Manufacturing Licence

Manufacturing licences are governed by the Industrial Development Act of 2006 and the Industrial Development Regulations of 2008. According to the Act, all manufacturing enterprises are required to have an industrial/manufacturing licence, issued by the Industrial Licensing Authority (ILA) and the Regional Licensing Committee. These licences are valid for an indefinite period subject to compliance with the conditions upon being issued. Application forms for manufacturing licences can be downloaded from the Ministry of Trade and Industry Website: www.mti.gov.bw.

Steps in Obtaining a Manufacturing/Industrial Licence

Several steps are required for a manufacturing/industrial licence, some of which can be carried out concurrently:

  1. An executive business summary
  2. Confirmation of zoning permission
  3. Completing an environmental impact assessment (EIA)
  4. Payment of application fees and submission of application form to the Department of Industrial Affairs or Municipality/Council
  5. Consideration of the application by the ILA or Regional Licensing Committee
  6. Communication of the decision
  7. If decision is positive, payment of licence fees
  8. Issuance of provisional licence or indefinite industrial licence

Requirements for Obtaining a Manufacturing/Industrial Licence

The following are requirements in applying for an industrial licence:

  1. Business background or executive summary
  2. Completed application Form AIL 1, in duplicate for each company. Application forms can be obtained from the relevant municipality/council
  3. Proof that the company is registered in Botswana – Copy of the certificate of incorporation,
  4. Detailed description of the companies production process to indicate how each product will be produced, including answers to environmental effects questions listed on additional information sheets
  5. Complete Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  6. Satisfactory Environmental Health Inspection and Food Control clearance reports from the relevant municipality/council
  7. Zoning report from the Physical Planning Officer
  8. Lease agreement between the lessor and the lessee/letter from the landlord showing their intention to lease out the plot
  9. Certified true copies of valid work and residence permits (foreign investors/shareholders)
  10. Certified copies of Omang (citizens) and passports (foreigners) for all shareholders
  11. Commitment letter from a Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control approved waste collector and for sales of offcuts/by-products, a commitment letter from the buyer
  12. Payment of P50.00 administrative fee
  13. Once approved payment of P200.00 licence fee upon collection

All licensing committee meetings are held on a weekly basis and applicants are advised to file their applications well in advance of these meetings, assuring inclusion of the agenda.

Payment of Annual Fees for Manufacturing/Industrial Licence

Manufacturing Licences attract an annual fee. The following requirements apply when paying the annual fee:

  1. Form AIL 1
  2. Proof of health inspection
  3. Proof of last payment
  4. Copy of indefinite industrial licence
  5. Copy of annual returns
  6. Payment of P200.00 annual fee

Application for a Licence to Manufacture New Products or Additional Products

Requirements:

  1. Completion of form AIL 2 in duplicate
  2. Proof of last payment
  3. Certified copy of indefinite industrial licence
  4. Environmental health report
  5. Payment of P50.00 administrative fee
  6. Payment of P200.00 application fee

Application for a Licence to Manufacture on Additional Premises

Requirements:

  1. Completion of form AIL 1 in duplicate and form AIL 3
  2. Proof of last payment
  3. Certified true copy of indefinite industrial licence
  4. Environmental health report
  5. Physical Planning report confirming zoning
  6. EIA
  7. Commitment letter from a Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control approved waste collector and for sales of offcuts/by-products, a commitment letter from the buyer
  8. Payment of P50.00 administrative fee
  9. Payment of P200.00 application fee

Application to Manufacture on New Premises

Requirements:

  1. Completion of form AIL 1 in duplicate and form AIL 4
  2. Proof of last payment
  3. Certified true copy of indefinite industrial licence
  4. Environmental health report
  5. Physical Planning report confirming zoning
  6. Environmental Impact Assessment Report
  7. Commitment letter from a Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control approved waste collector and for sales of offcuts/by-products, a commitment letter from the buyer
  8. Payment of P50.00 administrative fee
  9. Payment of P200.00 application fee

Application to Transfer an Indefinite Industrial Licence

Requirements:

  1. Completion of form AIL 1 in duplicate and AIL 5
  2. Proof of last payment
  3. Certified true copy of indefinite industrial licence
  4. Environmental health report
  5. Physical Planning report confirming zoning
  6. Environmental Impact Assessment Report
  7. Commitment letter from a Department of Waste Management and Pollution Control approved waste collector and for sales of offcuts/by-products, a commitment letter from the buyer
  8. Payment of P50.00 administrative fee
  9. Payment of P200.00 application fee
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