How To Register A New Hotel or Restaurant In Pakistan

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To start a restaurant in any city of Pakistan, the owner needs to set up a restaurant in a location that targets the right audience. When a customer visits a restaurant, he is not just paying for the food, but he looks for the good ambiance, quality of service and the over all experience that worth his money.

If you are about to start your restaurant in Pakistan, you have to keep these two important things in mind that the taste of food and quality of your services can make you or break you. But there are many other things too, that you need to get done before starting up a restaurant business in Pakistan, and that is registration of your company, trademark, and brand copyrights.


No matter in which city of Pakistan you live, there are many business that you can start, but restaurant business is no doubt one of the most successful businesses in Pakistan. Like any other business in any city of Pakistan, if you want to start your new business, you need to get a license from the concerned department of the Government. The same procedure will apply here if you’re going to start a Hotel, or Restaurant in Pakistan. In Pakistan, Restaurant registration is very important and mandatory for any kind of food supplier to run his business in Pakistan.

In case of non registration of the restaurant under the law, the owner of the restaurant shall be liable for imprisonment which may be from three days to one year, and a fine from ten thousand rupees to five hundred thousand rupees. However, there are few things like health standards, hygiene, comfort, medical certificates of the employees, proper building structure that is safe for the staff, and few more things are are required from the owner of the restaurant. After the registration process, when its done, the owner of the hotel or restaurant is required to get a legal license from the controller.

A license granted to the owner of restaurant shall remain in force for a period of maximum one year and requires a renewable every year on payment of prescribed government fee which is necessary every year. Now, if you are a restaurant person, you probably would not have the idea about all these legal documentation work that is required to register your restaurant. But, that’s not a problem anymore! NAZ Intellectuals Services, has a team of experienced attorneys who can help you in your Restaurant registration in Pakistan.

Before setting up a restaurant business in Pakistan, you should have the idea about exactly how much of the investment it’s going to take. However, it depends on many factors which include location, food expenses, staff salaries and the quality and quantity of cuisines you are about to offer to your customers.

To start a restaurant business in Pakistan, you need to have around One Million Pakistani Rupees to around Forty Millions depending upon the factors mentioned above

But what if you don’t have the required investment to start your restaurant business ? Here’s a solution! You can also set up your hotel or restaurant business in Partnership, or take a franchise. For this you would be having a legal expert who can assist you in all legal paper work to obtain the hotel license.

What is the actual cost of opening a restaurant in Pakistan?

The most important thing to consider when we talk about the opening cost of a restaurant is that the cost totally depends and varies city to city. The property expenses in cities such as Karachi, Islamabad or Lahore is much higher if we compare it to the other small cities of Pakistan.

The cost of opening a Hotel in Pakistan also includes the following elements.

  1. Infrastructure or Renovation of the Building
  2. Restaurant’s Food supplies
  3. Furniture (Chairs, tables, Sofas)
  4. Utensils
  5. Rent (If you don’t own the property)
  6. Overhead charges
  7. Electricity & Gas Bills
  8. Staff Salaries
  9. License Renewal fee or government charges


At NAZ Intellectuals, you can get full assistance in registration of restaurant, and get a license to open a hotel or restaurant.

We can provide you expert consultation on your Food business structure (Sole proprietorship /Sole Owner/Partnership Concern) to minimize your annual taxes
We can offer you our services in registration of your Brand Name Copyrights, and trade mark registration in Pakistan.
The lawyers/Attorneys at Naz Intellectuals, can offer their services yo help you in Drafting and negotiating franchise agreements.