Trade License Registration

A trade license is a document or certificate that allows the applicant to commence a particular trade or business in a specific area or location. The holder of the trade license cannot use it for any other work or business.

A business within a state, corporation, or municipality will require trade license registration from the concerned central or state government to commence with any business in a particular area or location. To obtain registration, the applicant must first understand the jurisdiction under which they are operating the business and the applicable Act.

The trade registration application must be made within 30 days of starting to commence a business. Trade license is usually issued within 7-15 days on the submission of the application. The application for grant or renewal of the license will be made to the commissioner in the corporation in the case of most of the states.

Eligibility for a Trade license

  • The applicant must have crossed 18 years.
  • The applicant should not have any criminal record.
  • The type of business must be legally permissible.

Documents required for obtaining Trade license registration

To apply for a trade license, the applicant must make an application and submit the following documents to the concerned municipal authorities.

  • Application in the prescribed form]
  • PAN Card along with the incorporation certificate if the applicant is any firm, LLP, or company.
  • Aadhar is mandatory in the case of an individual applicant.
  • Latest Municipality property tax payment receipt
  • Lease documents or consent letters from the owner of the property.
  • NOC from an immediate neighbor
  • A certified layout plan of your trade building showing the business
  • Katha extracts
  • Katha Certificate
  • Sanction plan
  • Occupancy certificate

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Who issues the Trade License?

The trade license is issued by the various departments of the municipal corporations like industries, engineering, health, etc.

The government of India authorizes the licenses in a manner to regulate in cities across the country. The license issuance differs from state to state depending on the local government agencies (Municipals) rules and regulations.

Different categories of trade license

  • Industries license: Small, medium, and large scale manufacturing factories.
  • Shop License: Dangerous and offensive trades like a sale of firewood, cracker manufacturer, candle manufacturer, barber shop, dhobi shop, etc.
  • Food establishment license: Restaurants, hotels, food stalls, canteen, the sale of meat and vegetables, bakeries, etc.

Important aspects related to Trade License

  • 1

    Gumasta License

    Trade license is referred to as Gumasta License in the state of Maharashtra. Trade Licenses are known by different names in the other parts of the country.

  • 2


    Trade License registration application must be made to the concerned state government or corporation, or municipality. The procedure for the application would differ based on the state regulations.

  • 3


    In some states, the trade license is issued only in person after the verification from the concerned authorities.

  • 4

    Processing Time

    It takes around 10-15 days, subject to government processing time. This certificate can be downloaded online after approval.

  • 5


    Trade licenses are issued with a validity of 1 year in most states. Trade licenses can be renewed at the end of each year by paying the renewal fee.


There are various provisions, rules, and regulations required to be followed by a registered person if he fails to comply with the registration requirements of the trade license and commencing any trade activity before the issuance of this license.

Further, legal action can also be taken against the defaulter.

IndiaFilings can help you obtain a trade license for your business. Get in touch with an IndiaFilings Advisor to know more about the rules and regulations applicable for your business and begin the process of applying for a trade license.

Trade License Registration in State

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Last updated: May 25, 2022


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