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Business License

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Hong Kong Business Consulting and Support Specialist

Business License

A business license in Hong Kong is a permit that is required by law for certain types of businesses to operate. The type of business license that is required will vary depending on the specific industry and activities of the business.

Here are some of the most common business licenses in Hong Kong:

  • Restaurant license

  • Liquor license

  • Import and export license

  • Money service operator license

  • Telecommunications license

  • Environmental permit

  • Food factory license

  • Travel agency license

  • Estate agent license

  • Insurance brokerage license

  • Securities brokerage license

To apply for a business license in Hong Kong, you will need to submit an application to the relevant government department or agency. The application process will vary depending on the type of license that you are applying for, but it will typically involve providing information about your business, such as the business name, address, and activities. You may also need to provide supporting documentation, such as a copy of your business registration certificate and a business plan.

The cost of a business license in Hong Kong will also vary depending on the type of license. Some licenses are free to apply for, while others have a fee.

Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed by the relevant government department or agency. If your application is successful, you will be issued a business license.

It is important to note that some businesses may require multiple licenses to operate. For example, a restaurant may need a restaurant license, a liquor license, and a food factory license.

If you are unsure whether or not your business requires a license, or which types of licenses you need, you can contact the Business Registration Office of the Hong Kong Government.\

To start the Business Licence Information Service search, please click here.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind about business licenses in Hong Kong:

  • Business licenses are typically valid for one year. You will need to renew your license each year by paying the renewal fee and submitting the required documentation.

  • If you fail to renew your business license, you may be subject to a fine.

  • If you operate a business without the required license, you may be subject to a fine or even imprisonment.

It is important to comply with all business licensing requirements in Hong Kong. This will help to ensure that your business is operating legally and that you are protected from legal penalties.

Business Licenses

Bestar can provide you with consultancy services to assist you in obtaining the licenses and permits required for your business. Our experienced staff are familiar with the nuances of various industries in Hong Kong and have assisted several companies in applying for the required business licenses.

Our business license services include:

  • Researching information about applicable licenses

  • Assisting in submitting relevant license applications

  • Responding to government requests for more information

We can assist in obtaining business licenses and permits for some industries, especially education, recruitment, tourism and more.

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