Licenses Needed to Set Up a Restaurant in Indonesia
Just as is the case with any other business, licenses are needed to regulate the operations of any restaurant in Indonesia. The licensing requirements differ depending on whether the restaurant owner is a local or foreigner. Nevertheless, a restaurant business must adhere to strict requirements for it to be successful. The applications for restaurant licenses are addressed to the local government’s tourism and culture departments except for the main province of Jakarta, where the licenses are addressed to the governor’s office. The following sets of licenses are needed for the restaurant business in Indonesia:
Business license – A business license represents the commercial purpose of the restaurant. It validates the restaurant’s commercial activities in Indonesia.
Restaurant license – A restaurant license is only issued when the business owner has determined the location and that such a location has been proved appropriate by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Working Visa – While a visa is not the same as a license, it provides a foreigner with the right to legally operate a business in Indonesia. It can also be referred to as a work permit. It should be noted that a working visa is different from a proof of stay visa. A proof of stay visa validates one’s presence in the country while a working permit or visa validates one’s involvement in the country’s commercial activities.
Alcoholic Beverage Trading License – If the restaurant business is to indulge in the sale of any alcoholic drink, it will require this license which regulates the sale of alcoholic beverages.
Licenses from recording labels – A restaurant that wishes to play live or recorded music for its customers must obtain a license of the label owner or relevant authorities to ascertain that such music does not infringe upon the copyright laws of Indonesia.
Should you require any assistance in obtaining any license required for your restaurant or any other business in Indonesia, contact us at Paul Hype Page & Co. We will ensure that you fulfill the criteria required to receive the license, then enable to you receive the license so that your business operations may begin as soon as possible.
Legal Requirements for Setting up a Restaurant in Indonesia
The most important legal requirement in Indonesia is that of company registration. An investor must follow the legal guidelines of company registration which include the following: providing a list of directors, naming of shareholders, and defining the nature of the company’s business. This process is overseen by government authorities that receive, verify, and approve applications for company registration.
Other than company registration, investors are also required to provide a building permit that ascertains that permission to expand, modify, or build a location for the restaurant has been granted. A restaurant owner should also provide a nuisance law permit that shows that the location of the business does not disrupt public peace and safety.
The investor must also be a registered taxpayer with proof of tax compliance prior to obtaining an operating license for the restaurant business.
The investor must also provide an environmental impact analysis. This analysis shows the effects of the restaurant’s operation on the environment. It should contain a waste disposal strategy and an evaluation of the toxic nature of the waste being produced by the restaurant.
Besides the preceding requirements, the restaurant owner needs to obtain a food safety and health certification from Indonesia’s Ministry of Health showing the safety of products being sold at the restaurant. The Ministry of Health also demands a health certification for every employee of the restaurant. This should prove that the restaurant’s staffs are in a position to safely handle food and drinks without running the risks of causing in infection.