Starting a business
The Registrar of Companies is responsible for business registration in Kenya. He/she issues certificates of compliance for foreign companies, certificates of incorporation for local companies and certificates of registration for sole proprietorships. Firms must then obtain registration with National Social Security Fund (NSSF) , National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) , Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Business permit from the County Government depending on the type of business activity.
New: Local Companies are currently able to obtain registration with National Social Security Fund (NSSF), National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) during the company incorporation process.
The Registrar of companies has tentatively ceased registration of branches of foreign companies to allow the implementation of the changes brought by the New Companies Act 2015.
Click on the links below to see all the steps to start a business lawfully in Kenya including where to go, forms to download, what to bring, costs, time frame and legal justification.