Register New Business

Commercial licenses are issued in accordance to the Somaliland Trade Regulations and/or the Commercial Laws of the country. Tariffs for registrations and licenses vary as per the types and categories of the businesses and ownerships, such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, national, foreigner, joint ventures and the business types as well. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism issues licenses of all business categories but there are particular businesses (Both product and service licenses) which respective/line ministries approve, register and then refer them to the Ministry of Commerce, and there are  licenses of certain services/dealings or products (sectoral) including health, education, fishery, constructions, minerals, energy, law firms etc. Somaliland Government is working to institute One-stop-shop Service for new business registrations, and licensing to address the challenges, and ease the process for starting business and making investment. Only registered entities/firms can file suits or make claims as per the trade regulations.

Procedure for registration of new business and obtaining license as follows:

  • Verify the name you selected is exclusive to your business at the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce will verify the business name in their database, and if it is not, then exclusive name can be jointly agreed at once;
  • Complete Application Form (Available at the Chamber Office), and sign it;
  • Two passport size recent photos of the business owner;
  • Copy of Somaliland National Identity Card of the business owner;
  • Registration fee of SL Shillings 200,000;
  • The Chamber of Commerce Membership Certificate will be issued for your business;
  • Renewal fee of the Chamber Certificate is SL Shillings 200,000;
  • An authorized person can register for other owner. You can get this done, simply by authorizing someone to do this for you on your behalf;
  • This process will take one day;
  • Application letter for type of license (Stating name, and type of your business) to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism;
  • Original copy of the Chamber of Commerce Membership Certificate;
  • Two passport size recent photos;
  • Copy of Somaliland National ID;
  • Receipt of the respective license tax to the Inland Revenue Department of the Ministry of Finance Development, (Check tariffs and categories for business licenses);
  • A business license valid for one year will be issued for your business;
  • This process may take few days, less than a week.
  • Verify the name you selected is exclusive to your business at the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce will verify the business name in their database, and if it is not, then exclusive name can be jointly agreed at once;
  • Complete application Form (Available at the Chamber Office), and sign it;
  • One passport size recent photo of the company chairman;
  • Copy of Somaliland National Identity Card of the chairman;
  • Articles of Association of the company (English and Somali versions) approved by authorized Public Notary;
  • Registration fee of SL Shillings 400,000;
  • The Chamber of Commerce Membership Certificate will be issued for your business;
  • Annual renewal fee of this certificate is SL Shillings 400,000;
  • This process may take one day or two days.
  • Application letter for type of license (Stating name and type of your business) to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Tourism;
  • Articles of Association of the Company (English and Somali versions) stating company name, address, shares and shareholders, and other articles in accordance with the Somaliland Commercial Code;
  • Statement for the partnership, and shares allotted issued and signed by Notary Public;
  • Copies of Somaliland National Identity Cards (For Nationals), and Passport for foreigners, and two passport size photos of each member;
  • Statement of registration signed by the Attorney General;
  • List of the Fixed Assets (If any);
  • Receipt of the respective license tax to the Inland Revenue Department of the Ministry of Finance Development, (Check tariffs and categories for business licenses);
  • Tax clearance certificate will be issued by the Inland Revenue Department;
  • A business license valid for one year will be issued for your business;
  • The whole process may take few days, less than a week.
Diaspora Registration

Become A Member Of Somaliland Diaspora Agency, and register