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Obtaining a Trading Licence

Trading Licence applicants are required to fill in an application form and submit it to the licensing officer, advertisement for the licence is done for 21 days before the hearing date. The advertising fee is E50.00 payable at the Revenue Office of that particular region.

Requirements for obtaining a Trading licence

Companies under;

URBAN AREA

  • lease agreement/proof of ownership
  • health report
  • bank statement
  • temporary resident permit (if you are not Swazi)
  • citizenship certificate-ID and graded tax-copies- (Directors)
  • certificate of incorporation
  • memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Form J
  • Form C
  • Income Tax Clearance Certificate


PRIVATE PROPERTY OR FARM

  • Health report
  • Bank statement
  • Lease agreement/ Title Deed
  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Form J
  • Minister’s authority
  • ID Card + graded tax-copies
  • Income Tax Clearance Certificate

SWAZI NATION LAND

  • ID card + graded tax-copies (Directors)
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Health Report
  • Bank Statement
  • Lease Agreement/proof of ownership
  • King’s Consent/recommendation letter from Swazi Commercial Amadoda
  • Form J
  • Form C
  • Income Tax Clearance Certificate


Individual Business Persons under;


SWAZI NATION LAND

  • King’s Consent: Section 8 of the Trading Licences Order/Recommendation letter from Swazi Commercial Amadoda
  • Health report
  • Bank statement
  • Lease Agreement (if it is a leased business)
  • ID card + graded tax-copies
  • Income Tax Clearance Certificate


FARM OR PRIVATE PROPERTY

  • Minister’s Authority
  • Health Inspector’s report
  • Bank Statement
  • Lease Agreement/Title deed
  • ID card + graded tax-copies
  • Income Tax Clearance Certificate

URBAN AREA

  • Health Inspector’s report
  • Bank Statement
  • Temporary Resident permit/citizenship (applicable to foreigners)
  • Lease agreement/proof of ownership
  • ID card + graded tax-copies
  • Income Tax Clearance Certificate



TRADING LICENCE RENEWAL


Fundamentals for Trading Licence renewal are as follows:

  • Labour compliance certificate (certified copies)
  • Swaziland National Provident Fund compliance certificate (certified copies)
  • Resident permit
  • Citizenship certificate/khonta certificate
  • Expiring Trading Licence


LIQUOR LICENCE NEW APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

URBAN/ FARM OR PRIVATE PROPERTY

  • Board’s inspection report
  • Police Report
  • Health Report
  • Lease Agreement/Title deed
  • Plans drawn to scale indicating inside layout
  • Bank Statement
  • National Identity Card
  • Certificate of Incorporation, in the case of a company
  • Company Resolution, in the case of a company
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association, in the case of a company
  • Trading Licence, in the case of a Restaurant Liquor Licence application
  • Temporary Resident permit (non-Swazi) or proof of citizenship
  • Advert copy, in the case of a special sitting
  • Buy Liquor Act No. 30 or 1964 at the Ministry of Justice, AG’s Office


RURAL AREA

  • King’s Consent-Liquor Issue
  • Board’s inspection report
  • Police Report
  • Health Report
  • Plans drawn to scale indicating inside layout
  • Bank Statement
  • National Identity Card
  • Certificate of Incorporation, in the case of a company
  • Company Resolution, in the case of a company
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association, in the case of a company
  • Trading Licence, in the case of a Restaurant Liquor Licence application
  • Advert copy, in the case of a special sitting
  • Buy Liquor Act No. 30 or 1964 at the Ministry of Justice, AG’s Office


LIQUOR LICENCE RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Police Report
  • Health Report
  • Expiring Liquor Licence


NB:
Liquor licences are issued twice a year in May/June and also in November/December of each year.

Objection
This must be lodged with the applicant and licensing officer 5 days prior to the hearing date (within the 21 days of advertising)

Appeal
Any objector or applicant who is against the decision of the Licensing Officer may appeal within 14 days to the Honourable Minister for Commerce, Industry and Trade. The Minister will hear the appeal and after the hearing the Minister’s decision becomes final.

Trading Licence Application Form


REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS/ PROCESSES

For a person to register a company he has to engage the services of a legal Practitioner, this is in accordance to the Legal Practitioners Act of 1964, section 26 sub (10) c.

Firstly a unique company name has to be reserved in the register, this involves checking from our registers if the name is available and free for use. This is a process done over the counter at a charge fee of E20.00 (Twenty Emalangeni) payable at the revenue offices. The name shall be reserved for a period of three months. If the name chosen for the Company is free for registration, a reply in writing will be given whereupon the lawyer prepares the memorandums and articles of association which will be lodged with the offices of the Registrar of Companies. Such documents will include:

  • Memorandums and articles of association
  • Reservation Application letter and reply
  • Payment receipt for a company registration (depending on the nominal capital) Where nominal capital does not exceed E10.000 (E625.00)

does not exceed E 30.000(E925.00)
does not exceed E 50.000(E1300.00)
exceeds E50.000(E1825.00)

  • Payment receipt of E20.00 for the company name reservation
  • Form E (Notice of the Company registered office)
  • TF.42 (Application for annual company license form)
  • Directors tax clearance certificates
  • Directors Identity Documents or passports if they are non-Swazi
  • Declaration of Compliance


It will take a period of two weeks at most to register the company depending on the correctness and conformity of the lodged documents.

A Form J, a form for alterations of the members of the company will be lodged within 21days from the date of incorporation of the company, this will be the first Form J for the company.
The same process will apply to all three types of companies; Private company, Public company and None profit making companies.

All this will be prepared and submitted in accordance to the Companies Act no 8 of 2009. and any other business of the company and its file management with the Registrar of Companies shall be done in accordance with the relevant statute.

To register a company visit SEDCO

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