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All businesses are required to be licensed under the Business License Bill 2010. Any person who wishes to conduct business in the short term must apply for an Occasional Business License. The period must not exceed seven days. An Occasional License can be granted for a maximum of four times per year. Business ventures that require an occasional business license include:

  • Carry on a sales business
  • Stage a business event or trade show
  • Vend at regattas, farmers’ market, or community event


Any Bahamian citizen or permanent Resident. Non-Bahamian applying to conduct a specific Business in the Bahamas for a period of time is required to apply for a temporary Business License.

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  1. The applicant must gain approval from the event/show of interest.
  2. Submit the approval letter along with other supporting documents to Business License Unit Offices.
  3. Collect the Business Registration Application form and tick the Occasional License box.
  4. Once all document requirements are met, the application is then processed within 7 working days and the Occasional License is issued.
  5. The BLU office will contact the applicant to inform them that they can collect their license.
  6. The applicant must then return to the Business License Office to pay the license fee, provide ID and collect their license.

Application Form for occasional business license:

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Required Documents

  • Copy of passport
  • Letter of approval for event/show
  • Vendors’ permit
  • Public health Certificate


The fee for an Occasional License is BS$25.


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Processing Time

Once an application form and all supporting documents have been submitted, it is processed within 7 working days.

Office Locations & Contacts

Business License/Valuation Unit
Ground Floor Charlotte House
North Charlotte & Shirley Streets
P. O. Box 3017
New Providence
The Bahamas
E-mail: or
Phone: (242) 325-2233, 325-1171, 325-2126 Fax: (242) 328-8003

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