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Health Trade License | HTL

An issued Health Trade license is valid for one year and application for renewal must be filed before thirty days (30 days) of expiry date. For renewal same application will be filed after selection of renewal option and for renewal one additional documen


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The businessperson who is involved in trading activities such As restaurants, Eating House, hotels, guest houses, tea/coffee shops, cafes, boarding houses, canteens, theatres, cinemas, theater, auditoriums, theatres, laundry, dry cleaner, salon, beauty salon, clubs, dance hall, spas, gyms, fitness clubs, gas pumps cum service stations, general store, temporary market, pastry and confectionery shops, floor factory, food sellers in the form of fruit/fruit shops/vegetable shops / packed food/ meat/ chicken/ poultry need to obtain Health Trade License from the respective municipal authority.

This is license is permission from the municipal authority to carry on the respective business in the municipal area.

Ease of doing business led India to become a more popular destination for the establishment of the business. Numerous domestic and foreign entrepreneurs are exploring various avenues for establishing their companies. This process involves a great deal of investment not only in terms of time, resources and expertise but also in the procurement of necessary licenses and permits at the federal, state and municipal levels.

For performing any trade business in India the trader has to obtain the required license for it and Health Trade License is one of the primary licenses which need to be obtained before proceeding for the business.

Who needs Health Trade License (HTL):

Trade License is a certificate that grants permission to carry out specific business or trade for which it is issued. It helps to ensure that no one is adversely impacted by any trade or business' nuisance and health hazards. By issuing the concerned state's General Trade license and Health Trade License Municipal Corporation ensures that these establishments comply with the hygiene and safety standards that are important to public health. Municipal Corporation issues General Trade / Storage License to Traders / Establishment for Allowable Trade Activities. Business carrying out activities like

➲ Barber Shop/Hair Saloon

➲  Beauty Parlour

➲  Gymnasium

➲  Health Club

➲  SPA

➲  Milk and Milk Products

➲  Pan shop

➲  Cold Storage

➲  Bakery and Confectionary products

➲  Daily needs and goods

➲  Ice depot

➲  Ice cream Parlour

➲  Guest House

➲  Three stars and Five-star hotel

➲  Dharamshala

➲  Hotel with a restaurant

➲  Dhaba

➲  Fruit Juice cafe

➲  Catering

➲  Coffee house

➲  Fast Food corner

Need to have a health trade license to run these businesses.

Benefits of HTL:

➲ It is Municipal approval for performing business

➲ Will help in applying for other licenses

➲ It is one of the primary basic licenses

 A business entity will enjoy greater popularity than an unregistered organization and will draw buyers and investors.

➲ This protects owners from other forms of liability

➲ Enterprises with better business practice attract different investment groups and other organizations In order to conduct an ethical business, the individual can apply for Trade License Registration to ensure safety measures and guidelines

➲ If a person fails to obtain a trade license as required by law and starts any company, a government can impose fines and penalties on that person. It can also result in a business like that being closed.

Step for obtaining License

Step 1 Go to the municipal corporation portal of respective state (like for Delhi go to www.ndmc.gov.in

Step 2 Select for applying for Health Trade License

Step 3 Fill up the application form with required information and attachments

Step 4 Filled form will appear to check the filled detail and proceed for payment of Government fees

Step 5 after successful of payment your application will be under verification of municipal authority

Step 6 Once verification will complete license will be issued in the name of entity/concern

Documents required for Health Trade License:

➲PAN card/TIN Number

➲ Ownership proof (tenancy/Lease deed/ Regd Purchase deed)

➲ Last Electric And Water Bill Copy

➲ Fire NOC (if applicable)

➲ Site plan/ Sanctioned Plan

➲ Medical Certificate of Staff

➲ Undertaking / Self-declaration

➲ Proof of change of land use


An issued Health Trade license is valid for one year and application for renewal must be filed before thirty days (30 days) of the expiry date.

For renewal same application will be filed after selection of renewal option and for renewal one additional document will be needed that is existing license copy. If the renewal process is delayed, then fine may be attracted depending on the issuing authority's rules and regulations.

Documents that must be submitted for license renewal –

➲  Trade License Original copy;

➲  Challans OF preceding year;

➲  Receipt of land tax charged up to the present date

Consequences of non-obtaining HTL

If an individual starts a business without obtaining a Trade License, the government imposes penal provisions in the form of fees and penalties on such individuals. Additionally, it also contributes to business shutdown. In the layman language, if the person starts the business and fails to comply with the rules and regulations laid down by the Government and the Authority concerned, that person shall be liable for the penalty as prescribed by the Government.

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