Do you think the government hates hawkers? No, it doesn’t have hawkers. Then why does the county government engage them in a chase game all the time? The answer is simple; the hawkers do not have a license or permit to operate.
This brings us to the topic on the cost of a single business permit in Kenya. If you want to operate peacefully in any part of Kenya without trouble with the county officers, then you should ensure that your business has a single business permit.
Could the cost of a single business permit in Kenya be too expensive? We will find that out in a few.
A single business permit is important in ensuring that a business complies with the established rules for that specific type of business. The procedure for obtaining a business permit is the same but the cost might vary depending on the size, type, and location of the business.
Requirements to apply for single a single business permit
Individuals who intend to obtain a new business permit should go to the ward office and obtain a BR-1 form.
- Fill the form and give it back to the ward licensing officer.
- The officer pays your business a visit within 1-3 days to verify the business.
- The information obtained by the inspection team determines the fees to charge for the permit.
- The BR-1 form is then stamped and you are referred to the main office, City Hall
- The form is approved and the data entered in the Sbps database.
- This is followed by the generation of an invoice bill and payment is made to the cash office.
- The business permit is signed and you are advised to collect it from the dispatch office.
Cost of a single business permit in Kenya
- Application fee – Kshs. 200
- Large trader (21-50 employees) – KShs. 20,000
- Medium Trader (5-20 employees) – Kshs. 10,000
Before applying for a business permit, it is important to first register your business to ensure you already have a business ID number, an address, and a business name.
- Copy of certificate of incorporation
- Proof of business ownership
- National ID/ Passport No
- Once you have registered your company or business, secured a business name, and obtained the necessary documentation, you can apply for a business certificate/permit at any county government offices in Kenya.
- The business permit is obtained from the county government in whose jurisdiction it operates.
- There are fees charged for registering a business but which vary depending on the number of employees or size of the establishment
- The business permit is renewed annually
- Business Name
- Personal ID name
- Land zone and plot number
- Number of employees
- Business physical address
- Postal Address of the Business
- Activity code for the business
- Details of whoever is obtaining the permit
Why you need a single business permit in Kenya
A Single business permit (Sbp) is required for the smooth operation of any business in Kenya. It ensures that a business complies with the established rules for that specific type of business.
The procedure for obtaining a business permit is the same but the cost might vary depending on the size, type, and location of the business. The permit will also come in handy when acquiring a loan and applying for government Tenders.