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What is the business that would need a license or permit to operate in Singapore?

Business Licenses

What is the business that would need a license or permit to operate in Singapore?

Which business sectors are subject to licensing in Singapore. A broad list of licenses in Singapore.


There are various types of businesses that would need licenses to operate in Singapore. We have listed few of them below.

  • Running supermarkets, pharmacies, and telecommunication stores
  • Construction business – There are several permits, approvals, and licenses applicable here.
  • Trading Activities – A trading company has various procedures, and many licenses must be required, like import/export licenses.
  • Hotel business or boarding house
  • Spa – A Massage Establishment License is required in Singapore to offer massage services, foot reflexology, manicure-pedicure treatments, spa baths, etc.
  • Employment agencies
  • Travel agencies
  • Restaurants
  • Shipping /maritime business
  • Event management company
  • Real estate agency
  • Publishing business
  • Private education business that includes, childcare centers, kindergartens, academic schools, and non-academic schools.

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S$1,500

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