Catering Establishment Application

Updated: 23.03.2020

Catering Establishment Application (Restaurant, Snack Bar, Bar, Kiosk, Disco, Nightclub)

"Catering establishment" means any building, premises or other establishment, including kiosks, howsoever described, purveying for reward food and, or, beverages including wines and spirits, for consumption.

A catering establishment license is required to set- up such activity. The license is obtained by the Malta Tourism Authority.

An application can be filed online by following the link:

Applicable Laws (Rights and Obligations)

Chapter 409- Travel and Tourism Services Act-

Subsidiary Legislation 409.15- Catering Establishments Regulations-

Documents needed with application

  • Identity Card
  • An official Employment history from a Government Body (such as Jobsplus) and/or academic qualifications
  • Site Plan
  • Planning Permit & endorsed layout plans
  • Photos of facade etc.
  • Proof of Ownership of property / if applicable Contract of Lease*1 or Lands Department.
  • Copy of full Memo of Articles of association and Company registration (if applicable)
  • Company Resolution (if applicable)
  • Architect's Estimate of Rental Value of premises or Lease agreement
  • Police Conduct (Covering the last 5 years)
  • Doctor's Certificate for Operator and Chef
  • Proposed menu (exempt for Bar)
  • Grease Trap (exempt for Bars)
  • Health Dept. Clearance- Food Safety Unit
  • Swill Agreement
  • Third Party Liability Insurance for €250,000


See Subsidiary Legislation 409.05

Method of Payment

Online payment is available via the Licensing Management System (LMS). 


Within forty-five (45) days from the date of receipt of a complete application, the Authority shall determine whether to issue a licence. This period may, prior to the expiry of the relevant period, be extended by the Authority for one period of not more than sixty (60) days. Such extension and the reasons behind it shall be notified to the applicant without delay.

Incomplete Application Forms

In the case of an incomplete application form, the Authority shall, without delay, inform the applicant of the need to supply any additional information or documentation, or of the need to conduct any interviews or inspection.
Nonetheless, when the Authority has not determined whether to issue a licence to an applicant, within the periods mentioned above, such applicant shall not be deemed, for all intents and purposes of law, to be licensed.

Means of Redress or Appeal

Any person who feels aggrieved by a decision of the Authority, as provided in article 14(1) of Chapter 409- Travel and Tourism Services Act, may appeal to the Tourism Appeals Board, on payment of the prescribed fee (applicable fees as per Legal Notice 409.05), within fifteen (15) days from the date the decision on which the appeal is entered is communicated to the person concerned. Appeals should be addressed to: Dr. Lynn Faure (Tourism Appeals Board Secretary) Attention Mr. Paul Pace (Director Corporate Services)- Ministry for Tourism & Consumer Protection, 233, Republic Street Valletta VLT 1116, Malta.

Department ResponsibleMTA Licensing Department

Contact Persons:       

Mr. Kevin Fsadni - Director Product Development Directorate & Licensing
Tel: 22915600

Mr. Malcolm Zerafa - Manager Licensing
Tel: 22915717

General Enquiries -
Tel: 22915000


Authority: Malta Tourism Authority