Register a business in Hong Kong
You need to register your business with the Business Registration Office of the Inland Revenue Department. You must register within one month of starting business.
Once you have registered your business, you must display your Business Registration Certificate at your place of business.
One stop company incorporation and business registration
To simplify the process of setting up a limited company in Hong Kong, your application for company incorporation includes a simultaneous application for business registration. Apart from the incorporation documents, you must also deliver the following to the Companies Registry when you make your application for company incorporation:
- A Notice to Business Registration Office (IRBR1)
- Business registration fee: HK$2,000 for a one-year certificate; HK$5,200 for a three-year certificate
- Levy to the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund: HK$250 for a one-year certificate; HK$750 for a three-year certificate
*There might be some concessions from time to time, please refer to the business registration fee and levy table for the current charge.
If you submit your application for business registration in paper form, your business registration certificate will be issued in 30 minutes over the counter, or in two working days by post.
Business registration certificate applied under the one-stop company incorporation and business registration service will be issued together with the Certificate of Incorporation by the Companies Registry, normally within one hour for online applications or four working days for applications delivered in hard copy form.
If you would like advice about setting up a company in Hong Kong, including information on business registration, contact InvestHK.