Licenses You Need Before Starting a Wines and Spirits Business in Kenya

Licenses You Need Before Starting a Wines and Spirits Business in Kenya

Starting a new business venture comes with its fair share of excitement and uncertainty. The thrill is arguably one of the most exciting yet stressful aspects of starting a business. But if you're planning to start your own wines and spirits business in Kenya, then you should know there's more to it than setting up shop and getting on with it.

The wines and spirits industry has been booming in the country. As a business person, you should ensure that your company is licensed to avoid getting into trouble with authorities.

One cannot be oblivious of the fact that as it gains popularity, a lot of people intend to get into the business, some using illegal channels. This makes it hard for an honest official to check every place for licenses.

Looking forward to kick-starting your wines and spirits business in Kenya? Here is a step-by-step guide on what you need and where to start.

Business Registration Certificate

This is a very crucial legal requirement to start a business in Kenya, without it you will not be able to conduct any activity.  The details on the cost depend on the size of your premises and the industry you have chosen to do business in.

You can register as a lone proprietor or as a partnership if you have two or more people. After you've completed the process, you'll receive a certificate of registration for your company, and no one will be able to legally use your company name.

Permits pertaining to food and health

Anyone wishing to start a business in this industry requires health certification. A Health Inspector will visit your place of business as required by law, and when they have inspected it, you will be certified. You'll get a receipt after you pay, and a certificate about a week later.

Certificate of Fire Safety

Currently, all establishments must be certified in fire safety. This necessitates the presence of a fire extinguisher, as well as any other fire safety regulations that a fire safety inspector may advise you on based on your business. You will be certified and given a Fire Safety Certificate following the inspection.

Business Permit from the City Council

This is a mandatory legal prerequisite for starting a business in Kenya; without it, you will be unable to operate. The cost is determined by the size of your firm and the industry you have decided to operate in.

You can contact your local government staff for pricing. They can come to your area to check the size of the room and give advice on payment. You will receive a receipt upon payment and will receive the actual certificate approximately 5-7 days later.

Key Requirements

(A). A business name that has been registered

(b). Physical location.

(c). Identification number for the business,

(d). a copy of the company's certificate of incorporation,

(e). National identification card/asylum pass/passport number/alien identification card

Also Read: How to Successfully Run a Wines and Spirits Business in Kenya

The laws and regulations that cover opening a wines and spirits business in Kenya depend on the kind of licenses you need. If you are starting one, then your full responsibility will be based on these licenses and regulations.

Every process stated above is an important one as it leads to the final step which is opening the wines and spirits business in Kenya. There are many firms that offer consulting where they help make all this possible for holders of specific business licenses.

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