When doing business in Liberia, it is important to find out whether the business needs to have a permit from, register with, or make some other notification to any other public authority. Licensing and supervisory authorities may be at the district, county, or national level. When you contact an authority, keep in mind that the processing time and fees you must pay may vary.
Common licenses, permits, and tax registrations that a business may need include but are not limited to:
Zoning and land use permits, especially for new manufacturing businesses and certain home-based business operations.
Health department permits, especially if your business involves the preparation and/or sale of food.
Sales tax license for the selling of almost all products and services.
Fire department permits, especially for businesses that will attract large numbers of customers (i.e. nightclubs and bars)
Some of the relevant agencies include, but are not limited to:
Ministry of Justice (www.moj.gov.lr): Permits and clearances for all security-related companies
Ministry of Public Works (www.mpw.gov.lr): Permits and licenses for construction companies.
The Liberia Maritime Authority (http://www.lima.gov.lr): Permits and licenses for all marine-related activities.
The Land Commission (http://lla.gov.lr): Land use permits
Ministry of Mines & Energy (www.molme.gov.lr): Permit and licensure for the extractive industries
Ministry of Commerce and Industry (www.moci.gov.lr): Licensure for import and export of commodities
Ministry of Agriculture (www.moa.gov.lr)
The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority: (http://nafaa.gov.lr)
In order to start a business, it is often necessary to obtain certain licenses or certifications. This is necessary to ensure the quality of the services provided and to ensure fair competition.
In this section you can find information on the various licensing procedures applicable in Liberia: