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Shop & Establishment Registration

Shop & Establishment registration is mandatory for every person who is starting any business or shop under the respective state.

Shop & Establishment Registration is mandatory for every person who is starting any business or shop under the respective state act. For any new business or shop, we need to obtain Shop & Establishment registration within 30 days of commencing operations under the respective state act.  The application will submit to the local municipality of the concerned state.

The Shops and Establishment Registration (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) was a Central Bill espousing an amendment and consolidation relating to employment and conditions of service at shops and establishments. This Bill has been adopted by various State Governments, and as such, only a brief overview is provided of the same. However, a key unifying requirement is the requirement of the Shop & Establishment License that is required to operate the same in any State.

Since each state has its different Act & Rules, we provide a one-stop solution where the procurement of your license is left to us, with your role being restricted to giving us the information and documents as needed. This shall save you the headache of plowing through the verbose legalese, and allow you to put all your efforts in the Shop or Establishment you run, than in getting the license for the same! 


Every State requires a Shop & Establishment Registration to not only obtain a license within 30 days of commencing operations but also show it prominently at the Shop & Establishment in question. Furthermore, this license forms the bedrock of approvals required for commercial operations, and thus always helps further down the road as a proof of the same.

Documents Required For Shop & Establishment Registration

Since every State has different Rules & Regulations for Shop & Establishment Registration, the list of documents required tends to vary from State to State. However, a general list is given for reference.

  • Passport Size photograph of Employer.

  • Photo of Shop along with the owner.

  • List of Management Employees.

  • Rates of Wages.

  • Details of Employees currently working at the Establishment.

  • Employee Weekly Holidays.

  • Address proof of Establishment.

  • Photo ID of the Owner.

  • MoA&AoA of the Company.

  • Incorporation Certificate of the Company.

Sign up now for our service, and we shall get back to you after mining through the applicable regulations and let you know which documents you need for a license in your State!

Registration Process

Process For Shop & Establishment Registration

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Step 1

You will sign up for our service in order to obtain the Shops & Establishments License

Step 2

We will get back to you with a list of documents required for the same, as applicable in the jurisdiction of your shop & establishment registration

Step 3

You will send us the documents required

Step 4

We will process the same with the concerned Municipal Authority, delivering a basic acknowledgment from the same to you

Step 5

Unless any documents are not found, a hard copy of the license shall be issued within 10 working days to you



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Why was the Shops & Establishments Act brought in force?

The Shops & Establishments Act varies from State to State, and are rooted in the Central Shops & Establishments Bill which was promulgated by the Ministry of Labour as a model guidelines on which States could build their own acts. The Act is an attempt at consolidation of uniform benefits accruing from employment and service, be it in a shop, commercial establishments, hotels, restaurants, etc.

What are the requirements under the Shop and Establishment Act?

The Act addresses a multitude of employee-employer relationships, most notably the conditions of work that an employee must work with. The Act regulates the employment terms, such as working hours&spread over of such working hours. It requires that employees be given at least a day off from work, and calls for employers to pay rates above the employment rate for overtime. It also contains special provisions prohibiting the retention of women employees late at night, as well as provisions forbidding the employment of children.

What records must be maintained under the Shops & Establishments Act?

While requirements vary from state to state, every business must maintain records of the following details –

  • Details of Employment
  • Details of Salary payments (including any deductions/advances/bonuses etc)
  • Details of Holidays (days off) declared by the business

In some States, the records relating to annual holidays of a business, as well the details of its employees must be regularly updated with the office of the Municipal Corporation every year.

When is a Shops and Establishments Act license required?

Every shop and establishment must register itself under the Act within 30 days of commencement of work.

What is an Establishment?

Establishments are generally defined by this Act as commercial establishments, residential hotels, restaurants, eating houses, theaters, or other places of public amusement or entertainment.  Additionally, State Governments may, by notification in the Official Gazette, declare other establishments that do not fall within such definition to be establishments for the purposes of this Act.

What is a Shop?

A shop is defined as any premises where –

  • Goods are sold (either through retail sales or by wholesale to retailers);
  • Services are rendered to customers for consideration.

This definition also extends to include offices, storerooms, godowns, warehouses or other ancillary locations which are utilized in consonance with the shop for trade/business. However, factories & other commercial establishments do not fall within this definition.

What are the fees for obtaining such license?

Fees for the issuance of such license vary from State to State. Leave this part of the research on us by signing up for service!

What is the penalty for not obtaining such license?

The penalties for not getting a license to vary from State to State. Additionally, since a Shop & Establishment license is one of the first certifications for commercial activities, they are often used as requisite documents for current accounts in Banks. Thus, not getting a license not only brings with it legislative sanction but also causes problems in day to day operations.

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