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Ministry of Industry and Trade

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This is a special permit issued by the Government to any  person who wants to do business in the country. The Business License Act No. 25 of 1972 – Article 3(a) has clearly stated that the special permit is titled Business License. Therefore to do any business without this permit is a criminal offence.

  1. For an applicant to get a Business License, the following documents must be attached:
  • A copy of Certificate of Incorporation or Registration and Extract;
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association that will show that the company is permitted to do the business it wants, including names of owners of the company, their shares and nationality;
  • Proof of citizenship by submitting a Tanzanian passport for travelling outside the country or Travel documents for travelling within East Africa; a birth certificate or affidavit showing Tanzanian citizenship and if a non-Tanzanian, should show a Residence Permit Class A.
  • Incase all shareholders are outside the country the application must be accompanied by Power of Attorney giving   authority to a Tanzanian citizen, a foreign citizen with Residence Permit Class “A” or Work Permit under Class “B” showing that he/she is the administrator of the respective company.
  • A copy of Lease Agreement, Title Deed, Certificate of Occupancy etc.
  • Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).
  • Tax Clearance Certificate.

2. Procedures for Getting a License

  • Fill an application form (TFN 211 of 2004)
  • Attach the above documents for assessment and be told the fee to be paid.
  • For Businesses in Group A, payments will be made  through CRDB Bank, Account No. 0150413356300; name Revenue Collection Trading License – MIT;
  • Submit  the bank ‘pay in slip’ to get a valid government receipt.
Source: Government Portal Content Team, Last Reviewed on: 28-01-2016
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