Business License Malaysia

Having a valid business license is essential for starting a business in Malaysia, as it signifies compliance with regulatory standards set forth by various governmental bodies, ensuring that the business meets legal requirements for operations. These licenses encompass a broad spectrum of permissions, including registrations with relevant authorities, specific permits for activities or industries, and approvals that validate the business’s adherence to safety, health, and environmental regulations.

Before commencing operations, businesses in Malaysia must adhere to licensing requirements, which may be general, industry-specific, or activity-specific. These licenses, mandated by legislation, are administered by governmental agencies, statutory bodies, and local authorities, encompassing registrations, approvals, licenses, and permits.

How to Apply Business License in Malaysia

Applying for a business license in Malaysia involves several procedural steps and administrative tasks, which generally include the following :

  • Determine the Type of License Needed
  • Prepare Required Documents
  • Visit the Relevant Authorities
  • Complete the Application Form
  • Submit the Application
  • Pay Fees
  • Application Processing
  • Receive Approval
  • Renewal and Compliance

Document to Prepare Before Applying for Malaysia Business Licenses

Requirements may differ slightly according to the category of license you’re applying for, the documents you will need to obtain a business license in Malaysia include the following :

  • Copy of your identity card/passport.
  • Passport-sized photograph.
  • Copy of your rental/tenancy agreement or sale and purchase agreement.
  • Photographs of your business premise.
  • Photographs of the intended location for your company’s signboard (applicable to the Signboard License). You will also need to provide samples indicating the colour and the design of your intended signboard.

Types of Business Permise License

Some example of the most common and straightforward business premise licenses in Malaysia.

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