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What is Shop & Establishment Registration?

Shop and Establishment registration is a state-based registration for every business entity to register under local Government. Every entity established with the commercial purpose, including trading and service firms, restaurants, coffee house or hotels and also the place of public amusement must obtain this registration. Generally, the time limit provided for the registration is 30 days from the date of establishment.


The main purpose of such registration is to work as per the State laws and secure the benefit for the employees. The license would work as proof of commercial activities for many other registrations and is also helpful for opening a bank account.

Documents required for Shop and Establishment Registration

PAN Card

A self-attested copy of PAN card Of Proprietor/Partner/ Director

Address Proof

Self- attested copy of address proof of Proprietor/Partner/Director

Proof of Establishment

Rent agreement/ Ownership Deed/ Lease Deed

NOC from the owner if rented property

Incorporation Documents

MoA – AoA of Company, Partnership Deed/ LLP Agreement, etc. along with registration certificate, if any, recently clicked the photo of the establishment.

Passport size photograph

2 passport sized photograph of the business owners

Complete registration in 3 Easy Steps

1. Answer Quick Questions

  • Spare less than 10 minutes to fill in our Questionnaires
  • Provide basic details & documents required for Shop and Establishments Registration
  • Make payment through secured payment gateways

2. Experts are Here to Help

  • Assigned Relationship Manager
  • Preparation of application by expert
  • Application Submission to a concerned department
  • Shop and Establishment Registration Certificate

3. Your Business is registered

*Subject to Government processing time

Process of Shop licence online registration

Day 1

  • Consultancy for registration requirement
  • Collection of basic Information
  • Provide Required Documents for shop and registration certificate

Day 2 - 4

  • Preparation of registration application
  • Filing of registration application

Day 5 onwards

  • Processing by Government Department

Day 15

*Subject to Government processing time

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Parameters Importer Exporter Code GST Registration Professional Tax Registration Shop & Establishments Registration MSME Registration
Applicable To All importers and exporters Businesses exceeding prescribed threshold for turnover Applicability defers based on State Act Applicability defers based on State Act All Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Registration Criteria Mandatory Mandatory Mandatory Mandatory Voluntary
Any business entity undertaking import/export for business purpose from India If turnover exceeds ₹ 20 Lakh or entity fall under specified category, registration is mandatory A person earning income from salary or by practicing any profession has to pay the professional tax All entities need to get registered under shop and establishments at the time of setting up their business It is not mandatory to register under MSME. Any business entity if wishes can get registered under MSME
Regulatory body Central Government State and Central Government State Government Municipal Corporation Central Government
The code is granted by Directorate General of foreign Trade, Central Government The tax is segregated into two parts CGST (central) and SGST (state) The tax is based on income slab-rates decided by state Government Governed by Municipal Corporation under whose jurisdiction the business place is situated MSMEs comes under centrally based Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
Return Filings No Yes Yes No No
No return are prescribed to file after registration Annually, monthly or quarterly based on GSTR type Monthly or yearly based on professional tax liability No returns are to be filed after this registration No returns are to be filed after this registration
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Does a business operating without any workers require the registration?

YES, whether the operations are employee-driven or not, the business entity must get shop act license subject to the State laws. In most states, the registration is mandatory within 30 days, irrespective of the number of employees. Therefore, the owners must refer to the State law once to determine the Shop & Establishment registration requirement.

What is meant by a Shop?

With reference to this registration, the shop is a premise, where any trade or business is carried out or where services are rendered to customers. It includes offices or warehouses, whether in the same premises or not, used in connection with such trade or business, but does not include a shop or office attached to a factory within the scope of the Factories.

What is meant by a commercial establishment?

With reference to this registration, a Commercial Establishment means a commercial or trading or banking or insurance establishment, an establishment or administrative service in which persons employed are mainly engaged in office work, a hotel, restaurant, boarding or eating house, a cafe or any other refreshment house, etc.

Are factories covered under Shop & Establishment Act?

Factories are not covered by the shops & establishments act as they are regulated by the Factories Act, 1948.

When to make application for registration of Shop and Establishment?

The entity shall mandatorily apply to get involved in the shop and establishment registration process to the concerned authority (Labour Authority) depending on the area of the shop or establishment as and when it is established within the time period prescribed. In most States, the requirement of application registration arises within 30 days.

Whether a separate registration for the branch is required?

Yes, each branch is to be registered separately irrespective of the jurisdiction of the authority.

What are the Government fees for shop act license and registration?

For Shop & Establishment registration, the Government fee depends on the number of employees and workers. In some places, that also depends on whether the premise is a shop or covered under establishment or on the type of activities.

Whether the premise will be verified by the concerned officer?

Physical verification of the premise is not necessary normally. However, the officers are authorized and may come to verify the premise before grating a registration certificate.

Whether shop and establishment registration application can be made online?

In most of the state’s online registration application can be made. However, that is not the case in major jurisdictional authorities. compliancemsme.com can help you for both, online and physical registration application.

What are the records to be maintained under Shop & Establishment Act?

Various registers giving details of employment, fines, deductions and advances, salary, holidays, etc. should be maintained at the premises under this Act.

Whether the Professional Tax registration is also required for this registration?

In cities like Ahmedabad, both the registration must be obtained simultaneously. In a few places, professional tax registration is a requirement for this application. Hence, it depends on where the jurisdiction of the premise is situated. Applicable state laws must be checked before the said registration.

What if the shop has to be closed after registration?

In case the shop or establishment would like to close down the business, the occupier should notify the Chief Inspector in writing within fifteen days of the closing. The Chief Inspector, after reviewing the request for closure can remove the shop or commercial establishment from the register and cancel the registration certificate.