Opening a new restaurant and turning it into a succeed one requires more than just hard work and dedication. As with any businesses, it requires a lot of paperwork. Failing to get appropriate licenses and permits for your restaurant will result closing from local government.
The retail sector, including hotels and restaurants, is changing rapidly as personal income and consumer spending increased. According to Mckinsey Global Institute, 90 million new Indonesians are likely to join the consuming class, making it as big as about 135 million by 2030. A large middle class population will be an important part of this story. This group of people will look for a new house and car, filling shopping malls and restaurants. Despite the weakened rupiah, this sector contributed IDR 1473 trillion in 2014 or 14.6% of GDP, grow at a double-digit rate for five consecutive years since 2010. Restaurant comes next in the group added IDR 235 trillion with average annual growth of 11.3% over the past five years, strongly points out the increasing number of food-service operations.
Since food and drink service business referred as tourism business, owner may refer the regulations to Ministerial Regulation of Ministry Culture and Tourism No. PM. 87 /HK.501/MKP/2010. Based on this regulation, tourism business is the business of providing food and drinks including restaurant, food stall, bar, café, catering service, food court, and other food and beverage service business.
Local and foreign investors are welcomed entering restaurant business. Opening a restaurant is quite similar with registering another type of company in Indonesia. Founders must set up a Direct Investment Company. This is basically a limited liability company (LLC) called Perseroan Terbatas (PT) in Indonesia. For foreign investors, there is also foreign-owned LLC called PT. PMA – Penanaman Modal Asing.
It’s just for certain business fields have limitation for share ownership for foreigners. According to Presidential Decree Number 39 Year 2014, foreign investors are allowed to have 51% ownership for restaurant; 49% for bar and café. The rest of ownership will belong to local shareholder. In certain situations when the foreign investors are not ready to full fill all requirements for PMA company registration, foreign investors still have alternative option by establishing a local nominee company in form of local limited liability (i.e. Perseroan Terbatas) with 100% local shareholders which will be under his control.
To get restaurant license, application for the registration shall be addressed to the tourism and culture agency at local government where the tourism business is located. It could be at Regent or Mayor Office, except for Special Capital Province of Jakarta at Governor Office.
The process of registration of tourism businesses cover:
Required documents to obtain restaurant license are as follow:
Besides required documents above, restaurant requires additional license regarding service offered. If restaurant is planned to provide alcoholic beverage, it is important to get Alcoholic Beverage Trading License (SIUP-MB). Furthermore, restaurants that feature live or pre-recorded music, they must obtain licenses from label record or competent foundation that facilitate the use of such material. Fail to do so could trigger expensive penalties.
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