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Applying Business Licence in Hong Kong




Applying Business Licence in Hong Kong


Obtaining a business license in Hong Kong involves several steps, but fortunately, it's known for being a relatively straightforward process. Here's a breakdown of the key points:


1. Determine if you need a license:


  • Not all businesses in Hong Kong require a specific license. You can use the Business Licence Information Service (BLIS) on the government website to check if your intended business activity necessitates a license and which department issues it:


2. Register your business:


  • Before applying for a license, your business needs to be registered with the Companies Registry. You can do this online through their e-Services portal.


3. Apply for the license:


  • Once you know the required license and the issuing department, you can find the application details and procedures on the relevant department's website or through the GovHK website.

  • Many departments offer online applications, making the process more convenient.


4. Prepare the required documents:


  • The specific documents required will vary depending on the type of license and the department issuing it. However, they typically include:

  • Business registration certificate

  • Company documents (e.g., Articles of Association)

  • Proof of business premises (e.g., lease agreement)

  • Identification documents for directors and owners

  • Payment for the application fee


5. Submit your application:


  • You can submit your application online, by mail, or in person, depending on the department's procedures.


6. Wait for approval and inspection (if applicable):


  • Processing times can vary, typically taking 2 to 8 weeks. Some licenses may require an inspection of your business premises.


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Seeking professional help:


While applying for a license on your own is possible, it's advisable to consider seeking assistance from a professional services firm specializing in business setup in Hong Kong. They can help you navigate the process, ensure your application is complete, and save you time and resources.


How Bestar can Help

Applying Business Licence in Hong Kong


Bestar, a professional services firm, can assist you with applying for a business license in Hong Kong in several ways:


Expertise and Guidance:


  • Understanding your needs: Bestar can help you determine if you need a license in the first place. They understand the various business activities and their corresponding licensing requirements in Hong Kong.

  • Choosing the right license: Based on your business nature, Bestar can guide you towards the specific license you need to apply for and the department responsible for issuing it.

  • Navigating the process: We are familiar with the entire application process, including the required documents, forms, and potential complexities. We can guide you through each step and ensure you complete everything correctly.


Streamlining the process:


  • Document preparation: Bestar can assist in gathering and preparing all the necessary documents needed for your application, saving you time and ensuring accuracy.

  • Application submission: We can handle the submission of your application on your behalf, either online, by mail, or in person, depending on the department's procedures.

  • Communication and follow-up: Bestar can communicate with the relevant authorities on your behalf to track the progress of your application and address any inquiries or potential issues that may arise.


Additional benefits:


  • Time-saving: By handling the complexities of the process, Bestar helps you save valuable time that you can focus on other aspects of your business setup.

  • Reduced risk of errors: Our expertise can help minimize the risk of errors in your application, which could lead to delays or even rejection.

  • Peace of mind: Knowing that experienced professionals are handling the process can give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on other important matters.

While it's possible to apply for a business license yourself, Bestar's professional services can provide valuable benefits, especially if you are unfamiliar with the Hong Kong licensing system or have a complex business setup. Ultimately, the decision to engage our services depends on your specific needs and comfort level with navigating the process independently.


Contact Bestar today!

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