Trading Licence

Trading licences can be obtained at the commercial departments of district or town and city councils. Requirements include; forms and an accompanying covering letter outlining business operations in detail. Trading licences vary in fees and duration and an annual fee of 25% of the licence fee is required. Annual proof of compliance with health regulations and filing of annual returns are also required. Trading licences are described in detail in the table below.

Trading licence applications must be accompanied by the following documents/reports:

  1. Appropriate zoning report from physical planner.
  2. An occupation permit or a copy of the title deed showing the land use or change of use will suffice.
  3. Health inspector’s report certifying that the premises comply with public and environmental health standards.
  4. Regulatory inspection report from the Ministry of Health applying to trade in pharmaceutical products or for a pharmacy licence.
  5. Provisional clearance certificate for an agrochemicals licence application issued by the Plant Protection Division in the Ministry of Agriculture. The applicant has to provide proof of relevant background of agrochemicals (e.g. qualification certificates or testimonials).
  6. A clearance certificate from Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) for storage and handling of liquefied petroleum gas (refillable fuel canisters) for fuel filling station, general dealer, and hardware store licences.
  7. Certified copies of latest annual returns from the Registrar of Companies & Intellectual Property (RCOIP). Where annual returns are not available, such as the case of a newly registered company, forms showing directors' allotment of shares and share certificates should be provided.
  8. A copy of certificate of incorporation for a company, or registration certificate for individuals or partnerships.
  9. Proof of availability of business premises (lease, title or deed).
  10. Letter indicating the official company representative including, the representative's, certified copy of Omang (citizens) and work and residence permits (non-citizens).
  11. Certified copies of valid passport (non-citizens), work and resident permits for shareholders residing in Botswana or certified copies of valid Omang (citizens).
  12. Copy of original licence in case of transfer of a licence.
  13. For liquor licence applications, proof of advertisement in the Botswana Government Gazette is required: usually a stamped receipt showing both the first and second notice of the application, published at least 21 days before the licensing committee meeting.

The licensing committees meet weekly. The time required for the physical planner and health inspectors to inspect and issue reports can vary from one day to 1–3 weeks.

Licences and licence fees under the Trade Act

No.

Type of Licence

Licence Fee

1

Agent

P1,000.00

2

Amusement arcade

P500.00

3

Auctioneer

P1, 200.00

4

Bookshop

P750.00

5

Car wash

P150.00

6

Cleaning services

P200.00

7

Commercial hardware

P1, 000.00

8

Curio shop

P500.00

9

Department store

P2, 000.00

10

Distributor

P1, 500.00

11

Driller

P1, 000.00

12

Dry cleaner

P1, 500.00

13

Dry cleaning depot

P500.00

14

Florist

P250.00

15

Fresh produce dealer

P250.00

16

Funeral parlour

P1, 500.00

17

Furniture shop

P1, 500.00

18

General clothing

P750.00

19

General dealer

P250.00

20

General hire service

P500.00

21

Gymnasium

P1, 000.00

22

Haberdashery

P750.00

23

Hair and beauty parlour

P750.00

24

Industrial hardware

P1, 000.00

25

Internet cafe or copy shop

P500.00

26

Laundromat

P100.00

27

Motor dealer

P1, 500.00

28

Petrol filling station

P500.00

29

Pharmacy or chemist

P750.00

30

Plant hire service

P500.00

31

Restaurant

P1, 000.00

23

Supermarket

P1, 500.00

24

Takeaway

P150.00

25

Wholesale

P1, 500.00

26

Workshop

P1, 500.00

Reserved Activities under the Trade Act

The Trade Act reserves the following businesses exclusively for citizens of Botswana:

  1. Auctioneer
  2. Car wash
  3. Cleaning services
  4. Curio shop (souvenirs and cultural artefacts)
  5. Fresh produce
  6. Funeral parlour
  7. General clothing
  8. General dealer
  9. Hairdresser
  10. Hire services
  11. Laundromat
  12. Petrol filling station
  13. Takeaway food
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