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the official resource for business licenses in Singapore

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There are many different licenses you may need in Singapore, depending on your activity. Here is a common one:

  • Business License: If you plan to start a business in Singapore, you will need a business license. The type of license you need will depend on the nature of your business. You can apply for a business license online through the GoBusiness Licensing portal.

For more information on licenses in Singapore, you can visit the GoBusiness website.

Licensing - About Business Licences

In Singapore, most businesses require licenses and permits to operate legally. The specific license you need depends on your business activity, and there are several resources to help you navigate this process:

  • This is your one-stop shop for business licenses in Singapore

  • Use the "Browse all licences" section to explore licenses categorized by the issuing government agency. For instance, licenses related to food might be issued by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

  • Need a targeted search? Use "Find a license by agency" if you know the relevant authority (e.g., Singapore Food Agency for food businesses).

  • "Licence guides" offer detailed information on application, renewal, and management of various licenses.

If you're unsure which licenses you need, you can browse the list of e-Advisers for licenses on the GoBusiness website. These advisors can help recommend the appropriate licenses for your business type.

Here's some additional information you might find helpful:

  • License application process: The application process typically involves submitting an application form, relevant documents, and paying any required fees. You can find specific details on the GoBusiness Licensing Portal.

  • Processing time: Generally, it takes between two weeks to two months to obtain a business license, depending on the complexity of your application.

Remember, it's always best to check with the relevant government agency or consult with a professional if you have any doubts about the licenses required for your business in Singapore. GoBusiness is a valuable resource for navigating business licenses in Singapore.

All Licences

It's not possible to list all Singapore business licenses here as there are many, but I can point you in the right direction to find them!

Singapore Food Agency (SFA)

The Singapore government uses a centralized portal called GoBusiness Licensing for most business licenses and permits:

Here's how you can find all the licenses on the GoBusiness portal:

  • Browse all licenses: This section allows you to explore all the licenses categorized by the issuing government agency. For example, licenses related to food might be issued by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

  • Find a license by agency: If you already know the relevant agency for your business activity, you can use this section to target your search for the specific license.

Additionally, the portal offers "Licence guides" which provide detailed information on applying for, renewing, and managing various licenses.

Remember, the specific licenses you need will depend on your unique business activity. If you're unsure which licenses apply to you, the GoBusiness portal also offers a list of e-Advisers who can provide recommendations based on your business type.

Apply for New Licence

The process for applying for a new business license in Singapore generally involves these steps:

  • Identify Required Licenses:

    • Head to the GoBusiness Licensing Portal:

    • Explore all licenses or search by agency depending on your industry.

    • If unsure, browse the e-Adviser list for recommendations based on your business type.

  • Gather Necessary Documents:

    • The specific documents required will vary depending on the license(s) you need.

    • The GoBusiness portal usually outlines required documents within the license information.

    • Common documents may include your business registration details, identification documents, and any relevant permits or certifications.

  • Complete the Application Form:

    • The GoBusiness portal likely offers online application forms for most licenses.

    • Ensure you have all the required information readily available before starting the application.

  • Submit the Application and Pay Fees:

    • Once you've completed the application and gathered documents, submit it electronically through the GoBusiness portal.

    • The portal will also specify the applicable license fees which can be paid online using eNETS, credit card, or debit card.

  • Processing and Approval:

    • Processing timelines typically range from two weeks to two months depending on the license complexity.

    • The relevant government agency will review your application and may contact you for any clarifications.

Here are some additional resources that might be helpful:

  • GoBusiness Licensing Portal - How to Apply: This section provides a general overview of the application process

  • Licence Guides: The GoBusiness portal offers detailed guides for specific licenses which may include application instructions

Remember, it's always recommended to consult with a professional like Bestar if you have any complexities or require further guidance during the application process.

How Bestar can Help

Bestar can assist you with obtaining business licenses in Singapore in several ways:

  • Advise on which licenses you need: We can help you navigate the complexities of Singapore's business licensing system and determine which licenses are mandatory for your specific business activity.

  • Assist with the application process: Completing the necessary forms and gathering required documents can be time-consuming. Bestar can help streamline this process by ensuring you have everything in order.

  • Stay updated on licensing requirements: Regulations can change, and Bestar can keep you informed of any updates that might impact your business licenses.

  • Ensure compliance: Complying with licensing regulations is crucial for avoiding penalties. Bestar can help you ensure your business meets all compliance requirements.

  • Navigate communication with government agencies: The licensing process may involve communication with various government agencies. Bestar can help facilitate this communication and ensure it runs smoothly.

By providing these services, Bestar can save you time, effort, and potentially avoid complications during the business licensing process in Singapore.

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