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An Overview of Trade License West Bengal

A Trade License is a legal certificate required to start a business or trade in a particular area or location. The owner of a Trade License cannot use this license for any other business. A business that is registered within a state, Corporation, or municipality is required to get Trade License from the authority to start a business. In West Bengal, to obtain Trade License West Bengal, the applicant must first understand the jurisdiction under which they are running the business and the applicable acts. If you plan to start a new business in West Bengal, you need to obtain Trade License West Bengal because it is one of the essential documents to commence a business or a trade in West Bengal.

Different Categories of Trade License

  1. Shop License: Dangerous & offensive trade like a sale of firewood, candle manufacturer, barbershop, cracker manufacturer, etc.
  2. Industrial License: Small, medium & large scale manufacturing factories.
  3. Food Establishment License: Hotels, canteen Restaurants, food stalls, the sale of meat and vegetables, bakeries, etc.

Benefits of Obtaining Trade License West Bengal

Following are some benefits of obtaining a Trade License:

  1. It increases credibility;
  2. This license helps in motivating investors;
  3. It ensures better sanitation within the organisation;
  4. Provide better exposure to financial help;
  5. Increase goodwill in the target market;
  6. It also ensures fewer confrontations with legal affairs;
  7. It discourages unethical practices.

Who issues Trade License in West Bengal?

  • A Trade License West Bengal is issued by the Licensing Department of the Municipal Department in West Bengal, such as engineering, health, industries, etc.
  • The Government of India authorises the license in a way to govern in cities across the country. The Government authorises the license in a manner to regulate in cities across the country.
  • It confers approval through letters or certificates to conduct any trade or business where it is located. The issuance of a Trade License is done on a state-wide basis and as per the regulations set by the Municipal Corporation.

Who Needs Trade License West Bengal?

Following business entities are mandated to secure Trade License from the Municipal Corporation in West Bengal before starting business operations:

  • Community Centres;
  • Commercial areas;
  • Local Commercial;
  • District Centres;
  • Commercial Shopping Complex (CSC);
  • Local Shopping Complex (LSC);
  • Service Centre or Service Market;
  • Pedestrian Shopping Streets and so on.

Criteria for obtaining Trade License

Following are the criteria for obtaining Trade License in West Bengal:

  1. The age of the applicant should not be less than 18 years;
  2. The business of the applicant must be capable of executing legal work;
  3. The applicant shouldn’t have any criminal records.

Vital Documents Required for Obtaining a Trade License in West Bengal

Following is the list of all the vital documents required for obtaining a Trade License West Bengal:

  • Address proof of the business;
  • Aadhar Card;
  • Identity proof of the applicant;
  • In the case of companies, MOA or Memorandum of Association and AOA or Articles of Association is required;
  • In the case of companies, Incorporation Certificate is also required;
  • In the case of Proprietorship, submitting the PAN of the applicant is required; else PAN of the firm;
  • NOC (No Objection Certificate) issued by the nearby property owners;
  • Floor plan or certified site;
  • Latest Property Tax Receipt in case the business place is owned, else lease documents or permission letter issued by the actual owner where the business is registered.

Online Procedure for Applying Trade License West Bengal

The step by step procedure to follow in order to obtain a Trade License in West Bengal are:

  • An applicant must first approach the Municipal Corporation Department in West Bengal;
  • The applicant is required to get the application for the license from the respective officer;
  • All the vital details shall be mentioned in the application form by the applicant;
  • Depending on the trading nature, the applicant must attach all the vital documents to the application;
  • After the above step, the application must be submitted to the concerned officials;
  • After making the enquires, the Municipal Corporation shall issue the Trade License within 30 days of submission of the application in case the application has complied with all the rules & regulations. If there is any violation or malpractice found, then the Trade License would not be issued;
  • A fee is also paid in order to obtain the application form from the concerned authorities.

Renewal of Trade License West Bengal

A Trade License in West Bengal doesn’t hold lifetime validity, and hence it should be renewed at regular time intervals. When it is required to renew the license, the Corporation will issue a demand notice to the concerned licensee mentioning the need for the renewal of the Trade License. The concerned person might renew it by remitting the appropriate fee at the particular counters mentioned in the notice. When the payment is made, the demand notice is sent to the applicant. If the licensee fails to receive the demand notice, the applicant is needed to provide a copy of the recently paid Trade License as well as a declaration affirming that the applicant's Trade License details such as the Trade name, Trade address, area covered through the location in sq. feet. Trade nature, place & date. A duplicate copy of the demand notice shall be sent to the applicant.

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