• Industry Specific Business Licenses in Singapore

Certain business licenses in Singapore are industry-specific. They pertain to specific business activities performed by companies in Singapore. The failure to obtain any necessary license is an offense.

The Basics of Industry Specific Business Licenses in SG

Although most businesses don’t really require any sort of licensing to carry out business activities in Singapore but they do need to get themselves registered with ACRA (Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority).

On the other hand, a business license is something that allows you to operate a specific type of business in Singapore. In order to qualify for a specific type of business the company must be first registered.

Here is a brief insight into the basics of some of the most prominent industry specific business licenses in Singapore:

Retail Businesses

Licensing requirements vary based on products being sold:

  • Tobacco retail: license is issued by Health Sciences   Authority
  • Liquor: license is issued by Liquor Licensing Board
  • Telecommunication: license is issued by Infocomm Development Authority (IDA)
  • Pet shop: license is issued by Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), if you intend to use a premises for display, sale, or export of pets
  • Pharmacy: license is issued by Health Sciences Authority in Singapore
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Construction Business

Applying for a construction business can be a lengthy task. You need to contact a number of different authorities to be eligible for setting up a construction company. More importantly, you need to be registered with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for work permits in order to hire labor.


You need to acquire different licenses and approvals in order to setup a hotel in Singapore successfully. You need the principal Hotelkeeper’s license from the Hotels Licensing Board additionally you need permits for housing TVs, running a spa and selling tobacco products.


You need to acquire a Massage Establishment License to offer services like foot massage, manicure treatments, and other related services.

Medical Clinic

You need three licenses to setup a clinic and carry out medical procedures. First, you need a Medical Clinic License, which is mandatory for all clinics. Second, you need a license for dealing with hazardous chemicals and third, you need licenses to carry out medical procedures like liposuctions and abortions.

Educational Institution

Setting up an educational institution requires you to acquire a number of different licenses, which are issued by different government authorities, like the Ministry of community Development, Youth and Sports, or the Ministry of Education.

These are some of the most prominent industry specific businesses in Singapore. Singapore follows strict quality and regulatory standards in all aspects and it is in your best interest to acquire an industry specific license so that you don’t face any trouble later. Be sure to contact us if you need any help with licensing your business! Stay tuned!

The Basics of Industry Specific Business Licenses in Singapore FAQs

Can those ineligible to become company directors ever become eligible again?2020-06-24T16:18:56+08:00

Certain company directors who are ineligible may potentially become eligible again at some point in the future. Those who are ineligible because they have three or more High Court orders compelling compliance under the Companies Act within a five-year span will once again be eligible once enough time passes that the preceding no longer applies. Should those who are ineligible because of a lack of mental or physical capacity ever regain this capacity, they too will regain eligibility for director status. 

What does a foreigner have to do if he wants to register a business firm in Singapore?2020-06-24T16:18:24+08:00

A foreigner needs to apply for an Approval-In-Principle EntrePass if the foreigner wants to register a business and act as a local manager of the business firm. The foreigner must also have a Singapore residential address in the above cases. After obtaining the AIP-EP, the foreigner will have to approach a professional firm or a service bureau for submitting the BizFile transaction on his behalf to register a new business.

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