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West Bengal - Obtain a Trade License

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Apply in Person

  1. Applicant can collect application form from Municipal Corporation Department : Link for Office
  2. Make sure you have all the documents to apply
  3. Make sure you are eligible
  4. Submit the application form along with required documents to the authority at the municipal corporation
  5. Authorized In-charge will check your form and verify the documents
  6. The In-charge will send the Form(s) along with the enclosures, if any - immediately to the Head of the Department/Unit Offices seeking permission for processing further.
  7. Then inspection and verification of business place as well as the documents will be conducted by respective authority and the applicant will be advised for the payment
  8. Once fees are paid, Certificate of Enlistment will be issued

Apply Online

  1. Use the following link to apply online: Online Portal
  2. Please select “Online Application Registration(For New CE)” listed on the left side of the screen
  3. In the given new screen, please “Sign Up” to login with user ID and password.
  4. Please fill / attach all the details prompted for and hit “submit” at the bottom of the screen
  5. From the time the online process is completed, actual procedure of apply in person will be carried forward to issue the license

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Application form 'J': Link for Form J
  • Application for Online processing Link: Online link
  • In case of Companies/Private Limited Companies, the following documents are to be produced along with the application:
    • (a) Memorandum/Articles of Association MOA
    • (b) Declaration in Form No. 32
    • (c) Form No. 18
    • (d) Proof of occupancy
  • Other required documents
  • Aadhaar Card
  • GST details as required
  • Photo graph of applicant as required
  • You have to submit document in support of place of business
  • If owned by petitioner, Tax bill
    • In case of tenant, rent bill
    • In case of lessee, lease-deed
    • In case of relative, if granted rent free accommodation by the premises owner then you have to submit **consent letter from the owner
Note: Along with the form and the documents, one has to provide an affidavit / declaration which certifies that in case of any discrepancies or any illegal activity on the behalf of the person or company who want to start a business, the certificate of enlistment will be revoked.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Department of Municipal Affairs

DF-8, Sector-I, Salt Lake, Kolkata - 700064

The License Officer,

5,S.N.Banerjee Road, Kolkata 700 013, India
Ph : +91 33 2286-1000 (28 Lines), WhatsApp :Ph:8335988888
Control Room : +91 33 2286-1212/1313/1414 Fax +91 33 2286-1444
Call Centre - Working Days
Mon-Fri : 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sat : 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Ph : 155360 , 2226-9909 , 18003453375 (Toll Free)
Contact Link: Link for details and Link for Contacts

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  • Application charge RS.30/-
  • Advised fees for the License


The validity of Certificate is one year. Every year renewal is required.

Documents to Use[edit]

Proforma of Declaration in Stamp Paper / Affidavit
Declaration in case Assessee No. of Trading Premises not found.

The License Officer,
License Department,
5, S. N. Banerjee Road,
Kolkata - 700 013.
Re:- Issuance of Certificate of Enlistment in respect of the unassessed premises under Ward No..


I/we,the Proprietor/Partners/Director (s) of M/s. carrying on a business as in the Premises No.(unassessed) do hereby solemnly affirm and declares as follows ;
That I / we do not have any objection if The K.M.C. authority revokes / cancels / modifies the Certificate of Enlistment issued in my / our favour due to any legal complications arising out of determination of Assessee Numbers and / or Premises Numbers.

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

It takes 30 days

Related Videos[edit]

West Bengal - Obtain A Trade License

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  • An application in prescribed form is to be submitted U/S 199.
  • Places of business.
    • If owned by petitioner, tax bill to be produced;
    • If a tenant, rent bill to be produced;
    • If a lessee, lease-deed to be produced;
    • If relative/person granted rent free accommodation by the premises owner, consent letter from the owner to be produced;
    • If a person is granted rent free accommodation by any bonafied tenant, consent letter along with the current CE of the tenant to be produces;
    • If a sub-tenant, consent of the premises owner will also to be produced along with documents viz. rent bill, current CE etc. of original tenant.
    • Besides License Department Officials may also issue CE on spot if any trade/profession/calling is carried out without obtaining trade license.
  • In case of Companies / Private Limited Companies, the following documents to be produced along with the application:
    • Memorandum/Articles of Association;
    • Declaration in Form No. 32;
    • Form No. 18;
    • Proof of occupancy;
  • In case of Partnership Firm, the Partnership deed to be produced.

Required Information[edit]

  • Name of the owner
  • Name of the company
  • Ward Number
  • Premises Number
  • Address

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Need for the Document[edit]

  • An Individual or a company which wanted to run a business, then they must apply for Trade Certificate with the respective Government department
  • Trade license (certificate of enlistment ), also known as a business license, is a permit that is issued by the Government
  • As per “Section 199” of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Act 1980, the licensing department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation grants the Certificate of Enlistment.
  • These licenses are used across the country and must be obtained from the respective State government for the performance of trade

Information which might help[edit]

  • ​​The payment can be remitted in cash, cheque, demand draft or a pay order drawn in favor of the Municipal Corporation
  • A trade license doesn’t hold lifetime validity

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

Please explain what are other uses of obtaining this document/certificate.
e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

Kolkata Municipal Corporation: Trade License

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