Doing Business in Elgeyo Marakwet County (Cost of licenses/permits)

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Elgeyo Marakwet County is the world’s athletics capital given that thousands of both local and foreign athletes train in the County due to its high altitude. It is also rich in several natural beautiful sceneries like: valleys, escarpment, mountains, waterfalls, natural forests with indigenous trees and wildlife making it an ideal destination for tourism and hospitality investment. Agriculturally, the County produces high quality horticultural produce and cash crops.

Below is what you need to know if you want to invest in Elgeyo Marakwet County.

For a Business Permit, you need:

  • Name of the Business
  • Payment for the permit as per Finance Act
  • Physical address
  • Plot number
  • Type of business
  • Clearance from Nacada Committee
  • Chief letter for business like pool and Gambling

To set up a business in Elgeyo Marakwet County, you need permits/licenses. All costs are in Kenya Shillings.

GENERAL TRADE, WHOLESALE, RETAIL, STORES, SHOPS, PERSONAL SERVICES: Distributors, Traders, Wholesalers, Hypermarkets, Departmental Stores, Supermarkets, Retailers, Shops Boutiques,  Chemists, Agro vet, Butcheries, Personal Service Providers, Kiosks
Charges outside County H/Q (KSh) Charges within County H/Q (KSh)
Mega store, Hypermarket large multi-department Store, Hypermarket with over 100 employees or premises with over 3000 sq.M in a prime location. 21,000 27,000
Large trader shop, retail store or personal service from 21 to 100 employees &/or 300 to 3,000 sq.m / fair  location 7,000 10,000
Medium trader shop or retail service from five to 20 employees &/or 50 to 3,000 sq.m. Fair location 3,500 5,000
Small trader shop or retail service: Up to four employees &/or premises less than 50 sq.m. Far away location 1,750 2,500
Kiosk: Light or temporary construction less than five sq.m 1,200 2,000
Other wholesale – Retail traders, stores, shops and services 1,400 2,000
INFORMAL SECTOR: Hawkers, street vendors and small traders and service providers operating on the street, verandah or temporary building
Charges outside County H/Q (KSh) Charges within County H/Q (KSh)
Hawker  1 person with motor vehicle 1,750 2,500
1 Hawker 1 person without motor vehicle 1,200 2,000
Small Informal Sector Trader/Service Provider: Shoeshine, Shoe Repair, Street Vendor (Newspapers, Sodas, Sweets, Cigarettes Etc.) 600 1,000
Informal Sector trader up to two persons in verandah or temporary building (small kinyozi/ salon/tailoring 900 1,050
Other informal sector operation 700 1,000
 

TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATIONS: Maritime & Air Lines, International Carriers, Transportation Co-Operating Taxis-Matatus-Buses-Lorries-Planes-Boats, driving schools, tour/safari operators, petrol stations, storage facilities, cold storage facilities, publishing companies – newspapers, books, text-telephone Co, radio/TV broadcaster, internet provider.

Other areas outside H/Q (KSh) Charges within County H/Q (KSh)
Large transportation company over 30 vehicles 28,000 40,000
Medium transport company from 6 – 30 vehicles 10,500 15,000
Small transportation company from 2 – 5 vehicles 3,500 5,000
Independent transport operator 1,750 2,500
Large petrol filling station over six pumps or with garage/workshop and spares retail shop 7,000 10,000
Medium petrol filling station: 4 – 6 pumps or with garage/workshop or spares retail shop 3,500 5,000
Small petrol filling station up to three pumps and without garage/workshop or retail shop 2,450 3,500
Large cold storage facility with over 1000 sq.m insulated walls, cold production equipment 19,250 27,500
Medium cold storage facility between 100 – 1,000 sq.m 8,750 12,500
Small cold storage facility up to 100 sq.m 4,200 6,000
Large storage facility with over 5,000 sq.m go down/warehouse liquid storage tanks complex 17,500 25,000
Medium storage facility from 1,000 – 5,000 sq.m 7,000 10,000
Small storage facility up to 1,000 sq.m 3,500 5,000
Large communication company over 100 employees &/or premises over 5,000 sq.m 31,500 45,000
Medium communications company from 16 to 100 employees &/or premises from 1,500 to 5,000 sq.m 19,250 27,500
Small communications company up to 15 employees &/or premises up to 1,500 sq.m 10,500 15,000
Other transport, storage and communications 2,450 3,500
 

ACCOMMODATION AND CATERING: International hotels, tourist camps, lodging houses, restaurants, bars, eating houses, tea and coffee houses, butcheries with meat roasting &/or soup kitchen facilities, membership clubs, nightclubs & casinos.

Charges outside County H/Q (KSh) Charges within County H/Q (KSh)
Large high standard lodging house/Hotel class D with over 100 rooms 35,000 50,000
Medium high standard lodging house/Hotel class D with 41 to 100 rooms 24,500 35,000
Small high standard lodging house/Hotel D class with up to 40 rooms 17,500 25,000
Large lodging house with restaurant and/or bar class B/C basic standard with over 15 rooms 15,750 22,500
Medium lodging house with restaurant and/or bar class B/C  basic standard with 6 to 15 rooms 12,250 17,500
Small lodging house with restaurant and/or bar class basic standard with up to five rooms 8,750 12,500
Large lodging house class B/C basic standards with over 15 rooms 14,000 20,000
Medium lodging house class B/C basic standard with six to 15 rooms 8,750 12,500
Small lodging house basic standard with up to five rooms 5,250 7,500
Large restaurant with bar/membership club with over 30 customers/members 10,500 15,000
Medium restaurant with bar/membership club with 11 – 30  members/customers 5,250 7,500
Small restaurant with bar/membership club up to 10 customers/members 3,500 5,000
Large eating house/snack bar/tea house/outside catering/hotel with no lodging or alcohol served with 20 – 50 customers 5,250 7,500
Medium eating house; snack bar/tea house/no lodging or alcohol served; 6 – 20 customers 3,500 5,000
Small eating house; snack bar/tea house/hotel with no lodging or alcohol served; up to six customers 2,450 3,500
Butchery with roast meat and/or soup kitchen any size 3,000 5,000
Butchery take-away 1,500 2,500
Large bar/traditional beer seller; over 50 customers 5,250 7,500
Medium bar/traditional beer seller; 16 – 50 customers 4,200 6,000
Small bar/traditional beer seller; up to 15 customers 2,800 4,000
Large night club/casino; Over 500 sq.m 17,500 25,000
Medium night club/casino; 101 – 500 sq.m 10,500 15,000
Small night club/casino; up to 100 sq.m 7,000 10,000
Other catering and accommodation 2,450 3,000
AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES EXTRACTION: Production of coffee, tea, fruits, flowers, grain & cereals, forestry, timber, grain storage – Processing, mills and posho mill, timber production, sawmills, coal production, animal breeding, dairy products processing, slaughter houses, butchery, mining and other natural resources extraction activities.
Charges outside County H/Q (KSh) Charges within County H/Q (KSh)
Large agricultural producer, processor, dealer, exporter with over 50  employees 22,750 32,500
Medium agricultural producer, processor, dealer, exporter with 11 – 50 employees 8,750 12,500
Small agricultural producer, processor, dealer, exporter with up to 10 employees 2,800 4,000
Large mining or natural resources extraction operation with over 50 employees 28,000 40,000
Medium mining or natural resources extraction operation with four to 50 employees 15,750 22,500
Small mining or natural resources extraction operation with up to three employees. Includes quarries and small mining operations 8,750 12,500
Other agricultural, forestry and natural resources 2,800 4,000
Posho Mills (all sub county headquarters) 1,500 1,500
 Posho mills in all other areas 1,000 1,000
 

PROFESSIONAL, TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL SERVICES: Legal Issues, Financial Management, Engineering, Architecture, Valuing, Surveying, Accountancy, Secretarial Support, Data Processing etc, Stock & Insurance Brokerage, Security Protection, Clearing & Forwarding of goods, Bookmarking, Kenya Charity Sweepstakes, Banks, Forex Bureau Money Lenders, Hire Purchase Company, Insurance Company, Real Estate, Developing Financial Company.

Cost per branch
Charges outside County H/Q (KSh) Charges within County H/Q (KSh)
Large professional services firm with over 10 practitioners and/or international affiliation 31,500 45,000
Medium professional services firm from 3-10 practitioners 15,750 22,500
Small professional services firm with up to two practitioners 7,000 10,000
Independent technical operator/1 person acting individually (typist, Accountant, bookkeeper etc.) 2,450 3,500
Large financial services over 25 employees or premises over 300m2 33,250 47,500
Medium financial from 6-25 employees 22,750 32,500
Small financial services up to 5 employees 15,750 22,500
Other professional and technical services 2,450 3,500
Money points/ATMs/money machines separate from branch/office, bank agents (per ATM) 3,500 5,000
Mobile money transfer services e.g Mpesa, etc 2,000 4,000
Cyber cafes
Large cyber cafes/bureaus with over 20 computers/machines 2,600 4,200
Medium cyber cafes/bureau with 6 – 20 computers/machines 1,450 3,500
Small cyber cafes/bureau with 2 – 5 computers/machines 1,000 3,500
Other professional and technical services with 1 computer/1 machine/photocopier 1,000 3,500
EDUCATION, HEALTH AND ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES: Private education institution including nursery / polytechnic / professional training centre / computer management / accountancy / secretarial / technical professions / universities / private health clinics / doctors surgeries / consulting offices of doctors / dentists / physiotherapists / psychologists & other health professionals / herbalists and traditional medicine practitioners / funeral homes / entertainment facilities including cinema / theatre / video shows / amusements arcade / juke box / arcade games / machines arcade / sports club / gym / massage parlors.
Charges outside County H/Q (KSh) Charges within County H/Q (KSh)
Mega private higher education institutions; any type of private university college or higher education institution with over 200 students 20,750 27,500
Private higher education institution; any type of private university college or higher education institution with 100 – 200 students 15,750 22,500
Large private education institution over 100 pupils or fees over KSh 50,000 per year 10,500 15,000
Medium private education institution with 31-100 pupils or fees of KSh 30,000 – 50,000 per year 5,250 7,500
Small  private education institution with 30 pupils or fees of up to KSh 30,000 per year 3,500 5,000
Large private health facility hospitals, Clinic, Nursing Home providing over 30 beds overnight and Funeral Homes 24,500 35,000
Medium Private Health Facility with 11 – 30 beds 15,750 22,500
Small private health facility with up to 10 beds 10,500 15,000
Health clinic, doctor’s surgery, doctor, dentistry, physiotherapist, psychologist etc consulting office no overnight accommodation available 3,500 5,000
Traditional health services; herbalist traditional healer etc 2,500 2,500
Large entertainment facility; cinema, theatre, video show over 100 seats, amusement arcade, games machines arcade, over 10 machines sports club gym: over 50 members  15,750 22,500
Medium entertainment facility from 50 – 100 seats,  4 – 10 machines and 16 – 50 members 8,750 12,500
Small entertainment facility up to 50 seats/up to 3 machines/up to 15 members 5,250 5,250
Mobile cinema operator; 1 person acting individually 1,500 2,500
Other education, health and entertainment services 2,000 2,800
 

INDUSTRIAL PLANTS, FACTORIES, WORKSHOP, CONTRACTORS: Manufacturer, process and assembly of products, vehicles, machinery, equipment, workshop servicing and repairing. Also including contractors of new buildings, old buildings restoration, plumbing and other services – repair.

Charges outside County H/Q (KSh) Charges within  County H/Q (KSh)
Large industrial plant with over 75 employees and/or premises over 2,500 sq.m 35,000 50,000
Medium industrial plant with 16 – 75 employees and/or premises of 100 sq.m – 2500 sq.m 24,500 35,000
Small industrial plant up to 15 employees and/or premises of 51 sq.m – 100 sq.m 14,000 20,000
Large workshop/Welding service/repair contractor over 20 employees and/or premises of over  50  sq.m 17,500 25,000
Medium workshop/ Welding service / repair contractor with  6-20 employees and/or premises of 25-500 sq.m 7,000 10,000
Small workshop /Welding service / repair contractor with up to 5 employees and/or premises of up to 25 sq.m 2,450 3,500
Other manufacturer/workshop/factory/contractor 2,450 3,500

For further clarification, please contact: Josephine, Director Incharge of Revenue on +254 724 541 664.

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