Any person who owns or operates a business in The Bahamas is required to apply for and obtain a business licence in compliance with the Business Licence Act 2010.  Applications are completed online at

Supporting documents and approvals from other agencies are required when completing the online application.  The approval process is normally within seven (7) working days, providing all required information and documentation has been submitted correctly.


Below is a snapshot of how the new Business Licence appears:


The Business Licence Department is located at the Department of Inland Revenue on Carmichael Road behind the Shops at Carmichael Plaza- Nassau, Bahamas.  In addition to the Nassau office, the Department has branches in the following islands:

    • Freeport, Grand Bahama
    • Marsh Harbour, Abaco
    • Lower Bogue, Eleuthera
    • Hooper’s Bay, Exuma.
    • Simms, Long Island

For more information, view the options under  the Business Licence tab