Hotel/Restaurant 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 restraints 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 restraints. 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. Procedure for Hotel/Restaurant Registration in Pakistan
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 under the Act no owner individual, firm, company) is allowed to carry on his business. For registration of a restaurant, the owner of the restaurant is required to conform 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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