How To Register a New Restaurant in Pakistan

Restaurants Registration in Pakistan

Restaurant business is very productive business not only in Pakistan but all over the world. It is one of the most successful businesses in Pakistan. Like any other countries if you want to establish your own restaurant you have to get a license from the concerned authority. The same system follows in Pakistan, Hotel/Restraunt Registration is mandatory for a food supplier in order to commence business in Pakistan. In Pakistan Law relating to food items which may or may not be served in hotels and restraunts is administered under various statutes and rules. The Pakistan Hotels and Restaurants Act, 1976 and The Pakistan Hotels and Restaurants Rules, 1977 were incorporated for the specific regulation of such restraunts. However, the law is extended over various statutes as taxes are dealt under sales tax Act, 1990 and Income tax Ordinance,2001. Agreements are administered under stamp act and so forth.
The law which deals with the registration and control of the hotels and restaurants is mainly found in The Pakistan Hotels and Restaurants Act, 1976 and The Pakistan Hotels and Restaurants Rules, 1977.

Owner of every restaurant or hotel shall from the opening apply to the controller for registration, without first getting the hotel or restaurant registered and obtaining a license no owner individual, firm, company is allowed to carry on his business. In case of non registration under the act  he shall be liable to imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year but which shall not be less than three days and fine which may extend to five hundred thousand rupees but which shall not be less than ten thousand rupees.

For registration of a restaurant, the owner of the restaurant is required to be conventional to the standard of health, hygiene, comfort, medical certificates of staffs in good health, its building is structurally safe and to fulfill other requirements in accordance with law.

After getting registration the owner of the restaurant is required to obtain a license from the controller. Normally, registration and license are issued at the same time. A license granted shall remain in force for a period of one year and is renewable every year on payment of prescribed government fee.

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  • We can assist you in obtaining registration and license to open a hotel or restaurant
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