Updated: Jun 12, 2022
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 is a licence issued to a premise to carry on any trade, business, and industrial activities.
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 https://elesen.dbkl.gov.my
Attach the following documents:
i. A copy of Company's/Organisation's Business Registration (Form 9 & 49 or Form D together with business and owner's information)
ii. A copy of applicant’s identity card / passport
iii. 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)
iv. 2 pictures of the premises (inside and outside), in colour, 4R size with different angles
Other supporting document that needs to be submitted:
Activity Supporting Document
Activities on lot land/ open space/ individual building/ change of use: Copy of Development Order (DO)
Entertainment: Copy of Development Order (DO) for entertainment activities
Nursery / daycare center: Copy of Certificate / Letter of Approval from Department of Social Welfare
Hotel: 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
Clinic: 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:
Categories License Fee (square meter (sm))
Business Trades RM3.00/sm
Workshops and Engineering Work RM5.00/sm
Agriculture and Livestock RM3.00/sm
If you would like to know more, please contact Bestar.