A business permit allows foreigners and citizens in Kenya to conduct business legally. It proves that the business is registered as per the law and follows certain laws. Business permit requirements are different from one place to another, and failure to comply often results in fines or even having your business shut down.  The company registration process in Kenya is now online and takes between 5 and 7 working days to complete. The same document can be accessed through the eCitizen portal

In this article, you will learn the process and procedures you should follow to apply for a single business permit in Kakuma and Kalobeyei settlement. The procedures are informed by the Turkana County Finance Act of 2021.

How to apply:

1. Visit the nearest county ward revenue office for a business permit application.

2. Ask for the application form BR-1 form from the ward licensing officer after which you fill and submit it to the officer.

3. Make sure you have the following information with you before you fill out the form:

  • A registered company/ business name through the e-citizen portal.
  • The physical address of the company Business.
  • Company identification number Which you get after registering a company.
  • Copy of certificate of incorporation, this is a document that confirms your company's formation and is essential for doing business as a corporation.
  • Copy of your national identification card /passport/refugee recognition card.

  4. The Ward licensing officer will come to inspect where the business will be.

  5. Determination of licensing fee to be paid by the ward licensing officer. This again is informed by the         Turkana County Finance Act 021 which categorize business and zones with different rates according to the nature of the business.

 6. Approval and stamping of single business permits and entering of the information into the county revenue-collection system.

 7. The Ward Licensing Office will make the Invoice and you will pay at the same office. If it is through E-citizen, you pay through the generated pay bill via M-PESA.

 8. After paying, the single business permit is signed and collected.


For more Legal assistance and information on the same please contact the Norwegian Refugee Council Kakuma office on 0703503744

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