Step 3: Register the Business

Businesses must be registered with the Business Registration Office of the Inland Revenue Department within one month of starting business.

Once you have registered your business, you must display your Business Registration Certificate at your place of business.

Easy Registration
Applications for company incorporations includes a simultaneous application for business registrations. Apart from the incorporation documents, you must also deliver the following to the Company Registry (CR) when you make your application for company incorporation:

  • A Notice to Business Registration Office (IRBR1)
  • Business registration fee: Please refer to the business registration fee and levy table for current charges.
  • Levy to the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund: HK$150 for a one-year certificate; HK$450 for a three-year certificate*

*Please note there might be some concessions from time to time. 

Processing Times
Applications for business registration made in paper form will have their business registration certificates issued in 30 minutes over the counter, or in two working days by post.

Business registration certificates applied under the one-stop company incorporation and business registration service will be issued together with the Certificate of Incorporation by CR, normally within one hour for online applications or four working days for hard copy applications.

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