The first step is to register your company at the Companies Registry.
This involves conducting a name search, reserving the name, having an advocate draw up the memorandum and articles of association, and submitting the completed forms and documents (as stipulated on the registry website) along with payment onsite of stamp duty of 1 percent of nominal capital and of registration fee.
The Registrar of Companies is responsible for business registrations in Kenya. He/she issues certificates of compliance for foreign companies, certificates of incorporation for local companies and certificates of registration for sole proprietorships and partnerships. Firms must then obtain registration with National Social Security Fund (NSSF), National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) . A business permit should also be obtained from the County Government depending on the business type.
New: All company and business registrations (sole proprietorships and partnerships) are being done through the ecitizen online platform but for limited liability partnerships (LLPs) registrations which are still manual and are being done at the company registry.
Click on the links below to see all the steps to start a business in Kenya including where to go, forms to download, what to bring, costs, time frames and legal justifications.