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Israel - Obtain Business License

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  1. Complete an application form. A link is provided under "Documents to Use" which you can use to download the form.
  2. Submit the completed form together with all other required documents.
  3. Once your application is received, the service agent verifies that it includes all required documents, and passes it on to a licensing examiner. If any documents are missing, the service agent returns the application to the applicant, in order to provide the missing documents.
  4. If the business plans are complete and meet all necessary legal requirements, and all documents have been properly filed, the licensing examiner will sign the plans.
  5. Pay the application fee. The licensing fee can be paid at the Business Licensing Authority by credit card, or using a payment voucher at the post office or banks.
  6. After payment your application will be reviewed, and licensing office will give their opinion in the following order:
    1. Planning Information and Building Supervision Departments they will check whether the building in which the business operates meets the requirements of planning and construction laws.
    2. The Business Licensing Authority will match the plans to the actual facts and to the sanitary conditions in the business.
    3. Other licensing authorities (police, fire department, Ministry of Health, etc.) will perform checks simultaneously, depending on the business type, as defined in the Business Licensing Law.
  7. A business owner interested in having his / her application reviewed by all the licensing authorities simultaneously should fill out the Declaration Form for Initiation of a Simultaneous Approval Procedure (Hebrew) and submit it to the licensing examiner. A link is provided below.
  8. If all required licensing authorities approve the application, the Business Licensing Authority will issue a business license, including any conditions determined by the licensing authorities.
  9. In the event that one or more of the licensing authorities decides to grant a temporary license (and no other authority has denied the application), or if one or more of the licensing authorities does not submit their opinion within the time period required by law, and the application was denied by one of the authorities, the business will be issued a temporary license, whose period of validity will be set as the shortest period specified by one or more of the licensing authorities, as required by law.
  10. If one or more of the licensing authorities denies the application, the business license application will be rejected.
  11. Rejected application: Business owners may file an appeal to the Court of Administrative Affairs within 60 days, or alternatively, to appeal the rejecting authority's decision through the Business Licensing Authority within 30 days of receiving the rejection letter.


Required Documents[edit]

Applicants must attach the following documents:

  • Business plan in five copies, signed by a professional (civil engineer / practical engineer in civil engineering or architecture / architect). Additional copies of the plans may be a required if the business owner has requested that the review be performed by all licensing authorities simultaneously, and approval is required from more than five authorities.
  • Photocopy of the lease property ownership title.
  • Vicinity plan, at a scale of 1:1250.
  • Detailed site plan, at a scale of 1:250, drafted on copies of the business plan.
  • If the business is a company or a corporation, the application should include a certificate from the Registrar of Companies, current for the day of the application.
  • A preliminary binding opinion, if one was given to the license applicant.
  • Power of attorney for the license applicant, if the person filing the application is someone other than the business owner.
  • A declaration (Hebrew) signed by an architect, certifying that the structure has no building irregularities (not mandatory).
  • A property tax (arnona) application form, filled out by the license applicant.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Licensing Office
Address: 13 Safra Square

Public Reception Hours:
Sun. Mon. Wed. Thurs.: 8:30-11:30 | Tue.: 14:00-17:00
No public reception on Friday and Holiday eves

Contact Numbers & Email addresses



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  • Business license application fee: 313 NIS(for a single license entity)
  • To replace a lost or damaged business license: is 157 NIS.

The licensing fee can be paid at the Business Licensing Authority by credit card, or using a payment voucher at the post office or banks.


The validity of a business license is determined based on the type of entity requiring a license.

Documents to Use[edit]


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Required Information[edit]

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


Need for the Document[edit]

Any person, public or private company, association, non-profit organization, institution, or entity of any kind, that is required to obtain a license pursuant to the Business Licensing Law, must have a license in order to open and manage a business. This procedure provides you information on how you can apply for one.

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External Links[edit]

Municipality of Jerusalem


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