Singapore is famous for its large offering of food: from South-East Asia specialties to Western classics, anything you may want is available. But all these F&B businesses (Food and Beverage) are regulated by specific governmental agencies that are the guaranties of the hygiene and quality of their services.
First steps to open your F&B Business
Like every other business, your F&B company must be registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and comply with its Companies Act.
You can read more about the different types of business entities available for registration in our article. The most common entity for an F&B business is the private limited company.
Once you are registered with ACRA, you also need to register with the Central Provision Fund (CPF). Contributions to CPF is mandatory for all employers in Singapore, as it is the social security system thanks to which Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents can save funds for their retirement.
Food Shop license
This license is necessary to every F&B Company and is issued by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) since the 1st April 2019 (it was done by the National Environment Agency before). It is mandatory for retailing food and/or drinks. The location and layout of the restaurant must have been prepared beforehand as the authorities will conduct a pre-licensing inspection of the premises after the completion of renovations and installation of equipment.
The application is made online and the process can vary from 1 week to a few months. It costs S$195 and is valid for a year. The length of the process can be affected by the result of the pre-licensing inspection of the premises. If everything is in order, an in-principle approval will be given to you as well as a list of hygiene requirements for compliance.
Your application for the Food Shop License must also include the following documentation:
If you are taking over an existing food outlet, the previous licensee must first cancel their license by writing before your application can be approved.
Depending on your targeted clientele, you may want to diversify your workforce with foreign workers. In that case, you will need to obtain a work pass for them.
According to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) policy, only company entities are allowed to employ foreign workers. Therefore, the food shop license must be registered in the name of the company, as license issued in an individual (e.g. Director) will not be acceptable for a work pass application.
Other licenses depending on your F&B Business type
You may need to apply to other licenses specific to the type of F&B business you are looking to open. The most common ones are the following:
Ace Success can help
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