In order to use any building or any other type of premises for the operation of a business activity (industry, commerce, exercise of a profession or any other income earning activity) in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain a license for the use of any premises for business activity by the local Municipal or Community Council, within the boundaries of which the activity will take place.
The application form for the obtainment of the licence for the operation of professional premises can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by contacting directly the local Municipal Council or Community Council, depending on the location where the activity will take place.
On site inspections are carried out, by authorised inspectors of the Municipality/Community in order to ensure that all the prerequisites are met.
The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within four months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted. Upon approval, the applicant needs to pay the relevant fees, depending on the type of premises (see related documents), to the local Municipal or Community Council accordingly; the method of payment depends on the local Municipality or Community Council.
The licence is valid for a duration of six months or one year; the licence is renewed by following the same procedure as described above.
Obligations and Supervision
Licensed persons to use any premises for business activity are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Municipalities Law of 1985 (article 103) or the Communities Law of 1999 (article 85) and relevant Regulations, as periodically amended, as well as with the terms and conditions of the licence set by the Municipal or Community Council.
Authorized officers of the local Municipal or Community Council may periodically conduct a census of the premises and their use, and, whenever deemed necessary, inspect the licensed premises in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the relevant Laws and Regulations, as well as with the terms and conditions of the licence set by the Municipal or Community Council.