Who is eligible to setup a hawker stall?
Setting up a hawker stall would require the applicant to be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident and at least 21 years old who is not bankrupt. Applicants with revoked licences or have been de-registered are not eligible. It is also prohibited to apply to operate 2 or more cooked food stalls within the same centre. Hawker license can be secured through forming a Singapore company or you can apply under your personal name.
Procedure to set up a hawker stall in Singapore:
Step 1: Secure Your Premises
Before setting up a hawker stall in Singapore, it is important to meet the eligibility requirements. One requirement would include securing a premise (hawker stall) as it is a requirement to acquire a one in order to obtain a Hawker Stall Licence.
Step 2: Register Your Food Handlers
It is compulsory to register all your food handlers with the National Environment Agency (NEA). Hence, if you run an F&B establishment, you would have to make sure that every food handler have to complete the WSQ Follow Food & Beverage Safety and Hygiene Policies and Procedures course before dealing with the food. Failure in ensuring that all food handlers are registered would result in a fine of up to S$2,000 and given demerit points under the Points Demerit System (PDS). Your Hawker Stall Licence would be suspended or revoked when you accumulate more than 12 demerit points in a 12-month period. Take note that when applying for a Hawker Stall Licence, you will be required to provide names and details of registered food handlers in your business.
Step 3: Obtain Hawker Stall Licence
Under the Environmental Public Health Act, it is a requirement to apply for a Hawker Stall Licence if you are planning to run a retail food stall where food and/or drinks are sold. This act of licencing ensures cleanliness and food safety in food retail outlets and hence averting food-borne diseases. Take note that you need this licence to operate a hawker stall rented from the Government. If you are operating a food stall inside a privately-owned food shop, you should apply for a Food Stall Licence instead. If you are operating a food shop, you should apply for a Food Shop Licence instead. To be eligible for this licence, the applicant has to be either a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident and be at least 21 years old.
Complying with Environmental Health Regulations
It is crucial to comply with environmental health regulations as demerit points would be given to stalls that violate these protocols and risk having their licence suspended or revoked. To oversee the food safety standards being conducted in F&B establishments, NEA has developed the Points Demerit System (PDS). This system awards demerit points to establishments that violates regulations and F&B licences can be suspended or revoked when excessive points are accumulated. Revoked licences would ban the applicant from applying for another licence to operate an F&B business from the NEA.