Reforms by Local Government Punjab

Reform ID P050
Reform Description The Government of Punjab has Abolished the Fee for Licensing of Professions and Vocations

Before: SMEs engaged in any professions or vocations business had to pay fees to obtain/ renew registration/ license to start/operate their business on annual basis.

After: Fees to obtain/renew Licensing of professions or vocations has been abolished under the  “Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Act, 2021”.

Sector Local Government
Beneficiaries SMEs involved in professions and vocations business in Punjab
Jurisdiction/Location Metropolitan Corporation, Municipal Corporations, Municipal Committees, Tehsil Committees, and Tehsil Councils of Punjab
Department Local Government and Community Development Department, Government of Punjab.
Date of Implementation 17-05-2021
Details Difficulty ● SMEs businesses involved in professions and vocations had to undergo a difficult process to obtain licenses. The inspection mafia and lack of automated licensing regime are amongst the major impediments in the ease of doing business and a source of discomfort / exploitation for the small and medium businessmen.
Analysis ● It was felt that the cumbersome process of licensing needs to  be transformed and the fee required for license should be abolished.
Solution ● Accordingly, the Government of Punjab has abolished fees for obtaining /renewing licenses.

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