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Licensing | Bestar
Licensing | Bestar


The type of license you need in Hong Kong depends on what you're being licensed for. Here's a breakdown of the two most common categories:

  • Business Licenses: Luckily, Hong Kong has a fairly simple business licensing process. Most businesses only need to register with the Companies Registry before applying for a specific license.

  • Other Licenses: There are many other licenses you might need in Hong Kong, depending on your activity. This could include things like a liquor license, or a license to operate a hotel. The Hong Kong government provides a helpful overview of the process here: on their website. You can also find information about specific licenses by contacting the relevant government department.

Here are some additional resources that you might find helpful:

  • Office of the Licensing Authority: This website provides information on various licenses issued by the Licensing Authority, including entertainment licenses and hotel/guesthouse licenses here.

Licence Application

The process for applying for a licence in Hong Kong depends on the specific licence you need. However, here's a general guide to get you started:

1. Identify the Licence:

  • First, figure out the exact licence you require. This could be a business licence, liquor licence, etc.

2. Research Requirements:

  • Search the Hong Kong government website using keywords related to your licence type.

3. Application Process:

  • Many licences can be applied for in person, by mail, or through drop-in boxes.

  • Check the specific government department website for their preferred application method.

4. Application Forms:

  • You can usually download application forms from the relevant government department website.

5. Additional Documents:

  • Besides the application form, licences often require supporting documents like proof of identity, residency, or qualifications.

6. Fees:

  • There are usually fees associated with licence applications. Check the government website for details.

Additional Tips:

  • For complex licence applications, you may want to consider using a licencing consultant.

Remember, this is a general guide. Always refer to the specific government department website for the most up-to-date information on applying for your chosen licence in Hong Kong.


Licence Services

The Hong Kong government offers various licence services depending on your needs. Here's how to find the relevant information:

1. Online Licence Services:

  • Visit the dedicated website for online licence services: Hong Kong Online Licence Services.

  • This website allows you to apply for and manage certain licences online, potentially saving you time and effort.

2. Specific Licences:

  • If you know the specific licence you need (e.g., business licence, liquor licence), search the Hong Kong government website using relevant keywords.

  • This will lead you to the relevant government department's webpage detailing the application process, forms, and fees.

3. Helpdesk:

  • If you're unsure which licence you need or have general enquiries, contact the government's 24-hour Helpdesk:

  • Phone: (852) 183 5500


  • The application process can vary depending on the licence type.

  • Always refer to the specific government department website for the most current information.


How Bestar can Help

Bestar provides business support services beyond just accounting. Here's what Bestar can help with Hong Kong licensing:

  • Understanding Licence Requirements: Familiar with Hong Kong regulations, Bestar is able to advise you on the specific licence requirements for your business activity.

  • Completing Licence Applications: Bestar offers business registration and licensing assistance. We help complete the application forms and ensure all necessary documentation is included.

  • Liaising with Government Departments: In some cases, Bestar may liaise with government departments on your behalf to clarify requirements or expedite the application process.

Contact Bestar. Visit our website or call us to inquire about our specific licensing services. Explain Your Needs. Clearly explain the type of licence you need and your business activity. This will help us determine how we can best assist you.

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