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Trade License

A Trade License is a certificate/document that permits an applicant to initiate a particular business or trade in a specific location/area. The applicant must have attained 18 years of age and his/her venture must be legally permissible.

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It is essential for every business that carries out a trade to have a Trade License. We, ‘Vakilsearch’ help you get this registration done at the local municipality easily and simply.

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Trade License

A Trade License is nothing but a legal certificate/document issued by an authorised body (local municipality, in most cases) of the State Government. It authorises the applicant (a person or party) to start business operations in a specific location or area. The enterprise that obtains the license must adhere to the laid down rules and regulations of the authority. The trade license also affirms that the business is not practising any unethical methods that may potentially harm people living in the defined locality/area.

The application should be filed with the designated commissioner of the authority at least 30 days before starting the business. The applicant/enterprise should submit the mandatory documents during this time period.

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What Are The Benefits Of A Trade License?

Legal Entity: In order for a business to be considered as a legal entity it needs to have a trade license.

Manges Rules & Regulations: As stated by the Municipal authority in which the business is located.

A Measure of Competence: With a trade license, a business can operate in a commercial space, without fear of being shut down. This provides a display of confidence and competence, in the business and entrepreneur.

Checklist For Who Can Apply for A Trade License

When applying for a trade license, there are certain categories of people who can’t apply for a trade license.

  • Minors: A person aged below the age of 18.
  • Criminal Background: A person with a criminal record cannot apply for a trade license.
  • How Can We Help You With The Procedure For Registering Trade Registration

    Form 353: Once the type of trade license is finalized, Form 353 is duly filled with all the required details. All the above-mentioned documents are submitted to the Municipal Ward Office.

    Validity: After the application is filed, and if more information is required, authorities may demand additional details. If all the details are found to be satisfactory, the trade license is issued. The validity of the trade license is one year and it takes about 2-3 weeks to procure one, which is dispatched through a courier service.

    Non Compliance: Trade License is a mandatory requirement for every business. Hence, if any business owner fails to get one before starting a business, he or she is liable to pay a fine or may face legal repercussions.

    What Are The Documents Required to Apply for a Trade License?

    When applying for a trade license, one needs the following documents for verification;

  • Form 353 duly filled
  • A letter of consent from the owner or neighbor of business property.
  • The city survey map of the business property.
  • Tax receipts
  • A blueprint of the premises, in case, if the business deals with explosives, timber, and dangerous goods.
  • Other documents that the Municipal Ward Officer may inquire, at the time of registration.
  • What are the Documents required to renew a Trade License?

    In India, Trade License renewals take place between January 1 and March 1 of every year. While applying, a person should present the following documents for verification;

  • The original trade license
  • All tax receipts, showing up to date payments
  • Past payment challans
  • FAQs on Trade License

    How long does it take to get a trade certificate?

    The whole procedure of getting a Trade License should not take more than 15 days. At Vakilsearch, we will help you get your trade license within a span of 10 days, from the time you apply. Yes, the government has made it a mandatory requirement to renew this license every year. Failing to do so, can attract a penalty or a fine.

    Is it compulsory to renew a Trade License?

    Yes, the government has made it a mandatory requirement to renew this license every year. Failing to do so, can attract a penalty or a fine.

    Do I need a Trade License to run a restaurant?

    Yes, a Trade License is required irrespective of which line of business you are in. Any business that exchanges goods or services for money, has to have this license. In the case of a restaurant, you require a Food Establishment license.

    When can I apply for a Trade License?

    You can apply for it 30 days prior to the commencement of your business.

    What happens if my Trade License is denied?

    If for any reason you are denied a Trade License, you can submit a petition to the Standing Committee with a copy of your denial letter.

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