Doing Business

Starting Or Registering A Business

What you need to know

Are you thinking of starting your own business? Many people have thought about starting their own business and have actually succeeded. There are also many reasons why you should start your own business; you can work on your terms with flexible hours; you will be your own boss and also make money. With unemployment and job dissatisfaction starting your own business may just be the answer.

Or perhaps you have already opened a small business and you are uncertain what to do next? The Kitwe City Council (KCC) under the Development Planning department facilitates the growth of micro and small businesses in collaboration with stakeholders.

Thus, KCC through the partnering with Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) offers support services that include technology transfer and development, training, technical services and business management skills, market support services and access to ZDA industrial and commercial estates.

To find out what you need, cost and duration of starting a business in Zambia, please click here.

Trading Permits

Having a trading permit shows your customers that you are a legitimate business that complies with local laws and regulations.

It is also the law. Anyone providing goods or services in Kitwe is required to have a licence under the Zambian Law.

Businesses in Kitwe are sorted into different categories based on the product offered, and different fees and regulations apply to each category.

Elements of street trading and other street activities can add to the richness of a vibrant street environment and contribute to the city’s amenity and experience for city users.

The benefits of a thriving street life are evident in the City of Kitwe and, in many respects, define the city, providing a connection to its spaces. The range of activities occurring within these spaces can diversify people’s experiences as they move through our city.

Examples of activities include street performances and busking, casual and seasonal street trading, markets, street kiosks and food vans.

Trading permit applications can be completed in person at the department of Finance, located at Kitwe City Council main offices and application intake hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.