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Procedure for Starting a Business in Kenya

  1. Obtain approval for the company name from the Registrar of Companies (takes 3 days  and name reservation 30 days)
  2. Stamp the memorandum and articles and a statement of the nominal capital (takes 8 days 1% of nominal capital + KES 2,005, stamp duty on Memorandum and Articles of Association)
  3. Pay stamp duty at bank ( takes 1 day , costs KES. 100 bank commission)
  4. Declaration of compliance (Form 208) is signed before a Commissioner of Oaths /notary public (takes and costs KES. 200)
  5. File deed and details with the Registrar of Companies at the Attorney General's Chambers in Nairobi (takes 7-14 days, see detailed comments on link below)
  6. Register with the Tax Department for a PIN (takes 1 day, no charge)
  7. Register with the VAT office  (takes 1 day, no charge)
  8. Apply for a business permit (takes one day, see details on link below)
  9. Register with the National Social Security Fund – NSSF (takes 1 day, no charge)
  10. Register with the National Hospital Insurance Fund – NHIF (takes 1 day, no charge)
  11. Register for PAYE (takes 1 day, no charge)
  12. Make a company seal after a certificate of incorporation has been issued (takes 2 days, costs KES 2500 and KES 350 )

Please visit this link for detailed information on the requirements.
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