Business Licensing Authority

In accordance with the Fair Trading Act 2015, which commenced on 7th October 2015, the functions of the Trade Licensing Authority have been transferred and subsumed within the remit of the Office of Trading and shall be undertaken by the Business Licensing Authority (BLA).

The new licencing regime created by the FTA now requires businesses which carry out the following activities to hold a licence:

A. Trade to include, but not limited to, the buying or selling whether by wholesale or retail, of any goods by way of a business and also means the importing of any goods into Gibraltar in commercial quantities;

B. Services, to include, but not limited to;

i. construction services road transport contracting and crafts;

ii. business-related services to include office maintenance, management consultancy, event organisation, debt recovery, advertising and recruitment services;

iii. tourism services to include travel agents;

iv. leisure services to include sports and amusement centres;

v. installation and maintenance of equipment;

vi. online services provided from Gibraltar;

vii. information society services to include publishing – print and web, news agencies, computer programming;

viii. accommodation and food services to include hotels, restaurants and caterers;

ix. training and education services;

x. rentals and leasing services to include car rental;

xi. real estate services;

xii. beauty therapists and hairdressers;

xiii. car repair workshops;

xiv. builders/carpenters/plumbers/electricians and decorators; and

xv. self-employed persons who provide services.

The practical effect of the wide definition of 'business' in the FTA is that any person wishing to trade, be it wholesale or retail, or to provide a service must hold a business licence issued by the BLA unless the relevant business is already licensed by separate legislation.

For further information and advice you may visit the OFT’s website -

Alternatively if you want any further information please contact us.

Contact us

Office of Fair Trading,
Suite 975,
+350 20071700
+350 20071950