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Open a Restaurant in Singapore

Updated on Thursday 19th May 2016

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Open-a-Restaurant-in-SingaporeWhat are the main steps to open a restaurant in Singapore?

Food businesses are widely spread in Singapore and many entrepreneurs are inclined to open restaurants in the city-state. Before opening a restaurant, however, there are few compulsory steps to be followed. The first step is to select the type of Singapore company and register it with the Trade Register. Once this step is concluded, one or more licenses must be obtained with the relevant authorities:

  • - a food shop license,
  • - a liquor license,
  • - registration for the import of processed food ingredients and appliances,
  • - a halal eating establishment scheme.

Please watch the video below for more information on how to open a Singapore restaurant:

Our specialists in company formation in Singapore will guide you through the company registration procedure.

Obtaining a food shop license for restaurants in Singapore

Once the company registration procedure is completed, the owner must find a suitable venue for the restaurant and obtain a food shop license from the National Environment Agency (NEA) in Singapore. The following documents must be submitted in order to obtain a food shop license in Singapore:

  • - the owner’s identification documents,
  • - a business profile or Certificate of Incorporation for corporate owners,
  • - a scaled metric scheme of the premises showing the placement of all areas in the restaurant,
  • - a rental contract in case the Singapore property used as a venue is rented,
  • - approval from the Housing Development Board, the Urban Redevelopment Authority or Building and Construction Authority.

Additional information about food handlers must also be provided:

  • - a list with all the Singapore restaurant’s employees handling food,
  • - typhoid vaccination certificates,
  • - X-ray certificates for employees starting with the age of 45,
  • - a list with the food hygiene officers.

The food shop license will be issued in one or two weeks and a validity period of one year.

Obtaining a liquor license for a Singapore restaurant

Singapore restaurants serving alcoholic beverages are also required to apply for a liquor license alongside with the food shop license. The liquor license is released by the Liquor Licensing Board in Singapore. There are two types of liquor licenses in Singapore:

  • - the public house license,
  • - the beer house license.

Depending on the type of license, certain fees must be paid upon issuance. The liquor license has a two-year validity period.

For restaurants intending to import processed food in Singapore, a registration number must be obtained from the Food Control Division within the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority.

Once the licenses are obtained, the restaurant must register for taxation purposes with the Singapore tax authorities.

For complete details about setting up a restaurant please contact our Singapore consultants in company formation.




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