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Shop License (Gumasta) under the Bombay Shops & Establishment Act, 1948

Shops & Establishments Act Registration

The Shops and Establishments Act regulates conditions of work, lists rights of employees in the unorganized sector and provides a list of obligations for every employer. It applies nationwide to shops, commercial establishments, hotels, restaurants, eating houses, theatres and other places of public amusement or entertainments. Every shop and establishment is required to register itself under the Act within 30 days of commencement of work, whether or not it has employees.

Shops & Establishments Act is required by all business entities, including sole proprietors working out of their homes. If you're trying to raise investment, get a loan for the business or even something as simple as a current account, you need to be registered under the Shops & Establishments Act.


Getting a Shops & Establishments Act Registration is easy and can be completed in 7 working days without any interaction with the authorities. Here's a look at the process:

1. Send in Details

You need to send in only soft copies of basic documents such as the PAN cards, identity and address proofs of the proprietor/partners/directors. In case of a private limited company or limited liability partnership, the PAN card of the business must also be furnished. Details of employees will also need to be submitted.

Time to Complete: 1 day

2. Application Filing

We will file the application with the issuing authority, the local Municipal Corporation. You will not need to meet the authorities at any point. We will handle the process for you.

Time to Complete: 2 working days

3. Registration under the Act

Within 5 to 7 working days, we will give you a basic acknowledgement. If the documents are not in order or the inspector asks for additional documents, the process will be completed as soon as you submit the additional documents. The hard copy is issued within 10 days in major cities, but would take 15 to 20 days elsewhere.

Time to Complete: 10 to 20 working days

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