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Shop & Establishment Act

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Required Documents

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1 colour photograph of proprietor/any partner/any director

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Self attested ID Proof of proprietor/ authorized partner or director:- PAN/Aadhar/Voter ID/Driving License/Passport

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Self attested PAN Card of business entity/ PAN Card of proprietor

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Self attested Address proof of proprietor/authorized partner or director:- Utility Bill/Aadhar Card/Voter ID/Passport/Driving License

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Address proof of business premises:- Rent Deed/lease deed (if rented), Property tax receipt/ sale deed (if owned) or NOC from owner and copy of Utility bill in name of owner

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Partnership Deed/ LLP Agreement

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Incorporation Certificate of company & MOA/AOA

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Incorporation Certificate of LLP

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Resolution in case of company authorizing the responsible person

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Photo of signboard of business premises from outside elevation and also a photo of inside

Required Documents

1 colour photograph of proprietor/any partner/any director

Self attested ID Proof of proprietor/ authorized partner or director:- PAN/Aadhar/Voter ID/Driving License/Passport

Self attested PAN Card of business entity/ PAN Card of proprietor

Self attested Address proof of proprietor/authorized partner or director:- Utility Bill/Aadhar Card/Voter ID/Passport/Driving License

Address proof of business premises:- Rent Deed/lease deed (if rented), Property tax receipt/ sale deed (if owned) or NOC from owner and copy of Utility bill in name of owner

Partnership Deed/ LLP Agreement

Incorporation Certificate of company & MOA/AOA

Incorporation Certificate of LLP

Resolution in case of company authorizing the responsible person

Photo of signboard of business premises from outside elevation and also a photo of inside

Frequently Asked Question

What is meant by a Shop?

The “Shop” is a premise, where any trade or business is carried out or where services are rendered to customers. It includes office or warehouses, whether in the same premises or not, used in connection with such trade or business, but does not include a shop or office attached to a factory within the scope of factories.

What is meant by a Commercial Establishment?

A “Commercial Establishment” is:-

  • Any commercial sector establishment, such as banking, trading or insurance establishments
  • Any establishment where individuals are employed or engaged to do office work or provide service
  • The hotels, eateries and boarding houses or a smaller café or refreshment house
  • Amusement and entertainment places such as theatres and cinema halls or amusement parks

Are factories covered by Shop & Establishment Act?

Factories are not covered by the shops & establishments act as they are regulated by the Factories Act, 1948.

When should a businessman make an application for registration of shop & establishment?

In most states, the time limit to apply for shop act registration is within 30 days from the date of establishment.

Whether a separate registration of each branch is required?

Yes, each branch of a business entity needs to be registered separately irrespective of the jurisdiction of the authority.

Does a business operating without any employee need to get registration?

Yes, in most of the states, the registration is mandatory within 30 days irrespective of the number of employees. So, first the business entity should refer the state law related to shop & establishments.

Can Shop Act registration be cancelled owing to closure of the business?

In case, the shop or establishment is intended to be closed or shut down, the business entity shall intimate it to the Chief Inspector within prescribed time limit. The Chief Inspector will review the request for closure and remove the shop or commercial establishment from the register and cancel the registration certificate.

What are the records to be maintained under the Shop & Establishment Act?

Every person registered under Shop & Establishment Act is required to keep up-to-date registers regarding details of employment, fines, deductions, advances, salary, holidays etc.

What are the Government fees for shop act registration?

Fees for Shop Act registration in each state varies. Further, in the state itself, the fees depend on the number of employees and workers employed.