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Application of Business License

How to apply a business license

In order to start the business operation, you need to apply business license from the respective local councils: City Council of Penang Island (Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang, MBPP) for Penang Island, and Seberang Perai Municipal Council (Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai, MPSP) for the Penang Mainland. The types of business license are depending on the types of business that you would like to operate.

Types of Activity that Requires Business Licence:

  • Food Establishments
  • Trades, Businesses and Industries
  • Massage Parlours
  • Cow/Horse Sheds
  • Pig Rearing
  • Private Markets
  • Private Car Parks
  • Advertisements
  • Advertisements (Temporary) Banners/Streamers
  • Garages
  • Public Entertainment Places
  • Hawkers
  • Stalls along Public Roads/Stalls on Private Land
  • Seasonal Stalls
  • Non-motorised Vehicles
  • Dogs
  • Petty Trading
  • Public Trishaws/Public Trishaw Peddlers
  • Market Stalls, Temporary Hawkers’ Sites and Complexes
  • Factories
  • Hotels
License Fee:
License fees are subjected to types of activity / business.

Please visit the website of respective municipal council for detailed guidelines and application forms

City Council of Penang Island (Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang, MBPP) Licensing Department.

Address: Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang
Paras 17, KOMTAR, Jalan Penang, 10675, Pulau Pinang
Tel: 04-259 2020
Fax: 04-262 6260


Seberang Perai Municipal Council (Majlis Perbandaran Seberang Perai, MPSP) Licensing Department

Address: Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai
Jalan Perda Utama, Bandar Perda, 14000 Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang
Tel: 04-549 7555
Fax: 04-538 9700

(Source: MBPP and MPSP websites, updated October 2019)