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Food Shop Licence

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

A food shop refers to a shop operating in an independent unit such as a takeaway kiosk, snack counter, restaurant, etc. Stalls within a canteen, coffee shop, eating house or food court cannot apply for this licence.


List of Food Businesses


  1. Bakery

  2. Bakery (Retail without baking)

  3. Canteen (Construction Site)

  4. Canteen with Catering

  5. Canteen with Stalls

  6. Canteen with Stalls (School)

  7. Canteen without Stalls

  8. Coffeeshop / Eating House

  9. Food Cart (Take Away)

  10. Food Caterer

  11. Food Court

  12. Food Vending Machines

  13. Foodshop selling takeaway foods

  14. Foodshop (Market Produce)

  15. Foodshop (Pets Allowed)

  16. Grilling and Sale of Grilled Meat Products

  17. In-house Kitchen

  18. Mobile Food Wagon

  19. Private Market

  20. Pubs, Bars, Nightclubs, Discos

  21. Restaurant

  22. Restaurant with Catering

  23. Sales of Herbal Tea

  24. Snack Counter


Food Shop Licence Application


1. Submit complete application with layout plan in GoBusiness

Upload the layout plan drawn to scale of the premises in metric units. Refers to equipment layout plan of the premises, showing placement of exhaust, chillers, freezers, ovens, wash basins, taps, etc


Upon receipt of a complete application, SFA will process and issue the In-Principle Approval (IPA) within 5 working days. Upon receipt of the IPA, you may proceed with the renovation. Please refer to the IPA for the licensing requirements that you will need to comply with.


You must prepare the documents stated in the IPA as soon as possible and upload them in GoBusiness. The documents include URA’s Change of Use or HDB’s approval, tenancy agreement, cleaning program and pest control contract. It is also important that you plan the renovation and equipment set up schedule ahead of time so as to minimise the time taken for renovation.


2. Book a pre-licensing inspection for my food shop upon completion of renovation

Please make an appointment for the inspection at least 7 days in advance. Please provide the relevant information (premises address, application number/licence number, name and contact number) in your request. SFA will confirm your pre-licensing inspection date within 2 working days.


During the inspection, SFA will verify if the setup of the premises is in accordance to the layout plan submitted and whether all the items listed in the IPA have been complied with. For example, SFA will check if exhaust is fitted with an air-cleaner, floor trap for the discharge of wastewater to sewer, adequate washing facilities, storage facilities and etc. At the end of the pre-licensing inspection, the officer will issue you with an inspection report


If there are no outstanding issues, the officer will recommend the application for approval.


However, if there are outstanding items that required to be rectified/complied at the end of the pre-licensing inspection, the officer will indicate in the inspection report. Please comply with these outstanding items and inform the inspection officer.


When you have complied with the outstanding items, the officer will recommend the application for approval.


3. Make payment after licence approval

Upon full compliance to licensing requirements and submission of required documents, SFA will approve the application within 3 working days.


Licensees can print their own licences upon successful payment.


Provide Information on Food Hygiene Personnel


Select the most relevant “Role” and “Course Type” attended.


Role: Food Handler / Food Hygiene Officer / Food Safety Management System Personnel


Course Type: Basic Food Hygiene Course Certificate / Food Hygiene Officer Course Certificate / Food Safety Management System Course Certificate


At least one food handler personnel details must be submitted


Food Hygiene Officers are only required for the following types of food businesses:


  • Restaurant

  • Housed in two or more adjacent units in private and HDB shophouses; or With kitchen area exceeding 16m2

  • Caterer

  • Canteen

  • Food court


Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Personnel are for food businesses which need to implement FSMS (such as caterers and those permitted to cater).


Cost of Food Shop Licence and Length of Validity


The Food Shop Licence including entertainment outlets serving food e.g. pub, bar, discotheque, and night club, costs $195.00 and is valid for one year.


How Bestar can Help


Bestar is a Singapore-based company that provides a range of business registration and licensing services. They can help you with the following aspects of obtaining a Food Shop Licence in Singapore:

  • Application process: Bestar can help you with the entire application process, from filling out the forms to submitting the required documents. They will also advise you on the necessary requirements and ensure that your application is complete and compliant with SFA regulations.

  • Pre-licensing inspection: Bestar can arrange for a pre-licensing inspection of your premises to ensure that it meets SFA's requirements. This will help to speed up the approval process and avoid any delays.


If you are planning to open a food shop in Singapore, Bestar can be a valuable resource for help with obtaining a Food Shop Licence and ensuring that your business complies with SFA's requirements.


Here are some additional benefits of using Bestar to obtain your Food Shop Licence:

  • Peace of mind: You can rest assured that your application is in safe hands with Bestar. They have a proven track record of helping businesses obtain Food Shop Licences in Singapore.

  • Expertise: Bestar's team of experienced professionals has a deep understanding of the Food Shop Licence application process and SFA's requirements. They will be able to advise you on the best course of action and ensure that your application is successful.

  • Time savings: Bestar can help you to save time by taking care of the entire application process on your behalf. This will free up your time so that you can focus on other aspects of your business.

  • Cost savings: Bestar's fees are competitive and they offer a range of payment options to suit your budget.

If you are interested in learning more about how Bestar can help you obtain your Food Shop Licence, please visit our website or contact us for a consultation.


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