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S.N. License Licensing Body
1 Approval for alloting mushroom billets
Purpose To regulate felling of trees
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Forest Protection and Enforcement Division
2 Approval for Establishment of Day Care Centre / ECCD Centre
Purpose To ensure that private Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Centres follow minimum requirements and standards specified in the Guidelines for establishment of Private ECCD Centres in Bhutan.
Ministry of Education, Department of School Education
3 Approval for Establishment of Private Schools
Purpose To ensure that private schools follow minimum requirement and standards specific in the Guidelines for establishment of private schools in Bhutan. It also serves as a prerequisite for obtaining a trade licence from the Regional Trade & Industry Office, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Ministry of Education, Department of School Education
4 Approval for Establishment of Training Providers (TVET)
Purpose To register all new TVET training institutes in the country
Ministry of Labour and Human Resources
5 Approval for the Establishment of Private Colleges
Purpose To ensure establishment of standard private colleges in the country that can deliver quality tertiary education.
Ministry of Education, Department of Adultand Higher Education
6 Authorization for Establishment of Dairy Farm, Poultry Farm, Piggery and Fishery
Purpose To ensure economic feasibility of the business and to keep track of the esablishments or farms so that they can be monitored for quality and disease control etc.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Department of Livestock
7 Authorization of Money Changers
Purpose To facilitate foreign nationals to convert other currencies into local currency and to avoid paralled market for currency change. Also to streamline the operation and development of informal houses and black market.
Royal Monetary Authority
8 Bowling Alleys
Purpose To regulate the type and standard of the places of entertainment
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
9 Broadcasting License
Purpose Regulate the contents and standard of broadcasting
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
10 Business License
Purpose Licence to operate and to safeguard the interest of policy holders
Royal Monetary Authority
11 Cable Television License
Purpose To regulate the quality, tariff and area of coverage of services in the country
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
12 Certificate for Brokers
Purpose To train brokers on operational aspects so that they have the required knowledge and skills
Royal Securities Exchange of Bhutan
13 Certificate for Export of Livestock Products
Purpose To confirm that the products exported are in line with specific requirements of the importing county
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
14 Certificate of Incorporation
Purpose To register and give legal entity to all the companies and also to ensure that incorporated companies comply with provision of the Company Act.
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Industry, Company Registry Division
15 Certificate of Registration for Foreign Workers Recruitment Agent
Purpose To streamline the recruitment of foreign workers and control illegal immigrants
MoLHR, Department of Labour
16 Certificate of Registration of Precursor Chemicals
Purpose To ensure accountability and control of illicit activities of chemicals
Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency
17 Citizenship ID Card
Purpose For identification as genuine Bhutanese citizens
Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Department of Civil Registration & Census
18 Clearance for Establishment of Educational Consultancy and Placement Firm
Purpose Placement of Students in reputed and qualified institutions abroad
Ministry of Education, Department of Adultand Higher Education
19 Clearance for Government Reserved Forest Land for Lease
Purpose To uphold the constitutional mandate of maintaining 60% forest cover in the country for all times to come. To prevent adverse environment impact and protect wildlife habitat and watershed.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Divisional Forest Office
20 Clearance for Government Reserved Land for Lease
Purpose Identify designated areas as government reserve land, authorize lease, register lease and legalizing he lease and documenting it.
National Land Commission
21 Clearance Letter for Tour Operators
Purpose To ensure that there is no duplication of names. It serves as a simple, yet important purpose of advising the RTIOs about the applicant's name, nationality, and the name of the business entity as registered with them.
Tourism Council of Bhutan, Services Division/Operation Division
22 Commercial Banking License
Purpose To safeguard the interest of depositors, investors and promoters
Royal Monetary Authority
23 Construction material Brand Approval Certificate
Purpose To ensure that construction materials (both local and imported) comply to minimum safety standards (Indian Standards taken as reference) and have passed all necessary tests.
Standard and Quality Control Authority
24 Discotheque License
Purpose To regulate the type and standard of the places of entertainment
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
25 Drayang
Purpose To regulate the type and standard of the places of entertainment
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
26 Entry Permit
Purpose To facilitate entry/exit of foreign nationals into the country. It is issued to Indians, Bangladeshi,Maldivian Nationals and holder of Thai official and Diplomatic Passports
Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs
27 Environmental Clearance Certificate
Purpose To ensure that all development activities take into account the environment concerns right from the planning stage through implementation and decommissioning. Environmental clearance is a prerequisite to the issuance of a development consent
National Environment Commission Secretariat
28 FDI Project Approval
Purpose To ensure establishment of FDI projects that would promote capital inflow, foster transfer of technology, expand market and international trade, enhance foreign exchange and thereby promote private sector development.
Ministry of Economic Affair, Department of Industry, FDI Division
29 Food Establishment Clerance
Purpose Prevent spread of diseases through food products. To ensure basic food safety knowledge and protect consumer health by ensuring hygiene and sanitary standards.
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
30 Food Handlers Certificate
Purpose To ensure basic food safety knowledge to hoteliers.
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
31 Food Handlers License
Purpose To promote basic food safety knowledge and protect consumer health by ensuring hygiene and sanitary standards.
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
32 General Certificate of Origin
Purpose To certify the origin of the product
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Trade
33 General Forest Produce Movement Order
Purpose Ensure that there is no misuse of forest product resources and to monitor efficient utilization and equitable distribution. Further it is to control negative environment impact and protect wildlife habitat and catchment areas. It is also for the purpose of record/ to build database.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Divisional Forest Office
34 Generalized System of Preference (GSP) Certificate of Origin
Purpose To certify the origin of products and to get duty preference for export products limited to EU,USA,Japan,Canada,etc
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Trade
35 Guide License
Purpose To monitor and ensure that tour operators engage trained guides and that these guides provide quality services.
Tourism Council of Bhutan, Services Division
36 ICT Equipment Dealership Certificate
Purpose To standardize the ICT equipment in the market and avoid sub-standard equipment.
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
37 ICT Facility License
Purpose To regulate the standard of ICT Facilities in the country and to regulate the tariff
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
38 ICT Service License
Purpose To regualate the quality, tariff and area of coverage of ICT services in the country
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
39 Import Authorization for Precursor Chemicals
Purpose To ensure accountability, transparency for the usage of precurser chemicals by firms/retailers and to ensure precurser chemicals are not used for illicit production of drugs
Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency
40 Import Duty Exemption Certificate
Purpose To identify the organization/person availing the exemption
Department of Revenue and Customs, Tax Aministration Division
41 Import House Registration
Purpose To streamline management of third country import. To Facilitate import business and monitor foreign exchange.
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Trade
42 Import License
Purpose Facilitate import business in accordance with Trade Agreements. To ensure proper management of third country imports. To build reliable source of trade statistics.
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Trade
43 Import Permit for animal slaughter
Purpose To ensure public health by ensuring import of quality products
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
44 Import Permit for dressed chicken, pork, mutton, fish & crustaceans
Purpose To protect consumer health by ensuring quality products which is fit for human consumption
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
45 Import Permit for Processed Livestock Products
Purpose To protect consumer health by ensuring quality products which is fit for human consuption
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
46 Import Permit for Seeds, Seedlings and Ornamental Plants
Purpose To ensure only permissible varieties and plant species enter the country. To safeguard spread and establishment of exotic pest/diseases including seeds.
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
47 Import Permit of Livestock Breeding and Rearing
Purpose Ensure quality and appropriate breed of animals are propagaed and to control zoonotic diseases in the country
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
48 Import Permit of Pet Animals
Purpose Ensure quality and appropriate breed of animals and to control zoonotic diseases in the country
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
49 In-country Movement Permit
Purpose To facilitate movement of livestock within the country
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
50 Industrial Project Approval
Purpose Approval is required for checking the proposed industrial projects are in line with industrial development plans of the country and also for issuance of licence
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Industry
51 Industry License for Contract
Purpose To formalize and record businesses by giving legal entity
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Trade & Industry Office
52 Industry License for PAM
Purpose To formalize and record businesses by giving legal entity
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Trade & Industry Office
53 Industry License for Service
Purpose To formalize and record businesses by giving legal entity
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Trade & Industry Office
54 International Filming Permit
Purpose To grant permission to international film makers to film in Bhutan
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
55 International Journalist Accreditation
Purpose To provide entry permit to the international journalists for various media purposes
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
56 Journalist Accreditation (National)
Purpose To ensure that journalist have access to press releases and to important national events
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
57 Karaoke
Purpose To regulate the type and standard of the places of entertainment
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
58 Leasing of Mine and Quarry
Purpose Granting permit to mine/quarry in a specified area
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Geology & Mines
59 License for Broker firm, Brokers and Broker's Rep
Purpose To safegauad the public interest by facilitating smooth trading on the stock exchange
Royal Monetary Authority
60 License to generate electricity
Purpose To ensure safety by ascertaining that the proponent has the required capacity
Bhutan Electricity Authority
61 License to operate electricity system
Purpose To ensure safety by ascertaining that the proponent has the required capacity
Bhutan Electricity Authority
62 License to supply electricity
Purpose To ensure safety by ascertaining that the proponent has the required capacity
Bhutan Electricity Authority
63 License to trade electricity
Purpose To ensure safety by ascertaining that the proponent has the required capacity
Bhutan Electricity Authority
64 License to transmit electricity
Purpose To ensure safety by ascertaining that the proponent has the required capacity
Bhutan Electricity Authority
65 Liquor Shop License
Purpose To control distribution of alcoholic items and ensure bars, restaurants, hotels etc. to buy alcohol only from an approved vendor.
Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue and Custom
66 Local Film Certificate for Public Exhibition
Purpose To certify National films for public exhibition in Bhutan
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
67 Location Clearance
Purpose To ensure that industrial project are located in areas designated by the local government
Dzongkhags and Thromde Offices
68 Medical Fitness Certificate
Purpose To check and certify that a person is medically and physically fit or not.
Ministry of Health, JDWNRH
69 Micro Trade Registration Certificate
Purpose To formalize and record businesses by giving legal entity
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Trade & Industry Office
70 Movie Hall
Purpose To regulate the type and standard of the places of entertainment
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
71 National Filming Permit
Purpose To grant permission to national film makers to film in Bhutan
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
72 Passenger Transport Route Permit
Purpose To provide certificate of routes and to ensure safety and standards and to ensure only authorized public transport services operate on specific routes.
Ministry of Information & Communication, Road Safety and Trasnport Authority
73 Permit for Artifacts
Purpose To monitor transaction and control export of antique goods.
Textile Museum
74 Permit for collection of minerals
Purpose To allow the surface collection of mineral from riverbed and other places without use of excavating machinery
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Geology & Mines
75 Permit for collection of NWFPs
Purpose Ensure that there is no misuse of forest product resources and to monitor efficient utilization and equitable distribution. Further it is to control negative environment impact and protect wildlife habitat and catchment areas. It is also for the purpose of record/ to build database.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Divisional Forest Office
76 Permit for standing trees/burr for handicraft items
Purpose To control quantity and number of trees for such activities. To avoid/reduce random collection by restricting to specific locations
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Forest Protection and Enforcement Division
77 Permit for surface collection
Purpose Ensure that there is no misuse of forest product resources and to monitor efficient utilization and equitable distribution. Further it is to control negative environment impact and protect wildlife habitat and catchment areas. It is also for the purpose of record/ to build database.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Divisional Forest Office
78 Permit for Timber Allotment
Purpose To extract timber from inaccessible areas and to facilitate timber need for government infrastructure development
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Forest Protection and Enforcement Division
79 Permit for Timber/Firewood/Poles/Fencing/Support Post (rural)
Purpose Ensure that there is no misuse of forest product resources and to monitor efficient utilization and equitable distribution. Further it is to control negative environment impact and protect wildlife habitat and catchment areas. It is also for the purpose of record/ to build database.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Divisional Forest Office
80 Permit to survey
Purpose To ensure safety by ascertaining that the proponent has the required capacity
Bhutan Electricity Authority
81 Phytosanitary Certificate
Purpose To ensure safe and healthy material is exported as well as quality standards are met. To ensure that illegal export of endangered, prohibited and restricted items do not take place and to control invasive species coming into the country.
Ministry of Agriculture, Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority
82 Printing License
Purpose To streamline the operation of printing firms so that contents can be regulated
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
83 Professional Driving License
Purpose To ensure safety on the road, ensure drivers are thorough with traffic rules and ensure competency of commercial drivers.
Ministry of Information & Communication, Road Safety and Trasnport Authority
84 Publishing License
Purpose To regulate the publishing industry so that the contents could be regulated
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
85 Radio Communication and Spectrum License
Purpose To provide interference free wireless radio communications
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
86 Recommendation of Courier Service
Purpose For monitoring purposes and to ensure financial viability and sound understanding of customs regulations by the applicant and to keep track of applicant who has adverse record with DRC.
Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue and Custom
87 Recommendation of Customs Clearing Agent
Purpose To ensure that clearing agents comply with the provisions of the Customs Act
Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue and Custom
88 Recommendation of Hotel License
Purpose To verify that the hotel which the applicant intends to operate is registered as international tourist hotel with TCB, fulfilling all the standards and requirements specified under various tourism related rules and regulations of the country.
Tourism Council of Bhutan, Services Division/Operation Division
89 Recommendation of MOLHR (Chef, Consultant, Experts, Labour related to Hospitality Business)
Purpose To maintain standard and facilitate hotel up gradation through HR capacity building
Tourism Council of Bhutan, Services Division
90 Registration as Medicines & Medical Equipment Supplier
Purpose To ensure quality and reliable sources of Medicines & Medical Equipment suppliers in the country
Medical Supplies Procurement Division, Department of Medical Supplies & Health Infrastructure, Ministry of Health
91 Registration Certificate for Medicinal Products
Purpose To ensure quality and safety by ascertaining that medical products coming into the country are from genuine companies. Ensure quality f drugs.
Drug Regulatory Authority
92 Registration of Architects , CDB
Purpose To ensure qualified architects are engaged in designing architectural drawings. To preserve traditional Bhutanese designs and enhance professionalism and protect the interest of the clients.
Construction Development Board
93 Registration of Competent Person
Purpose To ensure that competent personnel are engaged in the sale of medicinal products so that quality and safety are ensured.
Drug Regulatory Authority
94 Registration of Construction Firms, CDB
Purpose Implement fair competition in construction industry and to identify contractor/consultant (s) with capacity to carry out work in line with best practices
Construction Development Board
95 Registration of Consultancy Firm, CDB
Purpose To promote professionalism and accountability in the construction industry.
Construction Development Board
96 Registration of Courier Service
Purpose To document service providers and to ensure that the business handle goods according to Postal Union Convention and applicant knows all regulations
Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue and Custom
97 Registration of Customs Clearing Agent
Purpose To issue tax payer number and to register and record individuals, firms, companies and business entities
Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue and Custom
98 Registration of Industrial Property Agent
Purpose To ensure that the applicant can run a professional business
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Intellectual Property Division
99 Registration of Trademark
Purpose To seek protection for trademark in Bhutan
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Intellectual Property Division
100 Registration of Training Providers (TVET)
Purpose To provide official recognition of the TVET training institutes and maintain good data base of training providers. Ensure standard, quality and employable workforce.
Ministry of Labour and Human Resources
101 SAFTA Certificate of Origin
Purpose To certify the origin of products and to get duty preference for export products limited to SAARC countries
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Trade
102 Sales Tax Collecting Agent Registration
Purpose To identify businesses who are obliged by the law to collect sale tax and ensure that the agents collect sale tax on behalf of the government efficiently at the point of sale.
Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue and Custom
103 Sales Tax Expemption Certificate
Purpose To identify the organization/person availing the exemption
Department of Revenue and Customs, Tax Aministration Division
104 Security Clearance
Purpose To check a person's character in terms of finding any adverse record with the police and the law and order. For national security and to curb criminals and convicts
Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs, Bureau of Law & Order
105 Snooker License
Purpose To regulate the type and standard of the places of entertainment
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
106 Special Permit
Purpose To regulate the movement of foreign nationals in the country
Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs
107 Tax Payer Number
Purpose To differentiate businesses with a unique number for tax purposes? It is also a requirement from MoEA when issuing import licence. Documents various business entities operating in the country.
Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue and Custom
108 Technical Authorization for Import/Export of Medical Products for License Holders
Purpose To monitor import/export of illegal and controlled drugs to ensure safety of general public.
Drug Regulatory Authority
109 Technical Authorization for Manufacture of Medicinal Products
Purpose To ensure compliance with good Manufacturing Practice for the medicines manufactured thereby assuring for the safety of the general public.
Drug Regulatory Authority
110 Technical Clearance for Import of Communication Equipment
Purpose To Regulate import of ICT and Communication equipments
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
111 Timber Transport Permit/ITMO
Purpose Authorizes the movement of timber from one place to another, controls illegal movement of timber and to prevent conversion of rural timber for commercial use. Track timber movement and on-site monitoring.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Forest Protection and Enforcement Division
112 Trade License for Retail
Purpose To formalize and record businesses by giving legal entity
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Trade & Industry Office
113 Trade License for Wholesale
Purpose To formalize and record businesses by giving legal entity
RTIO, Phuentsholing
114 Transit Permit
Purpose To facilitate movement of consignment through India
Department of Revenue & Customs, Ministry of Finance, Norzim Lam, Thimphu.
115 TROCCO (Timber Release Order cum Certificate of Origin)
Purpose To allows/authorized lifting of timber from rural to commercial and controls illegal lifting of timber without payment from NRDCL Depots. Helps in tracking timber movement and on-site monitoring
Natural Resource Development Corporation Limited
116 Video/Computer Gaming
Purpose To regulate the type and standard of the places of entertainment
Bhutan Infocom and Media Authority
117 Visa
Purpose To facilitate entry/exit of foreign nationals
Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs
118 Work Permit
Purpose Facilitate/authorize foreigners to work in the country as per Immigration Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2007 and Immigration Rules & Regulation of the country. To ensure that there are no illegal foreign workers in the country
Department of Immigration, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs
119 Work Permit Approval
Purpose To facilitate/authorize foreigners to work in the country by bringing them under the mainstream of work permit system and ensure number of foreign workers do not exceed the allowable number in the country at any given time. Further to make sure that both the employers and foreign workers abide by the provisions of the Labour and Employment Act, 2007 and its Regulations. .
MoLHR, Department of Labour

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