Trade License


It is essential for every business that carries out trade or business needs to have a trade license. You need to get this registration done at the local municipality. A trade license is valid for a year and you have to renew it after it expires.

There are 3 simple steps in applying and getting a Trade License:
  We will help you put together all the documents needed.
  We will make the application on your behalf.
  Once we have completed the above mentioned steps, that’s it, you have your trade license.

To get started, please fill up the form below so you can speak to our legal advisor on the trade license process.
Trade License
A Trade License is a legal document from the municipality that provides authorization to a person or a party to commence business operations. Trade license is given only if the business adheres to all the rules and regulations laid down by the corporation and safety authorities of the particular state.

The application has to be filed with the Commissioner in the Corporation 30 days prior to commencement of business. While filing, the business has to submit all the mandatory documents.

Who Can Apply for Trade License
Anyone can apply for a trade license except those who:

  Are under the age of 18
  have criminal records against them

There are three types of trade licenses that a company or individual can apply for based on the type of trade or business they carry out.

  This license is needed for anyone who wants to open a shop. The shop can be of any retail type.

  This type of license is needed for any company that wants to open an small or mid-sized industrial unit.

  Any establishment that plans on getting into the food and beverage industry needs this license. The license applies to restaurants, cafes, meat shops, bakeries and vegetable shops.

Documents Needed

When applying for a trade license, one need to show the following documents:

Form 353 duly filled A letter of consent from owner or neighbour The city
survey map of your property Tax receipts
A blueprint of the premises incase the business deals with explosives, timber and dangerous goods.

Other documents that the Ward Officer may demand at the time of registration.


In India, trade license renewals take place between January 1st to March 1st. While applying, a person should show the following documents:
The original trade license All tax receipts, showing up to date payments Past payment challans

Procedure for Trade Registration

Once the type of trade license is finalized, the Form 353 has to be duly filled with all the required details. All the above-mentioned documents have to be submitted to the ward office of the area’s local municipality.

After the application is filed, if more information is needed the authorities may demand for addition details. If all the details are found satisfactory, the trade license will be issued. The validity of the trade license is one year and it takes about 2-3 weeks to procure one. It will be sent through courier.

Trade license is the mandatory license 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 repercussion.

Why Startupclues?


Just tell us a few details about your business and submit the documents and we’ll begin the process. Within 20 working days, you’ll be ready to operate as a private limited company – without leaving home


We make your interaction with government as smooth as is possible by doing all the paperwork for you. We will also give you absolute clarity on the process to set realistic expectations


We make your interaction with government as smooth as is possible by doing all the paperwork for you. We will also give you absolute clarity on the process to set realistic expectations

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