must be printed on all the products.

Note: You can use our free FSSAI application status checker tool to track the progress of your FSSAI registration application.

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Renewal of FSSAI Registration

FSSAI registration renewal is as important as getting a new registration. The license is issued for the validity of 1-5 years. Hence all the food business operators must file for FSSAI renewal 90 days before the due date.

FBOs who fail to renew their FSSAI registration shall be deemed unfit to commence any business as per guidelines.

You can use our free FSSAI license checker tool to know the exact validity due date of your registration to avoid late renewal or cancellation.

FSSAI late renewal penalty

Date of expiry Late FSSAI renewal penalty
From 30 days before the expiry date Rs. 100 per day
From 1st to 90th day 3 times the annual renewal fee
From 91st to 180th day 5 times the annual renewal fee
No renewal shall be allowed after 180 days from the day of expiry
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FSSAI non-compliance penalties in India

fssai non compliance penalties in india

Selling substandard food:

Any person selling, storing, manufacturing any food article which is not as per the standards of FSS regulations shall be liable to a penalty of 5 lakh rupees.

Misbranding:

Any person or FBO selling any food article through misbranding and false advertisement shall be liable to a penalty of 10 lakh rupees.

Unhygienic conditions:

Any person or FBO manufacturing, or processing any food article in unhygienic conditions shall be liable to a penalty of 1 lakh rupees.

Possessing adulterant:

Any person who commerces unsafe food articles which may harm the health of consumers such as FBOs is liable to a penalty of 10 lakh rupees and in case of death of a consumer, Life imprisonment shall be liable.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which license is required for manufacturers and marketers if their annual turnout limit is below 12 lakhs?

The manufacturers & marketers are required to get FSSAI State License irrespective of minimum turnover limit.

How can I proceed after obtaining an improvement notice?

You must act on the suggestions for improvement made by the concerned authority after receiving an improvement notice. The concerned authority must give you at least 14 days to submit your compliance report.

Is it possible to challenge a notice of improvement, suspension, or cancellation of a license?

Any individual who is aggrieved by a decision of the Licensing/Registering Authority may appeal to the Commissioner of Food Safety, whose decision is final, under Section 32 (4) and 32(5) of the FSS Act, 2006. The time limit for filing such an appeal is fifteen days from the date on which notice of the decision was served. If you want to appeal a notice of improvement, you have 15 days or the date stated in the notice, whichever comes first.

What are the conditions under which an application would be rejected?

The application will be rejected if the requisite information is not given within the stipulated period of 30 days or if the Licensing Officer believes the application is not tenable and cannot be granted. Before denying a license, an applicant will be given the opportunity to be considered, and the reasons for the rejection is written down.

What are the consequences of operating a food business without FSSAI Registration?

If a food business is operating without FSSAI registration, then it would be penalised by the department.

For how long is a FSSAI Registration valid?

The FSSAI license is issued for 1 to 5 years depending on the requirements of the business.

What happens if I don't renew my FSSAI registration in a timely manner?

If you do not renew your FSSAI registration on time, you will have to pay a penalty of ₹100 per day from the date it expires till it renews.

How is basic FSSAI Registration different from State and Central Food License?
  1. FSSAI Basic Registration: Small food businesses can opt to register under FSSAI with the basic registration if they are expecting annual turnover upto Rs. 12 Lakhs per annum.
  2. FSSAI State License: FBOs with annual turnover between Rs. 12 Lakhs to Rs. 20 Crores must have state license. It is important to note that manufacturers and marketers must obtain a State Food License irrespective of their turnover limit.
  3. FSSAI Central License: FBO having turnover of more than 20 crores are mandatory to have FSSAI Central License. Also, FBOs operating in more than one state and covered under schedule 1 of FSS Regulations, 2011 should have a central license

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