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Himachal Pradesh Trade License

Himachal Pradesh Trade License

Himachal Pradesh Trade License

Trade License is one of the legal certificate/ document which grants permission to start a specific trade or business in a particular locality. The government has made it obligatory of this document to regulate the various trade activities and to ensure that there are no unethical businesses at the city level. This document is issued by the respective municipalities or licensing authority in the state of Himachal Pradesh. In this article, we review the purpose, required documents and the application procedure of obtaining Himachal Pradesh trade license in detail.

Shops & Commercial Establishment Act, 1969

The regulations under this act apply to a shop or a commercial establishment located within the limits of municipal areas in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Every employer is required to make application for Registration or Renewal of his Shop or Commercial Establishment within 30 days of commencement of business. This Act is one of the mandatory requirements of all businesses which operate from an establishment or shop. If any changes made in the closure of establishment, then it needs to be initiated to the concerned authority within 15 days.

Business Types that requires a Trade License

All commercial establishments that fall under the following categories must obtain trade license:

  • Food establishment license: Hotels, restaurants, canteen, food stall, bakeries, the sale of vegetables and meat etc.
  • Industries license: An establishment or administrative service in which persons employed or mainly engaged in factories, power looms, flour mills, cyber cafe, etc.
  • Shop license: Manufacturing, exchange or storage of any activity/commodity.

Purpose of Obtaining a Trade License

The government has made it necessary to obtain a trade license to ensure that no individual is carrying out unethical business practices and is following relevant rules, safety measures and guidelines. A licensed business protects its owners against certain types of liability. If damage or an injury occurs due to the business actions or doings, personal finances of the individual would not be at stake in any settlement. The various types of trade licenses offer different levels of protection.

List of Required Documents

The following information or documents/records are to be furnished at the time of submitting the application form for obtaining Himachal Pradesh trade license.

  • Address Proof and Identity Proof – Individual.
  • Affidavit
  • Certificate of Incorporation, MOA and AOA of the company.
  • Cancelled Cheque and Bank Statement.
  • Certificate of Incorporation, MOA and AOA of the company.
  • Legal Occupancy document proof of the establishment/unit or allotment letter of the government agency.
  • Documentary proof of establishment of trade.
  • Lease Deed of the constitution.
  • Documentary proof regarding the non-existence of unauthorised construction.
  • NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the land-owning agency.

Documents required for the renewal of a trade license:

  • Address Proof and Identity Proof
  • Original License copy
  • Old G-8 receipt
  • Application for renewal of a license

Documents required for the issue of a duplicate trade license:

  • First Information Report (FIR)
  • Indemnity Bond in the prescribed format.

Registration/ Processing Fee

The trade license fee at the following rates to be paid is tabulated below:

S.No. Trade License Type Charge/ Fee
1. The issue of New Trade License Rs. 15/-
2. Renewal of Trade License Rs. 10/-
3. The issue of Duplicate Trade License Rs. 20/-

Application Procedure for Trade License

In Himachal Pradesh, the applicants must follow the following steps to apply for the trade license by submitting the application form offline.

Step 1: Firstly, the applicant has to visit the licensing department ranging from a particular municipal limit.

Step 2: The applicant has to make a request with the executive for applying for a trade license.

Note: You can also download the application form of trade license from the official web portal of Himachal Pradesh.

Trade License application form is reproduced below for a quick reference.

Himachal Pradesh Trade License Application Form

Step 3: You have to fill the application form with appropriate details without any errors. Provide the given following information in the application form.

  • New trade license details
  • Applicant’s address details
  • Alternate owner details
  • Type of license

Step 4: You have to submit an application form in the prescribed format to the concerned operator along with all the supporting documents.

Step 5: After applying, the applicant has to attach the specified documents along with the application form. Then make the prescribed fees for the registration.

Step 6: Upon submission, the user will receive a transaction number to the registered mobile number informing the details about the successful registration. The application has to make a note on transaction ID to check the status of the application online.

Renewal of Trade License

Applicants can select the Renew License link from the official portal by clicking on its ‘Renewal’ link and can apply for the Renewal of trade license. Once the payment for the renewal is made, your application process for trade license will be completed.