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
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: