Guide to Shops and Establishments Registration! Introduction, Cost, Documents, Process etc

Introduction to Shops and Establishments:

Shops and Establishments Act is enacted by several state governments to regulate the conditions of workers/employees. Any shop, office, establishments, theatre, hotel restaurant etc., need to register for Shops and Establishments license. Shops and Establishments Act is to regulate the work conditions, rights of employees, working hours, holiday list, the minimum age for employment and list of the obligation of the employer.

Who should apply for Shops and Establishments registration:

Shops and Establishments registration is required for all entities who are into any business. This must be applied within 30 days of commencement of the business. It covers shops, commercial establishments, restaurants, hotels, theatres, amusement parks, and retail trade/businesses. Shops and Establishment certificate should be displayed at the entrance of the shop/establishment.

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How to register for Shops and Establishments registration:

In most states, shops and establishments registration is an online process. In Karnataka, an online application has to be submitted in the prescribed format and all the documents required as per the type of entity the registration is sought for should be submitted in person at the department.

Documents required for Shops and Establishments Registration:






Pvt Ltd

PAN card of promoter/s

PAN card of the company/firm

ID and Address proof of the promoter/s

Photograph of promoter/s

Registered office documents such as Rental agreement/Sale deed/Latest tax paid receipt

Utility bill

Current account Bank statement/Cancelled cheque

Savings account Bank statement/Cancelled cheque

Timeline – How long does it take to register Shops and Establishments in India

If everything is in order, it may take anywhere between 8 to 10 business days for registering Shops and Establishments. This timeline is further subject to Government processing, approval time, public holidays, etc.

Shops and Establishments Registration Fees / Cost

The fees vary from state to state. For e.g, in Karnataka, Government fees depend on the number of employees.

Number of employees

Government fees








Rs.8000 and so on