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Premise License

Updated: Feb 8

Business Premise Licenses and Signboard Licenses

Business Premise Licenses and Signboard Licenses are general licenses applicable to any business and will apply when the investor decides to start a business in Malaysia.

Businesses in Malaysia are required to apply for business premises licenses and signboard licenses from the respective State Authorities. The requirements for the application may vary according to each local authority.

Premise Licence

Premise licence is a licence issued to a premise to carry on any trade, business, and industrial activities.

Composite License

Composite license is a combination of a premise license and a premise signage advertising license.

Criteria Required for a Premise to Apply for a License

1. The premises are within the administrative area of Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

2. Not in a residential area/zone.

Procedures to Apply for a Business Premises License

Application can be made online through

Attach the following documents:

  • A copy of Company's/Organisation's Business Registration (Form 9 & 49 or Form D together with business and owner's information)

  • A copy of applicant’s identity card / passport

  • Visual (coloured) of a signboard advertisement that has been approved by Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka and a picture of the location of the advertisement (if applicable)

  • 2 pictures of the premises (inside and outside), in colour, 4R size with different angles

Other supporting document that needs to be submitted:


Supporting Document

Activities on lot land/ open space/ individual building/ change of use

Copy of Development Order (DO)


Copy of Development Order (DO) for entertainment activities

Nursery / daycare center

Copy of Certificate / Letter of Approval from Department of Social Welfare


Copy of Development Order (DO); Copy of Certificate of Fitness (CF) / Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC)

University / college / school / kindergarten / tuition centre

Copy of certificate / letter of approval from Ministry of Education

Money changer/ lenders/ number forecast

Copy of certificate / letter of approval from Central Bank / Ministry of Housing and Local Government / Ministry of Finance


Copy of Annual Practicing Certificate / Establishment License

Cyber cafe

Copy of Letter of Approval / Support from Ministry of Youth and Sports or Esports Kuala Lumpur Association

Application for non-citizen ownership

Copy of letter of support from Investment Development Authority or Regulatory Authority such as MITI / MIDA / KPDNHEP / INVESTKL / Central Bank / Agency or; Copy of Franchise Registration from Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs

Business activities in traditional villages

Copy of Lease Agreement / Permission letter from land owner

License Fee Charges

License fee rates are according to the categories as below:


License Fee (square meter (sm))



Business Trades








Workshops and Engineering Work


Agriculture and Livestock




How Bestar can Help

Bestar can help you with the premise license application process in a number of ways, including:

  • Understanding the requirements: We can help you determine what type of license you need and what the specific requirements are.

  • Completing the application: We can help you complete the application form and gather all the necessary documentation.

  • Liaising with the authorities: We can liaise with the relevant authorities on your behalf.

  • Ensuring compliance: We can help you ensure that you are complying with all the relevant regulations.

Bestar is a firm of chartered accountants based in Malaysia. We offer a wide range of accounting services, including assistance with business registration, taxation, and auditing. We can also help you with your premise license application.

Contact Bestar. Tell us the type of business you are operating and the location of your premises. Get a quote for our services.

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