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Issuance of Industrial Licence

Overview

All manufacturing enterprises are required to have an Industrial License before commencement of operations. The licence is renewed annually on or before the date of first licence issue. These licences are issued by the Industrial Licensing Authority (ILA) and the Regional Licensing Committees.

Who is eligible?

Any enterprise registered in Botswana and individuals who are above the age of 18 years. However, the following activities are reserved for citizens of Botswana or for companies that are wholly owned by citizens of Botswana if on a small scale or as a joint venture on medium/large scale;

No.

Activity

1

Manufacturing of school uniforms

2

Manufacturing of school furniture

3

Manufacturing of burglar bars

4

Manufacturing of protective clothing

5

Milling of sorghum

6

Manufacturing of cement bricks and baked earth (mud) bricks

7

Baking of bread and confectionery

8

Manufacturing of peanut butter

9

Bottling of water

10

Production of traditional sour milk

11

Packaging

12

Manufacturing of floor polish

13

Manufacturing of traditional leather products

14

Manufacturing of traditional crafts

15

Signage, including electronic signage

16

Fencing materials excluding gum poles

17

Manufacturing of candles

18

Ice making

19

Meat processing

How do I get this service?

For enterprises with a turnover of more than P5 million, completed forms are submitted to the Department of Industrial Affairs,

For enterprises with a turnover of less that P5 million, completed forms are submitted to the District/Town/City Council Commercial Office in your locality.

  • Download and complete the appropriate application form, submit with supporting documents to the Department of Industrial affairs or District/Town/City council commercial offices  :
  1. Application form for industrial licence  – initial application of an industrial licence
  2. Application to manufacture a new product
  3. Application to manufacture at an additional place
  4. Application to change location
  5. Application to transfer an industrial licence to another enterprise
  6. Application to pay annual fee
  • ​The application will be considered by the Industrial Licencing Authority (ILA) Board (at Headquarters) or the Licensing Committee (at District/Town/City Council), and the applicant will be notified of the outcome via mail, phone or SMS.
  • If the licence has been approved, the applicant can collect the licence from the office they applied at upon payment of applicable fees.
What supporting documents are required?
  • Application for NEW Licence:
  1. Pay administration fee
  2. A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation
  3. Shareholding documents
  4. Additional Information sheet (collected with the application form)
  5. An Environmental Impact Assessment Report/Authorisation letter from the Department of Environmental Affairs
  6. Approval/clearance/recommendation from Environmental Health from the Local authority/council
  7. An approval/authorisation letter from Physical planning office
  8. Lease agreement/proof of plot ownership
  9. Copies of national  identity card/passport for both foreign and citizen shareholders
  10. Commitment letter from a licensed waste carrier and a valid copy of the waste carrier’s license or proof of payment for waste collection from the council
  11. Provide clearance/recommendation/authorisation letter from; 

-Environmental & Occupational Health Division (Ministry of Health & Wellness) for Chemicals

-Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security for animal and plant related products feeds

-Nutrition and Food Control (Ministry of Health and Wellness) for food and beverages

 

  • Application to manufacture a new product:
  1. Additional Information Sheet (collected with the application form)
  2. An Environmental Impact Assessment Report/Authorisation letter from the Department of Environmental Affairs
  3. Approval/clearance/recommendation from Environmental Health from the Local authority/council
  4. Commitment letter from a licensed Waste carrier and a valid copy of the waste carrier’s license or proof of payment for waste collection from the council
  5. Proof of last payment
  6. Pay administration fee

 

  • Application to manufacture at an additional place:
  1. Additional information sheet
  2. Approval/clearance/recommendation from Environmental health from the Local authority/council
  3. An approval/authorisation letter from Physical planning office
  4. An Environmental Impact Assessment Report/Authorisation letter from the Department of Environmental Affairs
  5. Commitment letter from a licensed waste carrier and a valid copy of the waste carrier’s license or proof of payment for waste collection from the council
  6. Lease agreement /proof of plot ownership
  7. Proof of last payment
  8. Pay administration fee

 

  • Application to change location:
  1. Approval/Clearance/Recommendation from Environmental Health from the Local Authority/Council
  2. An approval/authorisation letter from Physical Planning Office
  3. An Environmental Impact Assessment Report/Authorisation letter from the Department of Environmental Affairs
  4. Commitment letter from a licensed Waste carrier and a valid copy of the waste carrier’s license or proof of payment for waste collection from the council
  5. Lease agreement/ proof of plot ownership
  6. Proof of last payment
  7. Pay administration fee

 

  • Application to transfer a Licence:
  1. Completion of form AIL 1 in duplicate by the transferee
  2. Certificate of Incorporation of the transferee
  3. Shareholding documents of the transferee
  4. Commitment letter from a licensed waste carrier and a valid copy of the waste carrier’s license or proof of payment for waste collection from the council
  5. Proof of last payment
  6. Pay administration fee
  7.  If transfer is to a different location also include;
  • Environmental health recommendation/authorisation letter
  • An approval/authorisation letter from Physical Planning Office
  • An Environmental Impact Assessment Report/Authorisation letter from the Department of Environmental Affairs
  • Lease agreement/proof of plot ownership

 

  • Application for notice of change of name:
  1. Certificate of Change of Name
  2. Proof of last payment
  3. Shareholding documents
  4. Pay administration fee

 

  • Application to pay annual fee:
  1. Proof of last payment
  2. Copy of industrial licence
  3. Latest Financial statements
How long will this service take?

Five (5) working days.

How much does it cost?

No.

Service

Cost (BWP)

1.

Administration fee

50.00

2.

New Licence

200.00

3.

Manufacturing  a new product

100.00

4.

Manufacturing at an additional place

200.00

5.

Change of location

200.00

6.

Transfer of a Licence

200.00

7.

Notice of change of name

200.00

8.

Payment of annual fee

200.00

9.

Duplicate licence

100.00

Where can I obtain this service?

For enterprises with a turnover of more than P5 million, completed forms are submitted to the Department of Industrial Affairs.

Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry

Department of Industrial Affairs

Plot 54380, Central Business District, Gaborone

Private Bag 0014

Gaborone

Tel: 3957406/3995200

For enterprises with a turnover of less that P5 million, completed forms are submitted to the District/Town/City Council Commercial Office in your locality.

Town Clerk

Gaborone City Council

Private Bag 0089

Gaborone     

Tel: (267)3657400/365744/3657413

Fax: (267) 3900141                                                  

 

Town Clerk

City of Francistown Council

Private Bag 0040

Francistown

Tel: (267) 2411050 Ext. 965

Fax: (267) 2412427

 

Council Secretary

Kweneng District Council

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Molepolole

Tel: (267) 5920200/201

Fax: (267) 5920287/5920207/5920858

 

Town Clerk - Commercial Office

Selibe Phikwe Town Council

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Selibe Phikwe                   

Tel: (267) 2610570

Fax: (267) 2614854

 

Town Clerk - Commercial Office

Jwaneng Town Council

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Jwaneng

Tel: (267) 5880303

Fax: (267) 5882609

 

Council Secretary

North East District Council

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Masunga

Tel: (267) 2489242

Fax: (267) 2489290/263

 

Town Clerk

Sowa Town Council

Private Bag SOW 1

Sowa

Tel: (267) 6213440

Fax: (267) 6213425

 

Council Secretary

Central District Council      

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Serowe                                     

Tel: (267) 4630411  

Fax: (267) 4635469 

 

Council Secretary     

Northwest District Council

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 Maun                                                                   

Tel: (267) 6860241

Fax: (267) 6860029

 

Council Secretary

Southern District Council

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Kanye

Tel: (267) 5440217

Fax: (267) 5440103/02/5403307

 

Council Secretary

Kgatleng District Council

Private Bag 11                  

Mochudi                          

Tel: (267) 5777963  

Fax: (267) 5777216 

 

Council Secretary

Chobe District Council

Private Bag K30

Kasane                  

Tel: (267) 6250275/6

Fax: (267) 6250368

 

Council Secretary

Kgalagadi District Council

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Tsabong

Tel: (267) 6540061/254/6540381

Fax: (267) 6540259

 

Council Secretary

Ghanzi District Council

Private Bag 15

Ghanzi         

Tel: (267) 6592057/6596216/6596688

Fax: (267) 6596420 

 

Council Secretary

South East District Council

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Ramotswa

Tel: (267) 5390251/061/

Fax: (267) 5390201/5380603

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Palapye Administrative Authority

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Palapye                  

Tel: (267) 4921092  

Fax: (267) 4921541

         

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Mahalapye Sub-District Council

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Mahalapye

Tel: (267) 4713323

Fax: (267) 4713205

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary               

Tonota Sub-District Council          

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Tonota         

Tel: (267) 2484220

Fax: (267) 2485861

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary – Commercial Office   

Tlokweng Sub-District Council

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Tlokweng

Tel: (267) 3925242

Fax: (267) 3928809

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary           

Tutume Sub-District Council

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Tutume                 

Tel: (267) 298721/2987391

Fax: (267) 2987626/2987533                  

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Boteti Sub-District Council

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Letlhakane

Tel: (267) 2978278

Fax: (267) 2978234

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Bobirwa Sub-District Council        

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Bobonong                        

Tel: (267) 2619274/2629037        

Fax: (267) 2619296 

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Okavango Sub-District Council

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Gumare

Tel: (267) 6874040

Fax: (267) 6874199

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Mogoditshane/Thamaga Sub-District  Council

Private Bag 006

Mogoditshane

Tel: (267) 3105615/3910291         

Fax: (267) 3105617 

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary 

Moshupa Sub-District Council

Private Bag 004

Moshupa

Tel: (267) 5449270

Fax: (267) 5449296

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Mabutsane Sub District Council

Private Bag 04        

Mabutsane    

Tel: (267) 5889219  

Fax: (267) 5889211

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Good hope Sub-District Council

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Good hope

Tel: (267) 5404183/5486232

Fax: (267) 5404157/5486241

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Letlhakeng Sub-District Council

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Letlhakeng             

Tel: (267) 5943013/5943164

Fax: (267) 5943171

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary                    

Charles Hill Sub-District Council

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Charles Hill

Tel: (267) 6592057

Fax: (267) 6592246

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary                         

Molepolole/Lentsweletau Administrative Authority

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Molepolole              

Tel: (267) 5922114/ 5910623

Fax: (267) 5920287

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary 

Hukuntsi Sub-District Council

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Hukuntsi

Tel: (267) 6510249            

Fax: (267) 6510244           

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Maun Administrative Authority

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Maun

Tel: (267) 6861729  

Fax: (267) 6863214

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Kanye Administrative Authority

Private Bag 11

Kanye

Tel: (267) 5403319  

Fax: (267) 5440625/5440103

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Serowe Administrative Authority

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Serowe

Tel: (267) 4600223  

Fax: (267) 4631136

 

Senior Assistant Council Secretary

Tsabong Sub-District Council

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Tsabong

Tel: (267) 6540061  

Fax: (267) 6540259

Where can I get more information on this Service

Ministry Public Relations office

Public Relations office

Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry

Plot 54380

Central Business District (CBD)

Private Bag 004

Gaborone

Tel. (267) 3601200

 

Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry

Department of Industrial Affairs

Plot 54380, Central Business District, Gaborone

Private Bag 0014

Gaborone

Tel: 3957406/3995200

Fax: 39729109

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