Steps to Follow to Establish a Business in Tanzania

Steps to Follow to Establish a Business in Tanzania

No. Step Description Estimated Time to Complete in Business Days Fee in TZS
1 Apply for clearance of the proposed company name

Agency: Business Registration and Licensing Authority (BRELA)

A business name and a company must be unique names without phonetic similarity with other existing companies. The quickest way to clear the name before formal registration via online system found at  or copy and paste the url to the browser:

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2 Obtain a notarized declaration of compliance

Agency: Notary

Public notary will notarize the declaration of compliance. Form 14b and 3 copies of Memorandum and Article of Association all together the Notaries charge inside the range of TZS 80,000-120,000.

1 80,000-120,000
3 Apply for company incorporation and obtain the certificate of incorporation

Agency: Registrar of Companies

Documents required, forms and procedures:
Form -14a (First Directors and Secretary and Intended situation of Registered Office)
Form -14b (Declaration of Compliance on Application for the Registration of a Company)
The Memorandum and Articles of Association

After the forms are documented, the certificate of incorporation is usually prepared inside 3 days. Registration forms are free.

A company can prepare its own particular articles of association yet Table An of the Schedules to the Companies is by and large adopted by companies limited by shares.

Company registration fee (based on share capital):
-Share capital from 20,000 to 1,000,000: TZS 95,000.
-Share capital from 1,000,000 to 5,000,000: TZS 175,000.
-Share capital from 5,000,000 to 20,000,000: TZS 260,000.
-Share capital from 20,000,000 to 50,000,000: TZS 290,000.
-Share capital 50,000,000 and over: TZS 440,000.

Filing fee: TZS 66,000: 22,000 for every document

Stamp duty fee:
-Original memorandum and articles of association: TZS 6,200.
-Every additional duplicate: TZS 5,000.

6 167,200 to 512-200
4 Apply for taxpayer identification number (TIN)

Agency: Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA)


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5 Obtain taxpayer identification number (TIN)

Agency: Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA)

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6 Apply for a business license

Agency: Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) or Local Government Authorities (LGAs)

The business license is either issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade or the Local Authorities relying upon the nature of business. Together with the application, the accompanying documents must be submitted:
1) Certificate of incorporation
2) Memorandum and Articles of Association
3) Proof of Tanzanian Citizenship
4) Proof of a suitable company premises
5) Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)

6 Vary
7 Apply for the VAT certificate

Agency: Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA)

VAT registration takes 3 to 5 days if the proposed company has over the edge salary of TZS 100,000,000.

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8 Register for the laborers’ compensation insurance

Agency: Workers Compensation Fund (WCF) and Tanzania Insurance Regulatory Authority (TIRA)

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9 Obtain Social Security registration number

Agency: Social Security Regulatory Authority (SSRA)

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