• Business Licensing
  • Online Access to Business forms
  • Business Support

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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*COVID-19 - Measures to Increase Social Distancing

Further to HM Government of Gibraltar’s policy to increase social distancing and slow the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19, the following measures have been put in place by the Office of Fair Trading.

The OFT remains committed to providing the best possible service to the public despite these measures. We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

For specific COVID-19 news and guidance please see below or refer to our News section*

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is a regulator set up by Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar. It was established on 7th October 2015 and forms part of the Ministry of Business, Tourism and Transport.

The OFT’s legal framework is enshrined within the Fair Trading Act 2015 and its subsidiary legislation. Its primary objectives are:

  1. to protect the interests of consumers and prevent harmful business practices;
  2. to ensure a fair market is maintained for all businesses in Gibraltar;
  3. to license and regulate Gibraltar businesses;
  4. to facilitate the establishment of new businesses in Gibraltar; and
  5. to prevent the laundering of illicit funds using high value dealers and real estate agents.

It shall meet these objectives by:

  1. encouraging businesses to comply with consumer law;
  2. by investigating and reviewing business practices which may harm consumer interests;
  3. by undertaking efficient licensing, regulatory and investigatory work; and
  4. by issuing information and educational guidance.

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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