All you need to know about Gumasta License

Last Updated at: Dec 01, 2020
All you need to know about Gumasta License
The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has now made it compulsory for shopkeepers to obtain a separate license from them . As per a fresh notification, activities and businesses mentioned in the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949 could not be undertaken without permission of the municipal  commissioner and any violation would attract penal provisions.  However, the traders have opposed this move. They say that shopkeepers already have  GST registration, Gumasta license and Udyog Aadhaar and any additional license will increase the compliance burden on them. 


In Maharashtra, you need a Gumasta license to set-up any commercial establishment. This state permit legalises any business within Maharashtra and is also called the Shops and Establishment Act license which is governed by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation. The need for such a license comes under the jurisdiction of the Maharashtra Shops and Establishment Act of 1948. All the shops and commercial establishments in Maharashtra uses the Gumasta license.

Why is Gumasta License important?

The Gumasta License is acquired by anyone who wishes to open a shop or commercial establishment in Maharashtra. Any citizen/employer/employee and the company can apply for the same. Furthermore, every employer who has over 20 workers under him or her, must also apply for a Gumasta License.

Benefits of Gumasta License 

Some of the benefits provided by this License are as follows:

  1. Proof that the shop or establishment you own is a legal entity 
  2. Allows you to conduct business in Maharashtra
  3. The Maharashtra Government provides several tax subsidies
  4. Works as an identity proof for Banks

get your shop & establishment license 

Documents required for Gumsta License

  • Address Proof- Electricity Bills, Rent Agreement, Sale Deed Copy, NOC from Owner, Gas or Water Bill
  • Pan Card
  • Authority letter from Mumbai Municipal Corporation 
  • Form A.
  • In case you plan to start a partnership, you must also submit the Partnership Deed and details of all the partners and their Address Proof
  • In case you have a private company, you must submit a copy of the Memorandum of Association, Article of Association, and a list of all the directors with their name and address proof
  • For charitable trusts, a copy of the Reserve Bank’s letter and a copy of the Registration Certificate must be provided.
  • Application letter in the prescribed format 

Registration of Gumasta License

  1. In case someone wants a Gumasta License, they must first apply for the same, following which an officer registers the establishment and provides a registration certificate and Labor Identification Number.
  2. However, the license obtained is only valid for one year, following which it must be renewed. But, the applicant may also apply to obtain a license for a maximum period of 10 years.
  3. A renewal application may otherwise be filled annually to extend the validity of the license. You must send the new application 30 days before the expiry of the existing certificate.
  4. A Gumasta license is also necessary in case you own or operate a tourist vehicle as it is applicable to all businesses, trades, and service-based businesses.
  5. The application for obtaining the Gumasta license may be completed online through this website
  6. Go to the Citizen Service>>Shops and Establishment>> Apply for Registration>>More
  7. From the options listed, choose the Shop and Establishment Registration option and then click on Add
  8. Fill the form that shows up with the required details and upload the relevant documents
  9. Finally, pay the fees either online or via DD and submit Challan Number
  10. Then, click on Submit, following which you must note down the UTN number you will be provided 
  11. Print out the form and all the documents
  12. To check the status of your application, log onto the website
  13. Go to Citizen Portal>>Check Status and then enter your UTN number

Tips for Inspection

  • Keep your PAN card on you at all times
  • Make sure you have enough fire extinguishers within the premises
  • Ensure the name of your business as you submit for the license. The print must be in both English and Marathi
  • Also, if you have over 10 employees, don’t forget that you need to apply for a license without fail.
  • In case there is any change in the final certificate or license you have received, you must immediately bring it to the attention of the officer in charge and get it rectified. The correction of such changes will not be entertained later, and hence, if there are valid changes, the certificate itself will become void, if not properly corrected. The inspector once told about the issue, will verify the change, and all the associated documents and then renew the license.