When operating any kind of business here in Kenya or even worldwide, there are several permit licenses that one has to acquire depending on different factors. These factors may include the size of the business, type of the business, number of employees, and total income. Operating a business without the necessary licenses may result in breaking of laws concerning business and may cost your business negatively.
Below are the most common licenses for several businesses in Kenya.
1. Single Business Permit
This license is issued from any city count offices to indicate that your business is legal and permitted to operate in a particular town or county.
2. Health Permit
This license is issued for those business handling human consumption stuffs like food. Those with business like hotels, offering medical services and shops needs this licenses.
3. KRA permit
This permit is issued from the Kenya Revenue Authority. For every business that you operate, paying tax is a mandatory regarding the laws and regulation of the country.
4. Nema Permit
This permit is issued by the National Environmental Management of Kenya. If your business is not silent like road construction, music, using any public address system, you need this license.
5. Alcohol and Liquor License
Business selling any form of alcohol, you need to acquire this license for the operation of this business. A liquor license or permit must first be obtained by any restaurant or store that wishes to sell alcohol. Every state has its own laws regulating how alcohol can be consumed, and liquor licenses allow them to enforce those regulations by requiring regulations to be followed by bars, restaurants, and liquor stores.
6.Fire and Safety License
For big businesses that operate under a large roof, this license is mandatory for the safety of both the sellers and the clients. In such areas, you will only be issued this certificate when you have the fire safety tools in place.
7. Driving license
In a business that evolves driving like a Taxi business or bodaboda, you need a valid driving license.