Requirements of starting your business in Kenya

 Having your own company is everyone’s dream but to set up a company it’s advisable you be familiar with the laws and regulations of Kenya so as to be on the safer side .. This includes registering your company which will enable you to get public procurement.

The first thing you must do is to go online to your county website and check the kind of permits required to run your business legally. It’s very important that you speak to the local city council before going ahead with registration.


the KRA Website.  will give you details on how V.A.T. taxes are charged and should be paid. You should also get advice from a lawyer about tax requirements if you are registering a company. The following are 4 steps to follow;

   1.) Business Name or Company Registration.

you can start by registering your business name, if you have a small budget and cannot be able to register a company yet. (you give a list of 3 name options for your business) this takes three days. After the check, you can register the name of your choice and it usually takes at least 5 days and costs about

You can register individually, as a sole-proprietor or if you are 2 or more people, as a partnership. After you’re done, you will get a certificate of registration for your business and nobody will be legally able to use your business name.

Another way would be to register a Company if you have a higher budget This process is done by a certified lawyer. Choose a good, reliable lawyer to handle the matter for you and it should be done in about 2 weeks.

After the lawyer is done, you should have a certificate of incorporation, you get a company seal. The lawyer can also assist you in getting a Tax PIN certificate for your business.

2.) City Council Business Permit.

It’s a legal requirement to start a business in Kenya, without it you will not be able to conduct any activity.  The details on the cost depend on the size of your premises and the industry you have chosen to do business in. You will get a receipt when you pay, and then the certificate itself after about a week.

3.) Food/ Health Related Permits.

Health permits are a necessary legal requirement for anyone looking to start a business in an industry that requires health certification such as food, bakery, beverage, salon etc. As per regulation, a Health Inspector will visit your place of business and after they have inspected your location, you will be certified. When you pay you receive a receipt and about a week later you get a certificate.

4.) Fire Safety Certificate

all businesses are required to be Fire safety certified. This requires you to have at least a fire extinguisher and any other fire safety requirements a Fire safety inspector will advise you on, based on your business. After the inspection, you will be certified and get a Fire Safety Certificate.

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