Licensing

Food Stall Licence

Steps to Apply Food Stall Licence

You may refer below on the steps for application of Food Stall (step by step guide, PDF) licence.

Applicants should log in to GoBusiness Licensing website via CorpPass (if application is under company) or SingPass (if application is under individual name).

Any operator who is operating a stall in a food shop such as canteen, coffeeshop, food court, private market or hawker centre managed by an NEA-appointed operator should apply for a food stall licence.

*Anyone who wishes to operate a stall in an NEA-managed hawker centres, i.e. hawker stall, needs to have a valid Tenancy Agreement with NEA. More information is available at the NEA Website.

STEP DESCRIPTION  SERVICE STANDARD 
Step 1

Submit complete application in GoBusiness

  • For complete application with layout plan and tenancy agreement, including a Certificate of Stamp Duty issued by Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), attached, SFA will process the application within 5 working days. If the main operator of your canteen, food court, and/or coffee shop / eating house is collecting the stamp duties and paying them on the stall holders’ behalf as part of the tenancy management process, please request a copy of the Certificate of Stamp Duty from them. If the main operator issues other types of agreements apart from leases / tenancies, please approach IRAS early to clarify whether these other agreements are subject to stamp duty and append IRAS' clarifications within the licence application to SFA. SFA would not be able to accept other types of agreements that are not stamped by IRAS except those verified by IRAS that stamp duty is not applicable.
  • For incomplete application and without layout plan or tenancy agreement (including a Certificate of Stamp Duty issued by Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)), SFA will reject the application.

    Existing Licensed Premises

    If you are taking over a food stall, you should engage the main operator to ensure the previous licensee has cancelled the licence to avoid delays. Otherwise, SFA may take up to 2 weeks to engage the food stall licensee for cancellation of the licence.

 

5 working days if application is complete and in order

Step 2

Make payment after licence approval

Upon full compliance with licensing requirements and submission of required documents, SFA will approve the application. You will receive a notification via email and GoBusiness within 5 working days.

  • For applicants with existing GIRO arrangement with SFA, you may start business after receiving SFA's email approval.
  • For applicants not on GIRO, you may start your business after you have made payment via AXS or GoBusiness.

 

Licensees to print their own licence upon successful payment made on or after 1 January 2022.

Operators of food establishments are encouraged to sign up for GIRO auto-payment as a convenient way to pay the fees for the renewal of their licence automatically two months before the licence expires. Those with an existing GIRO arrangement with SFA will be able to commence operations after they receive SFA’s approval to operate a food establishment. Those intending to sign up for GIRO auto-payment must complete the GIRO Application Form and send the original form to SFA via post to:

 

Singapore Food Agency Finance Department

52 Jurong Gateway Road #14-01

JEM Office Tower

Singapore 608550

 

 

5 working days if application is complete and in order

 

 

 

 

FAQs (Food Stall Licence)

 

1. How soon can I hear from SFA after I submit my application?

Refer to Step 1. When you submit an application for a food stall licence, SFA will respond to you within 5 working days.  

Any incomplete or incorrect submission without layout plan and tenancy agreement (including a Certificate of Stamp Duty issued by Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)) will be rejected.

If you are taking over a food stall where the current licence is valid, you should engage the main operator to ensure the previous licensee has cancelled the licence so as not to delay your application. Otherwise, SFA may take up to 2 weeks to engage the food stall licensee for cancellation of licence.

Please also check the email account (including junk / spam mail box) that you have used for licence application to ensure that you have responded to any request for action (RFA) from our officers. SFA will not be able to approve your application until you have responded to our RFAs. If we have not heard back from you after seven days despite reminders, we will take that you are no longer interested in the application and will proceed to take the case as closed.

For company filer who is unsure if any prior application has been submitted for the same premises, you are advised to write to SFA at online feedback form for assistance to check. Please refrain from submitting duplicate applications.

 

2. How soon will my application be approved?

Refer to Step 2. SFA will approve the application within 5 working days upon applicant’s full compliance to licensing requirements and submission of required documents.

 

3. When can I commence business?

Refer to Step 2 on when you may commence business.

 

4. What is the difference between a food shop licence and a food stall licence?

A food shop refers to a shop operating as an independent unit such as a takeaway kiosk, snack counter, restaurant, caterer, canteen, coffeeshop, food court, etc. A food stall operates within a food shop such as canteen, coffeeshop, food court, private market or hawker centres.

 

5. I have applied for a licence under the wrong entity/wrong licence type. Can I change them?

Please note the licensee name and licence type cannot be amended and licences issued by SFA are not transferrable.

If you have submitted the application under the wrong entity or wrong licence type, please resubmit the application using correct account (SingPass/CorpPass). If you are unsure on the type of licence to apply, you can write to  Online Feedback Form for assistance.

If your business operations have changed and you need an SFA licence of a different type, you are required to submit a new foodshop application via GoBusiness.

If your business experienced a take over or merger, and the operating entity’s UEN has changed, you are required to submit a new foodshop application on GoBusiness using the new UEN’s corpPass via GoBusiness.