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Business Licensing

Any person wishing to trade in Gibraltar, be it wholesale or retail, or to provide a service in Gibraltar must hold a valid business licence (unless the relevant business is regulated by another enactment). Find out more about the Business Licencing Authority and download copies of the licence application forms.

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Online Access to Business forms

All forms and applications relating to the licensing and registration requirements of your business with various Government departments can now be downloaded for free from our website. This includes forms for the Department of Employment, Income Tax Office, Development and Planning Commission, HM Customs and the OFT. Just visit the Business Support section.

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Business Support

The Business Support team’s aim is to assist entrepreneurs with the process of establishing their new businesses in Gibraltar. We can provide guidance about your business’s licensing and registration requirements with the OFT and other HM Government of Gibraltar Departments.

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Complaints

The OFT is committed to providing the best possible service to the public. If you feel that the OFT has failed to provide you with a good service however you are entitled to make a formal complaint using our complaints procedure.

If after following this process you are unsatisfied with the OFT's response you may submit a complaint to the Public Services Ombudsman.

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Gibraltar Business Nurturing Scheme

The Business Support team also collects the applications for Gibraltar Business Nurturing Scheme loans on behalf of the Ministry of Commerce.

The scheme has been established by HM Government to financially support the development and progression of new business start-ups in Gibraltar. A total amount of £250,000 has been set aside for the purpose of the Gibraltar Business Nurturing Scheme. Applicants may request up to a maximum of £25,000 in the form of a loan, for the commencement of a new business or the expansion of an existing one. Applications to the scheme are assessed on a points-based system by a committee.

GBNS Application Form

GBNS Information Sheet

For more information on the Gibraltar Business Nurturing Scheme please contact the Business Support team at the Office of Fair Trading.

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OFT Enforcement powers

The Fair Trading Act 2015 (the Act) endows the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) with powers to carry out its regulatory functions and meet its objectives.
 

Consumer Protection Enforcers (CPE)

The main role of the CPEs is the protection of consumer interests and to ensure that all businesses comply with this legislation. CPEs will visit local traders to review their business practices, inspect weighing and measuring equipment used for trade and check business licences to ensure they are in place and up to date.

They will also monitor and check advertisements for accuracy, inspect and test goods for safety, ensure that no person is selling goods to consumers without a business licence and investigate matters and behaviour of business practices in Gibraltar that the Office of Fair Trading consider to be significantly harming consumers in Gibraltar.

The CP Enforcers’ powers include investigatory powers, the ability to enter into business premises with a warrant and the retention of documents.
 

The OFT Commission

The Commission is the quasi-judicial body of the Office of Fair Trading. If as a result of complaints received by the OFT or as a result of its own investigations there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that any feature, or combination of features, of a market in Gibraltar for goods or services is or appears to be significantly harming consumer interests the OFT may make a reference to the Commission.

Where, following a reference and any subsequent investigation carried out by the Commission, the Commission finds that the person named in the Reference has engaged in conduct which significantly harms consumer interests, the Commission may make an enforcement order against that person. The order would require the person to cease that conduct and may also require the person to issue a corrective statement or to provide proof of compliance. Compliance with an enforcement order shall be enforceable by civil proceedings.

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Business Support

  • Information

    The Business Support team’s aim is to simplify the process for the establishment of new businesses in Gibraltar. The team provides free guidance and support to individuals or businesses that wish to start up a business entity in Gibraltar. In particular the team focusses on providing guidance about the legal registration requirements necessary before a business can start operating locally. This includes information about obtaining the relevant licence, registering with the Income Tax Office and the Department of Employment and any other related matters.

    The Business Support may also assist applicants by liaising with other Government departments and providing the necessary forms in relation to town planning, development and environment permits, employment registration, registration for business licensing and registration for tax and social insurance.

    You can find general guidance about registering your business in Gibraltar and relevant business forms below. If you need specific help the easiest way to contact the team is by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively you can request assistance at the OFT's public counter or over the phone.

  •  Business Licensing

    Under the provisions of the Fair Trading Act 2015 (FTA), any business which carries on a trade (be it wholesale or retail) or provides a service in Gibraltar must have an appropriate business licence (unless they are otherwise regulated by other Gibraltar legislation). The Business Licensing Authority shall be responsible for the issue, renewal and administration of business licences in Gibraltar.

    Notice of intention to apply for a Business Licence.

    Any person who intends to apply for a licence shall be required to give notice, under Section 73 of the FTA. A notice of intention shall be Form 1a and shall be published in the Gazette and in at least one newspaper circulating in Gibraltar, not less than seven days before the application for the licence is made.

    Application for a new Business Licence

    Once a notice of intention has been completed and published, the applicant shall complete the application Form 2a and shall submit the said form and all relevant supporting information to the BLA.

    Forms

    You will find copies of form 1a, form 2a and all other business licensing forms, along with useful guidelines and checklists here.

    More Information

    For more information about business licences, the application process and other relevant matters visit the 'Licensing' section of our website or contact us:

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  •  Department of Employment

    The Department of Employment is responsible for matters pertaining to employment as provided under the Employment Act and other subsidiary employment legislation. Employment related issues are multiple and varied and consequently this is reflected in the Department’s functions.

    The Department assists the registered unemployed find employment, it maintains a comprehensive employment database and ensures employment law is enforced. It also provides a general employment resource service to its various ‘client groups’ and all constitute the day-to-day functions of the Department.

    Amongst its various statutory responsibilities the Department of Employment also undertakes an important function which is the due registration of all businesses, trades and professions.

    With regard to this last function, the following are the requirements for registration:

    Requirements for the registration of a Company under the Business Trades and Professions (Registrations) Act

    Persons wishing to register a Company under the Business Trades and Professions (Registrations) Act shall submit the application for registration form duly completed together with the following supporting documentation:

    • Certificate of Incorporation (Companies House);
    • Particulars of Directors (either: (i) a company profile from Companies House; or (ii) a register of directors certified by an accountant, lawyer or company secretary);
    • Completed Notice of Terms of Engagement for “working” Directors (Department of Employment); and
    • Valid Business Licence, if required (Business Licensing Authority).

    Requirements for the registration of a Business Name under the Business Trades and Professions (Registrations) Act

    Persons wishing to register a Business Name under the Business Trades and Professions (Registrations) Act shall submit the application for registration and personal details Form (Passport or ID Card required) duly completed together with the following documents:

    • Approval from the Income Tax Office/Department of Social Security;
    • Certificate of Registration of a Business Name (Companies House);
    • Valid Business Licence, if required (Business Licensing Authority); and
    • Gibraltar Trading Address (recent proof of address).

    Requirements for the registration of a Self-Employed Person under the Business Trades and Professions (Registrations) Act

    Persons wishing to register as a Self-Employed person under the Business Trades and Profession (Registration) Act shall submit the application for registration and personal details form (Passport or ID Card required) duly completed together with the following documents:

    • Approval from the Income Tax Office/Department of Social Security. Valid Business Licence, if required (Business Licensing Authority); and
    • Gibraltar Trading Address (recent proof of address).

    Note: All documentation together with a fee of £50 must be received prior to the processing of applications. Cheques must be made payable to “Government General Account”.

    Requirements for the registration of an Employee 

    The requirements for registering an employee are that the employer must be registered with the Department of Employment and that the employer must submit a Notification of Vacancy and Notice of Terms of Engagement in respect of the employee.

    In the case of non-entitled workers/”working” Directors (e.g. non-E.U. nationals) an application for a Work Permit must be submitted at the same time as the Notification of Vacancy; Notice of Terms of Engagement and Passport together with a fee of £20.00.

    Forms

    Self Employed Persons Personal Details   Download PDF  
    Application For Registration Of Business Trades And Profession Regulations 1991  Download PDF  


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  •  Income Tax Office

    The Income Tax Office is responsible for the administration of the Income Tax Act 2010, Rules and Regulations and for the assessment and collection of income tax, corporation tax and social insurance contributions.

    Tax is charged on income accruing in or derived from Gibraltar, on the profits or gains of a company or trust from any trade, business, profession or vocation. Tax is charged on the income accruing in, derived from or received in Gibraltar (or in any other place) by an individual ordinarily resident in Gibraltar from employment or the exercise of any self-employment activities in connection with a trade, business, profession or vocation. Dividends, pensions and emoluments of office accruing in, derived from or received in any place other than Gibraltar by an ordinarily resident individual are also taxable in Gibraltar.

    Generally, when taxed in the country of accrual and not received in Gibraltar such income is not taxable in Gibraltar. Tax is charged on income of all individuals and companies in respect of any rents, premiums and any other interest in real property located in Gibraltar. Income arising outside Gibraltar, which although not actually received or transferred, is obtained in Gibraltar by an individual in the form of an equivalent benefit, is treated as having been received in Gibraltar.

    If you commence a new business or company, or if you start working as a self-employed individual, you need to register at the Income Tax Office immediately. The forms you are required to submit are:

    S1 Self-Employed Individuals and Businesses Download PDF  
    S3 Self-employed Taxi Driver Download PDF  
    S4 Persons in receipt of Rental Income Download PDF  
    CT3 Companies Download PDF  

     

    Please note that you must first be registered with the Department of Employment before registering with the Income Tax Office

    For further information please visit the Income Tax Office website at www.gibraltar.gov.gi/new/income-tax-office

  •  Environmental Agency

    The Environmental Agency is contracted as an enforcement authority for HM Government of Gibraltar in the fields of environmental and public health. The Agency is responsible to the Minister for the Environment and plays an important role in delivering the environmental policies of HM Government of Gibraltar.

    Some of the areas the agency is closely involved with are food hygiene and safety, the abatement of statutory nuisances, monitoring of air, drinking and bathing water quality, the control of dust, waste management, monitoring of building applications and investigation of infectious diseases. The Agency is also the competent authority for the issue of Hawkers and Pedlars Licences. Some activities overseen by the agency require licensing or registration, these are listed below:-

    • Waste handling/dealing
    • Scrap Metal handling/dealing
    • Importation of milk and water
    • Food premises
    • Importation of meat or meat products
    • Skin piercing/tattooing
    • Any activity where dust might be generated


    Environmental Agency officers take an active part in health and environmental promotion campaigns throughout the year and visit schools and give presentations to interested parties. They are also involved in the delivery of training in the following areas:

    • Food Safety
    • Health & Safety at Work
    • Environmental Principles

    Forms

    Access all of the relevant Environmental Agency forms on our website.


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  •  Town Planning & Building Control

    Town Planning

    The Town Planning section’s remit covers the control and use of land, and the appearance of the built and natural environment. The section is responsible for forward planning, formulation of planning policy and development control. All "development" in Gibraltar requires planning permission (in addition to approval under the building regulations where relevant) before works may start. The decision-making authority is the Development & Planning Commission.

    The Town Planning section's work also covers the administration of advertisement consent applications, applications for tax relief on external improvements, tables and chairs licences and sandwich board licences. The section works closely with Building Control and other government departments, agencies and non-statutory bodies on matters relevant to town planning.

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    Contact

    Town Planning
    Department of Town Planning & Building Control
    Suite 631, Europort
    Gibraltar
    Tel: +350 20075483
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    Building Control

    The Building Control Section's main duties include the administration and enforcement of building regulations made under the Public Health Act, by inspection of deposited plans. This is followed by inspections to determine that works have been carried out according to approved specifications.

    On the satisfactory completion of the works, a joint exercise is put in place with the Environmental Agency and the Fire Prevention Department to establish whether the new building is fit for occupation. If satisfactory, a Certificate of Fitness is issued. Additional duties comprise the overseeing of demolition operations and the provision of technical advice to the Town Planning section.

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    Contact

    Building Control
    Department of Town Planning & Building Control
    Suite 631, Europort
    Gibraltar
    Tel: +350 20075483
    Fax: +350 20074086
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    Forms

    Planning and Building Application Download PDF  
    Demolition Application Download PDF  
    Advertisement Application Download PDF  
    Tree Application Download PDF  

     

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  •  HM Customs

    HM Customs Gibraltar (HMCG) is responsible for collecting, securing and accounting for all customs duties and fees, and any other incidental charges imposed in respect of goods imported into and exported from Gibraltar. HMCG, through its enforcement service is the community’s first line of defence against the importation of dangerous goods and has a primary law enforcement role in the prevention and detection of smuggling.

    In summary, the role of HMCG can be defined in terms of the following functions:

    1. The collection, securing and accounting of all duties, fines, fees and charges imposed in respect of goods imported into/exported from Gibraltar;
    2. Primary law enforcement role in the prevention and detection of smuggling of any goods or substances that are deemed to be regulated, restricted or prohibited altogether under existing legislation;
    3. The enforcement of legislative controls required under the provisions of the Imports & Exports Act, Imports & Exports (Control) Regulations, Import Duty (Franchise) Regulations, Import Duty (Integrated Tariff) Regulations, Tobacco Act, Endangered Species Act, Crimes Act, Criminal Procedures & Evidence Act and other laws for which the Customs Department is solely responsible for enforcement or has a duty to assist in the enforcement’.

    Under Section 21 of the Imports & Exports Act 1986 of the Laws of Gibraltar, any person (or Company) importing any goods, or his/her duly authorised agent, is required to make a declaration to customs concerning any goods imported into Gibraltar. The declaration must be delivered to the respective Officer in such form and manner and contain such particulars in support of the declaration as may be prescribed by the Collector and/or regulation.

    The Import Duty (Integrated Tariff) Regulations contains information on the duty of customs chargeable on goods imported into Gibraltar and shows the Commodity Code numbers used for this purpose and for the statistical classification of imports and exports. It also sets out particulars of existing prohibitions and restrictions on imports and exports from Gibraltar. The Imports & Exports (Franchise) Regulations also provide information on export fees and additional information on relevant rates of duty.

    Enquiries on points of detail or classification should be made to the Customs office at the Entry Processing Unit, British Lines Road, Gibraltar, on Telephone No. 00350 20078879 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Enquiries concerning policy should be addressed to the Collector of Customs, Custom House, Waterport, Gibraltar at the same number and e-mail address.

    The Entry Processing Unit is open for the presentation of declarations and clearance of goods during the normal business hours;

    Monday to Friday - 8.00 am to 3.00 pm

    Attendance at other times can be arranged with prior notice by contacting the Customs on-call officer on Telephone Number 54015284.

    At present there is no charge to the importer or agent for the extra attendance involved outside of normal business hours.

    Goods may not be removed from the place of importation without Customs authority.

    Any business intending to import or export goods to or from Gibraltar will need their Business Licence to cover the importation of the goods and the sale and export (if applicable) by way of wholesale or retail trade. An application for a Business Licence has to be as explicit as possible in detailing the goods to be traded with and cover every angle of the business operation.

    All importers and exporters engaged in the clearance of goods on a commercial basis are also required to be registered with HM Customs, once the relevant licenses and permits have been obtained.

    A duly completed and signed computer application registration form must be submitted to the Customs Entry Processing Unit at British Lines Road, supported by a copy of the Business Licence and Certificate of Incorporation/Business Registration.

    Forms

    Computer Registration Application Form Download PDF  

     

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  •  Quick Links

    With this link you can quickly access the online forms directly. This is for those users who know exactly what forms they require. Please note that in order to be able to use the OFT eGov service you will need your new eID card, password and card reader.

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Further Useful Information

  • Gibraltar Business Nurturing Scheme

    The Business Support team also collects the applications for Gibraltar Business Nurturing Scheme loans on behalf of the Ministry of Commerce.

    The scheme has been established by HM Government to financially support the development and progression of new

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  •  Companies House

    Most businesses trade as limited companies and/or under a specific business name. These businesses are required to register with Companies House Gibraltar.

    Trading under a business name

    Any business wishing to trade using a specified business name should

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About us

The OFT is a statutory regulator set up by Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar to protect the interests of consumers in Gibraltar and to ensure a fair market is maintained.

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