Legal compliance for limited companies in Kenya

To register a business in Kenya, you need to follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Business Name Search: Conduct a search to ensure that the desired business name is available. This can be done online through the eCitizen platform (
  2. Obtain a Business Name Registration Form: Download the Business Name Registration Form (Form BN/2) from the eCitizen platform .
  3. Fill Out the Form: Complete the Business Name Registration Form with accurate information. This includes the proposed business name, nature of the business, physical and postal addresses, contact details, and the names and addresses of the partners or proprietors.
  4. Pay the Registration Fee: Pay the required business name registration fee at any designated bank. The fee depends on the type of business you are registering.
  5. Submit the Application online via the e-citizen portal
  6. Verification and Approval: The Registrar will verify the application and conduct a search to ensure that the proposed business name is not already registered. If everything is in order, the business name will be approved.
  7. Certificate Issuance: Once the business name is approved, a Certificate of Registration will be issued. This certificate serves as proof of registration and should be prominently displayed at the business premises.
  8. Business Permits and Licenses: Depending on the nature of your business activities, you may need to obtain additional permits and licenses from the relevant government agencies. Examples include a single business permit from the county government and sector-specific licenses from regulatory bodies.

It’s important to note that if you plan to register a company as opposed to a business name, the process is different. Company registration in Kenya involves more steps and requirements, such as drafting articles of association, appointing directors, and issuing shares.

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