Individually-Owned Businesses

An Expert's View about Business Administration in Hong Kong SAR

Last updated: 22 Feb 2011

3.2 Procedures for Registration of Individually-Owned Businesses


Hong Kong permanent residents establishing individually-owned businesses on the mainland do not need to seek approval from the commerce department and can register with the industry and commerce administration bureau direct. In other words, the approval procedures required are the same as those for mainland residents. In Guangdong, the industry and commerce administration departments (sub-bureaus and county bureaus) throughout the province are responsible for processing applications for the establishment of individually-owned businesses. Business operators are required to submit applications to their local industry and commerce administration department only.

1. Identity Proofs Required

Hong Kong residents are required to submit to the registration organ the following identity proofs duly certified by a China-appointed attesting officer in Hong Kong: (1) Hong Kong permanent identity card; (2) Hong Kong/Macau residents' entry-exit permit for travelling to and from the mainland (home visit card) or Hong Kong SAR passport.


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Posted: 19 February 2011, last updated 22 February 2011

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