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Business Licensing

Any person wishing to trade in Gibraltar, be it wholesale or retail, or to provide a service in Gibraltar must hold a valid business licence (unless the relevant business is regulated by another enactment). Find out more about the Business Licencing Authority and download copies of the licence application forms.

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Online Access to Business forms

All forms and applications relating to the licensing and registration requirements of your business with various Government departments can now be downloaded for free from our website. This includes forms for the Department of Employment, Income Tax Office, Development and Planning Commission, HM Customs and the OFT. Just visit the Business Support section.

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Business Support

The Business Support team’s aim is to assist entrepreneurs with the process of establishing their new businesses in Gibraltar. We can provide guidance about your business’s licensing and registration requirements with the OFT and other HM Government of Gibraltar Departments.

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Employment

The Department of Employment is responsible for matters pertaining to employment as provided under the Employment Act and other subsidiary employment legislation. Employment related issues are multiple and varied and consequently this is reflected in the Department’s functions.

The Department assists the registered unemployed find employment, it maintains a comprehensive employment database and ensures employment law is enforced. It also provides a general employment resource service to its various ‘client groups’ and all constitute the day-to-day functions of the Department.

Amongst its various statutory responsibilities the Department of Employment also undertakes an important function which is the due registration of all businesses, trades and professions.

With regard to this last function, the following are the requirements for registration:

Requirements for the registration of a Company under the Business Trades and Professions (Registrations) Act

Persons wishing to register a Company under the Business Trades and Professions (Registrations) Act shall submit the application for registration form duly completed together with the following supporting documentation:

• Certificate of Incorporation (Companies House);
• Particulars of Directors (either: (i) a company profile from Companies House; or (ii) a register of directors certified by an accountant, lawyer or company secretary);
• Completed Notice of Terms of Engagement for “working” Directors (Department of Employment); and
• Valid Business Licence, if required (Business Licensing Authority).

Requirements for the registration of a Business Name under the Business Trades and Professions (Registrations) Act

Persons wishing to register a Business Name under the Business Trades and Professions (Registrations) Act shall submit the application for registration and personal details Form (Passport or ID Card required) duly completed together with the following documents:

• Approval from the Income Tax Office/Department of Social Security;
• Certificate of Registration of a Business Name (Companies House);
• Valid Business Licence, if required (Business Licensing Authority); and
• Gibraltar Trading Address (recent proof of address).

Requirements for the registration of a Self-Employed Person under the Business Trades and Professions (Registrations) Act

Persons wishing to register as a Self-Employed person under the Business Trades and Profession (Registration) Act shall submit the application for registration and personal details form (Passport or ID Card required) duly completed together with the following documents:

• Approval from the Income Tax Office/Department of Social Security. Valid Business Licence, if required (Business Licensing Authority); and
• Gibraltar Trading Address (recent proof of address).

Note: All documentation together with a fee of £50 must be received prior to the processing of applications. Cheques must be made payable to “Government General Account”.

Requirements for the registration of an Employee 

The requirements for registering an employee are that the employer must be registered with the Department of Employment and that the employer must submit a Notification of Vacancy and Notice of Terms of Engagement in respect of the employee.

In the case of non-entitled workers/”working” Directors (e.g. non-E.U. nationals) an application for a Work Permit must be submitted at the same time as the Notification of Vacancy; Notice of Terms of Engagement and Passport together with a fee of £20.00.

Forms

Self Employed Persons Personal Details   Download PDF  
Application For Registration Of Business Trades And Profession Regulations 1991  Download PDF  


Contact Us:

T - 20011000
E - employment.service@gibraltar.gov.gi
W - www.employment.gov.gi

Business Licensing

Under the provisions of the Fair Trading Act 2015 (FTA), any business which carries on a trade (be it wholesale or retail) or provides a service in Gibraltar must have an appropriate business licence (unless they are otherwise regulated by other Gibraltar legislation). The Business Licensing Authority and the OFT shall be responsible for the issue, renewal and administration of business licences in Gibraltar.

Notice of intention to apply for a Business Licence.

Any person intending to apply for a new licence must, in accordance with section 73 of the Fair Trade Act, first give notice to the public of their intention to apply for a licence  by publishing two completed copies of Form No 1a Notice Of Intention to Apply for a new Business Licence:

The first publication must be made in the Gibraltar Gazette. This publication is arranged directly through the OFT at its offices in Suite 975, Europort. The fee for publishing a notice in the Gibraltar Gazette is £20. The cut-off time for publications in the weekly Gazettes published every Thursday is noon on the previous Friday.

The second publication must be made in any newspaper circulating in Gibraltar at the time. This is arranged by the applicant directly with the relevant newspaper. Prices may vary between local newspapers however these are normally in the region of £50 to £70.

Please note that publishing these notices does not constitute an application (see below).

Please also note that the notice should include up to date contact details and a mandatory postal address from Gibraltar. Postal addresses from other jurisdictions are not accepted.

Applications

Seven days after the date of the latest publication of the above-mentioned notices, the applicant may then submit to the BLA a completed Form 2a Application for a new Business Licence, accompanied by the following documentary evidence in support of applications:

1. Original or copy of the rental/tenancy agreement or lease over the premises from which the business shall be carried out (if you are applying for a premises waiver this will not be necessary, however you will be required to provide a written explanation regarding how your business can operate without a premises);
2. Original or copy of site plan in relation to the premises from which the business shall be carried out (not applicable if applying for a premises waiver);
3. A copy of the notice published in the local newspaper and the Gazette clearly showing the name of the newspaper and the date of the publication;
4. Where the applicant is trading under a different business name, an original or copy of the Certificate of Registration of Business Name; and
5. A copy of the identity card or passport of the applicant(s) or, where the applicant is a company, of the identity card or passport of the applicant's directors.

Should the premises from which the business shall be carried out require planning permission, an application to Town Planning must be submitted prior to applying for a business licence.

Forms

You will find copies of form 1a, form 2a and all other business licensing forms, along with useful guidelines and checklists here.

More Information

For more information about business licences, the application process and other relevant matters visit the 'Business Licensing' section of our website or contact us:

T - 20071700
E - business.licensing@gibraltar.gov.gi

 

Information

The OFT’s aim is to simplify the process for the establishment of new businesses in Gibraltar and provides free guidance and support to individuals or businesses that wish to start up. In particular the OFT can offers guidance about the legal registration requirements necessary before a business can start operating locally. This includes information about obtaining the relevant licence, registering with the Income Tax Office and the Department of Employment and any other related matters.

The OFT may also assist applicants by liaising with other Government departments and providing necessary information and documentation.

You can find general guidance about registering your business in Gibraltar and relevant business forms below. If you need specific help the easiest way to contact the OFT is by e-mail. Alternatively you can request assistance at the OFT's public counter or over the phone.

About us

The OFT is a statutory regulator set up by Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar to protect the interests of consumers in Gibraltar and to ensure a fair market is maintained.

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