How to obtain a company operating license


Getting an operating license for a company is a complex procedure, and it is precisely for this reason that we will dedicate today's blog space to address this issue.


What you will find in this blog:

What is a company operating license?

A company's operating license is an official document issued by the responsible governmental authority, usually the municipal government or another regulatory agency, that allows the company to operate legally in a specific location and under certain conditions. This license is necessary to ensure that the company complies with local regulations, urban zoning, safety standards, public health, and other relevant requirements.

What does the company need to obtain the Company Operating License?

To obtain an operating license, a company usually needs to go through a process that may involve document submission, physical inspections of the operating location, and compliance with specific requirements. These requirements vary depending on the nature of the business, location, and local laws and regulations. Some examples of criteria that may be evaluated include:


The company's activity must align with the zoning of the area where it is located. Some zones may be designated for residential purposes only, while others permit commercial and industrial activities.


The company must meet appropriate safety standards to prevent risks to employees, customers, and the community at large. This may involve issues such as emergency exits, fire prevention, and workplace safety measures.

Health and Hygiene:

Companies dealing with food, medical products, or other health-related activities must comply with hygiene and health standards to ensure there are no risks to public health.


Some commercial activities may have environmental impacts, and companies may be required to follow specific environmental regulations to mitigate these impacts.

Industry-specific standards:

Depending on the industry in which the company operates, there may be specific regulations to comply with. For example, a restaurant may have different requirements than a chemical factory.

Payment of fees:

Generally, companies need to pay fees related to the issuance and renewal of the operating license.

It is important for companies to ensure they have the appropriate operating license before starting their operations, as the lack of this license can result in penalties, fines, or even the closure of business activities.

Which establishments need a company operating license?

The need for an operating license for a company varies according to local legislation and regulations, as well as the nature of the company's activities. However, in general, most businesses are required to obtain an operating license to operate legally. Here are some examples of types of businesses that typically need an operating license:

Industrial businesses, such as factories and production facilities, may need an operating license to ensure they comply with safety, environmental, and other requirements.

  • Food and beverage businesses;
  • Software development companies;

Who is exempt from the Company Operating License?

The Company Operating License is often exempted for small businesses or low-risk activities, such as:

  • Individual Microentrepreneurs (MEIs)



The exemption from permits and operating licenses for individual microentrepreneurs (MEIs) does not exempt them from complying with the criteria determined by governmental authorities regarding the proper operation of their activities. These criteria cover various aspects, including sanitary, environmental, tax, public safety, land use and occupancy regulations, restrictions on home-based activities, and the use of public spaces. Therefore, even if traditional permits and licenses are not required, MEIs must still ensure that their operations comply with the established requirements to ensure regular and legal operation of their activities.

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