How to Obtain Indonesian Business Permits and Licenses

To engage in general trading, goods, or other services as a business in Indonesia, you’ll need to do two things. First, set up a business and acquire an Indonesian business license. Aside from a general business license, some companies may need more specific permits and licenses to operate legally, such as a commercial alcohol license.

For example, a company in the manufacturing industry outside of oil, gas, and geothermal energy should have an industrial business license, and a construction company should have a construction business license.

To register your business, you must use the Online Single Submission System (OSS). The OSS is a one-stop shop for business licenses. Here you can apply for a business identification number (Nomor Iduk Berusaha, or NIB), business license, and other commercial and operational permits.

Applying for Business Permits and Licenses on OSS

Online Single Submission System (OSS) is an integrated system developed by the Ministry of Investment (BKPM) to fast track the registration process of permits and licenses.

Commercial and Operational Licenses

Commercial and Operational Licenses

The Ministry of Investment (BKPM) is the regulatory body responsible for processing licenses for several sectors in Indonesia. These licenses cannot be obtained via OSS, so you must apply directly to the Ministry of Investment to acquire them.

Sectors Licensed by Ministry of Investment/BKPM:

  • Electricity
  • Mineral and Coal
  • Oil and Gas
  • Public Housing and Work
  • Customs and Taxation
  • Capital Investment

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The business license service by InCorp Indonesia is tailored for your company’s strategic goals.


Your business matters will be handled accordingly and professionally.


By consulting with us, we will help you better allocate the time and costs that suit your business needs.

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You can transfer the license as long as your current local distributor agrees to change the product license holder. The procedure will be different for each product category. We can only recommend you try to prevent these issues by setting cooperation with a trustworthy partner from the beginning

There are two main types, namely the primary business licenses and the non-primary business licenses. The primary ones commonly apply to various industries, such as the general business license and the industrial business license. The non-primary ones are additional and they depend on your business activities. Examples of non-primary business licenses are operational and commercial licenses.

Yes. If you do not apply for it, you will not be able to issue work permits for your foreign employees. This permanent business license is also a prerequisite for the applications of other business licenses and import licenses.