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How To Apply For Business Permit in Nairobi County

If you are planning to start a business in Nairobi County, you are required by County Law to apply for a Business Permit. Failure to do that might cause interruption of business operations.

Single Business Permit is a crucial document if your business is looking to apply for Government Tender, borrowing a loan and many more. It is something that you just can’t simply do without.

Here is the step by step guide that will save you time to process your Business Permit today;

Step 1: Application Form

A client who intends to apply for a new Single Business Permit (SBP) or to renew an existing one is required to obtain BR–1 form from Ward office.

Step 2: Visit to Business Premises

Fill and complete the form and return it to the Ward Licensing Officer who approves within a day upon his/her visit to the business premises to verify the type of business being carried out by the client.  In case of a renewal, a copy of previous year’s SBP shall be attached.

Step 3: Cost of Business Permit

Based on the information obtained by the inspection team, the Ward Licensing Officer shall determine the appropriate fee to be charged for the SBP as guided by the SBP fees and charges schedule.

Step 4: Approval of BR-1 Form

The Ward Licensing Officer shall recommend for issuance of the SBP by indicating the appropriate fee to be charged, stamping and signing the BR-1 form. The Ward Licensing Officer shall then refer the client to licensing main office at City Hall for further action

Step 5: Data Loading

At licensing main office, the application form is approved by the signatories before presenting to Data entry clerks for data capturing in the Single Business Permit database

Step 6: Invoice Issued

After capturing the data, an invoice/bill is generated.

Step 7: Payment

Once the client has been issued with an invoice he shall make payment to Cash Office and obtain original receipts.

Step 8: Signature

The client shall present the application form and the original receipt to the license Reception Desk officer who shall receive and record them in the register. The Reception Desk Officer shall then take the application forms to the SBP Printing Office for Printing of SBP. The Officer in charge SBP printing office shall print record and take the SBP to the signatories for final signature.

Step 9: Collection

Once signed by signatories, the Single Business Permit is received by Registry, where it is stamped again and taken to dispatch office for collection by the owner

Content Courtesy of City Council of Nairobi County

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  1. Greetings. Do I need to have a business permit to do hawking business in Nairobi? Thanks in advance for your quick response.

  2. I have filled the online registration form for single business permit (BR-1 form), saved it as pdf but there are no directions on where to submit it……kindly and urgently guide.

    Thank you.

  3. Hello,

    do i require a business permit to operate a taxi business

  4. need assistance on how to renew a single business permit under new business nam
    e…..any help will be highly appreciated

  5. need assistance on how to renew a single business permit under new business name..

  6. I renewed sbp online and paid for the same but license shows awaiting approval.pleaseah help.

  7. Dear Sir/Madam

    Am writing to request for a renewal single business permit form,Any assistant will be highly appreciated

    Thank you


  8. Am in Mombasa County en I found it difficult to apply because no one is willing to help and am starting a business of selling phone accessories , plz help me

  9. Dear Sir/Madam

    Hope you are fine,am writing to request for fire permit form. If you could please email me the form please
    I would be grateful.

    Thank you,

  10. Another way is to use the NCC online service https://epayments.nairobi.go.ke/

    • Online renewing the SBP gives only a Provisional business permit after paying through Wallet – showing that it is awaiting approval – what is the meaning of this please ?

  11. What if you are a starting out as a home-based business (consultancy)…do you still need to apply for a license? And what happens when they come to inspect the premises? Can they approve such a business for licensing?

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