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Trade license in West Bengal

TRADE LICENSE OR CERTIFICATE OF ENLISTMENT CE IN WEST BENGAL

Overview of Trade License

Trade License means a document or certificate which gives the permission to the applicant to commence a particular trade or business in a particular area or location with ethical standards. The trade license is being issued only for particular purposes. The license cannot be used for any other purposes apart from the purpose for which it applied for.

  1. Why do we need Trade License?

Trade License in India is being regulated by the State Government through the Municipal Corporations. Trade license is required to obtain to ensure that no one is severally affected by nuisance and health hazard of any trade or business and best trade practices prevailing in the market. Trade license ensures that the trade practices prevailing in the area are happening with ethical practices. It is compulsory to know that the government regulates various trade undertakings in India. The core objective of issuing trade license is to control the locations by restricting the people from executing certain types of businesses from their home location.

  1. Who can issue a Trade license?

It is issued by the licensing department of the municipal corporation of the State in various departments like industries, engineering, health, education, automobile etc. The Government of India authorizes States to regularize the Trade License. Trade License issued in the form of Certificate.

  1. Requirements for obtaining New Certificate of Entitlement.

To apply trade license, the applicant is required to make an application with all the necessary documents and submit it to the concerned Municipal Corporation for further processing.

Documents required for obtaining new Certificate of Entitlement have divided into 2  categories:

  1. General requirements; and
  2. Specific requirements. 

General Requirements for obtaining new CE

  • Filling details in the application form related to the business.
  • Duly signed and stamped self-declaration.
  • In case of tenants rental/lease agreement or rent receipt required and in case of owned property then property tax receipt is required.
  • Also rent agreement/rent receipt, electricity bill, property tax receipt along with consent letter will be required.
  • Self attested copy of Adhar, PAN, EPIC and alike of Prop./Partner/Director/Karta etc. and one valid Mobile Number of CE applicant must be given.
  • Partnership deed is required in case of partnership firm.
  • For Companies (whether Public or Private Limited), the following documents to be produced along with the application:
  • Memorandum/ Articles of Association;
  • Declaration in Form No. 32;
  • Form No. 18;
  • Proof of Occupancy
  • For trading spaces in any government markets, K M C Markets & government campus. Certificate of Entitlement can be issued in the name of actual tenant only. CE will not be issued on consent or sub-tenancy in such cases.
  • For CE to be issued to experts, their documents are required for proving their profession.
  • Lastly as pre requirements businesses are required to get the authorization from the statutory bodies for issuing new Certificate of Enlistment (CE).
  1. Procedure for obtaining New Certificate of Entitlement.

Offline/ Manual Application:

  • Collect application form from Municipal Corporation Department
  • Keep all documents required to be attached with the application form
  • Check your eligibility before apply
  • Submit the form along with required documents with authority
  • Authorize in-charge will check your form and verify the documents
  • For processing further the officer in-charge will send the form for obtaining permission from HOD.
  • Business place and documentation will be verified by respective authority and after that applicant will be asked for making the payment.
  • Certificate of Enlistment will be issued by the department to the applicant on the payment of specified fees.

        Online Application:

  • For filing online application you need to visit the website.
  • Please the select the  online application registration for New CE.
  • New screen will pop up.
  • Click on "Sign Up" and enter your details to create User ID & password as login credentials  
  • Please fill all the details prompted & attach all required documents and click on “submit” at the bottom of the screen.
  • After verifying all the details given by the applicant, department will issue CE.
  1. Processing Time.

In general, it takes approx 30 days time to process the application of Trade license/ CE in Kolkata.

  1. Fee.

Fee for trade licence/ CE will be depending upon the type of licence/ CE applied as per Schedule of Rates/Fees/Charges of Licence Department. In case of offline application for trade licence, department visit will be required.

  1.  Trade license Renewal.

The trade licenses in India are required to be renewed every year. The validity of trade license issued in the State of Kolkata is 1 year & after 1 year it will be required to be renewed.

How to make payment of CE Demand in Kolkata?

Step 1: Enter the URL (www.kmcgov.in) of Kolkata Municipal Corporation in the address bar and go to website

Step 2: Click on Make Online Payment à CE (Licence Dept) {given on right side}

Step 3: Enter your CE No, Contact No & Email ID

Step 4: Make the payment of CE Demand through any online banking channel (like credit card, debit card, internet banking etc.)

Step 5: Once the payment made, your trade licence/ CE will get renewed.

After obtaining trade license from the Municipal Corporation, one can freely trade in the state without any worry of department intervention. Therefore, before start any new business take necessary licenses to avoid unnecessary intervention of the Government.

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