Most companies in India, such as shops, restaurants, cafés, eateries, and so on, are now controlled and supervised by the terms of the Shop and Establishment Act, and hence must get a Shop and Establishment License. However, it is important to remember that it is governed by state legislation, and the laws and regulations differ from one state to the next. Furthermore, this legislation intends to provide suitable and adequate working conditions for hired employees and protect their earnings, vacations, and other important rights.

A Certificate or License awarded to a business, profession, or trade registered under the terms of the Shop and Establishment Act is referred to as a "Shop and Establishment License." It's also worth noting that the Department of Labor is in charge of enforcing and enforcing all of the Act's rules and regulations.

Furthermore, this Department not only oversees the operations of commercial facilities, but also charity trusts, educational institutions, organizations, and other establishments such as insurance firms, banks, stock exchanges, and share brokerages.


"Shop" refers to any location where items or goods are sold, whether wholesale or retail or where clients are provided with services. It is made up of an office, a godown, a workstation, or a storeroom, whether in the same location or not, that is utilized in connection with a business or trade.

"Commercial Established" refers to any place where any business, work, or trade is carried on, including societies, charitable or other trusts, printing establishments, and auditor establishments, educational institutes, places where banking, shares, and insurance stocks, brokerage, eating houses, clubs, theatres, and other places of public amusement or entertainment are carried on.

The State Shop and Establishment Act governs the registration of shops and establishments. The same is true when opening a shop, a hotel, a restaurant, or any other type of business. Furthermore, any new business or institution must be registered under the Shops and Establishment Act.

Additionally, this license must be obtained within 30 days after commencing work. Finally, a Shop Establishment License has a one-year validity period and may be renewed every year. The laws and regulations governing renewal, however, differ from one state to the next. Understand the distinctions between a trade license, a shop license, and an establishment license.


The following are the requirements for acquiring a shop and establishment license:

1. Both the employer and manager’s name.

2. The specified establishment's postal address.

3. The name of the business.

4. Restaurants, amusement parks, hotels, and other types of establishments fall under this category.

5. The total number of personnel on the job.


The following is the procedure for acquiring a Shop and Establishment License:

1. Download the application form – The first and most important step is to get a registration application form from the official website of the state where the business or establishment is located.

2. Fill in all the required information - The following step is for the business owner to fill out all of the essential information. The following are examples of required details:

  • The Proposed Shop and Establishment's Name
  • Employer's name and contact information
  • Names and contact information for all employees on the job at the moment
  • Proof of the Registered Establishment's address, as well as the NOC (No-Objection Certificate) or the Rent Agreement, if the premises are rented.
  • Information about the employer's PAN card.

3. Submit the application form - Once the owner or employer has completed all of the essential facts precisely, the next step is to send the application form to either the Inspector in charge of the Chief Inspector of the Shop and Establishment Act, together with the stipulated fee.

4. Verification of the submitted application –The application, as well as all of the supporting papers, will be vetted and scrutinized by higher authorities when it is filed.

5. Issuance of License – If all of the documentation presented with the applications comply with the provisions of the act, the proposed shop or business will be awarded a certificate of registration.


The following documents are necessary for registration under the Shop and Establishment Act:

1. Aadhar Card, PAN (Permanent Account Number) Card, Driving License, and Voter ID of employer for identification verification.

2. Passport size photograph of the employer.

3. Photograph of the business or shop.

4. In the event of rented property, a copy of the Rent Agreement or Lease Deed is necessary.

5. Any Utility Bill, such as an Electricity Bill or a Water Tax Receipt for the business. However, the utility bill should not be older than two months.

Other documents required depending on the type of business, facility, or business:

1. A list of the number of Trustees in the case of a Trust.

2. Memorandum of Association (MOA).

3. A list of the number of members and the Chairman in the case of a Co-operative Society.

4. Partnership deed containing all pertinent information such as the firm's name, the names, and signatures of all partners, as well as each partner's share proportion.

5. A copy of the RBI's approval (Reserve Bank of India).

6. A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation (COI) issued under the Companies Act, 2013.

7. A copy of the COR (Certificate of Registration) granted by the Charity Commissioner.

8. A Resolution showing the list of Designated Directors.

9. A resolution approving the start of the society's functioning.

10. RTO Transportation Permit.

11. FSSAI license.

12. Drug license

13. A copy of the collector's permission.

14. NOC (No-Objection Certificate) issued by the Police Department for the opening of a Cybercafe.

15. IEC (Import Export Code) certificate.

16. NOC (No-Objection Certificate) issued by the Municipal Corporation for the opening of a Flour and Masala Mill.

17. Excise License required for the opening of a beer bar, restaurant, or wine shop.

18. The SEBI (Securities Exchange Board of India) has granted a certificate to the Share Broke.

19. The Police Department approved a license for the establishment of Security Services.


The Advantages of the shop and establishment license are as follow:

1. The legal recognition of a business or establishment is provided by a shop license.

2. It serves as a prerequisite for further registrations.

3. This license serves as evidence of business. As a result, it aids in the acquisition of extra registrations in India.

4. Furthermore, without a Shop and Establishment License, shops are unable to open a bank account. As a result, to create a bank account in the name of a store or establishment, a Shop and Establishment License is required.

5. A shop license aids in the raising of funds for a prospective company venture through venture capital or loans.


So, to make your business lawful and reputable, you must obtain a Shop and Establishment Act license. You will remain compliant and be able to manage your business more simply as a result of this registration.