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Obtain security clearance (local partner)  (2) expand_more expand_less
Purchase legal stamps (local partner)  (1) expand_more expand_less
Obtain company name clearance  (3) expand_more expand_less
Obtain FDI registration certificate  (3) expand_more expand_less
Register company  (3) expand_more expand_less
Obtain site layout plan and location map  (1) expand_more expand_less
Sign agreement on land use  (1) expand_more expand_less
Obtain land use approval from Gewog  (2) expand_more expand_less
Obtain location clearance  (2) expand_more expand_less
Obtain project approval  (7) expand_more expand_less
Obtain business license  (3) expand_more expand_less
Open bank account  (5) expand_more expand_less
Obtain tax payer number  (2) expand_more expand_less
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Summary of the procedure

Institutions involved 12 expand_more expand_less

Any post office or local stationery shop
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Department of Industry (x 11)
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Trade and Industry Office, Thimphu (x 4)
Any licensed architect/ engineer or architectural/ engineering firm
Any building owner/ institution
Any Concerned Gewog Administration Office (x 2)
District Administration, Thimphu (x 2)
Delegated competent authority for environmental clearance (x 3)
Revenue section of the competent authority
Royal Monetary Authority (x 3)
Any commercial bank in Bhutan (x 2)
Regional Revenue and Customs Office, Thimphu (x 2)

Results 6 expand_more expand_less

Foreign direct investment registration certificate
Certificate of incorporation
Land Use Approval from geog
Project approval (FDI)
Business license
Tax payer number

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Citizenship identity card (x 4)
Security clearance certificate (x 2)
Passports of all foreign investors
Company profile of domestic partner
Proof of financial capability of domestic partner
Documents establishing title and the valuation of land
Foreign direct investment registration certificate
Joint venture agreement between the investors /shareholders
Legal stamp (x 3)
Lease agreement
Business proposal (x 3)
Cover letter for gewog approval
Land Use Approval from geog
Site layout plan
Location map
Covering letter
Location clearance
Initial environmental examination (IEE) - Industry
Environmental clearance payment notification
Payment receipt
Certificate of incorporation (x 3)
Project approval (FDI)
Application form - FCA - III
FDI registration certificate
Current account opening form
Business license (x 2)
Board resolution of the company to open account in the bank
A letter with additional signatories details and documents
Approval for FC account
Current account number (x 2)
Promoter's details
Percentage shareholding of partners
Reference number for TPN
CV of foreign investor (x 2)
Passports of all foreign investors (x 2)
Tax return of foreign investors
Certificate of incorporation of the foreign investor company (x 2)
Board of Directors'/shareholder's resolution of the foreign investing company (x 2)
Audited accounts of foreign investing company
Articles of incorporation of the foreign investor company

Estimated cost BTN  110,970

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BTN 170 -
BTN  10 per 
BTN 2,000
BTN 7,000
BTN 50,000
Environmental Clearance fee
BTN 500
Environmental Clearance application fee
BTN 30,000
Environmental clearance fee
BTN 500
Environmental clearance application fee
BTN 2,000
Environmental clearance fee
BTN 500
Environmental clearance application fee
BTN 4,000
Business license fee for authorized share capital above BTN 100 m
BTN 8,000
Registration Fees
BTN 100
Booklet fee
BTN 4,000
Registration fee
BTN 100
Booklet fee
BTN 2,000
Registration fee
BTN 100
Booklet fee

Total Duration 56d - 213d  expand_more expand_less

  Min. Max.
Total time (sum): 56d 213d
of which:
Waiting time in queue (sum): 10mn 2h. 50mn
Attention at counter: 55mn 3h. 5mn
Waiting time until next step (sum): 55d 212d

Laws 17 expand_more expand_less

Companies Act of Bhutan 2016 Companies Act of Bhutan 2016 Chapter 5, Sections 38-43
Cottage and Small Industry Policy 2012 Cottage and Small Industry Policy 2012 Chapter 5 - reference for investment size
Environmental Assessment Act, 2000 Environmental Assessment Act, 2000 Section 35 (sub-section 35.3) and section 63
  Article 35.3
Evidence Act of Bhutan, 2005 Evidence Act of Bhutan, 2005 Section 35(c)
FDI application guidelines FDI application guidelines 2019
  Article 1
FDI regulations 2019 FDI Regulations 2019
  articles 15, 54, 56, 59, 70, 71-74, 75
FDI Rules and Regulations 2012 FDI Rules and Regulations 2012 (Amended Dec 13, 2014) Schedule VI, Article 2(iv)
Fee schedules to cover the cost of administering the environmental assessment act 2000 Fee schedules to cover the cost of administering the environmental assessment act 2000
  Article 5
Foreign Direct Investment Policy 2019 Foreign Direct Investment Policy 2019
  articles 3.6, 3.7, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2, 11 (i)
Foreign Exchange Rules and Regulations 2018 Foreign Exchange Rules and Regulations 2018 40, 44-a(vi)
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR INDUSTRIAL AND  COMMERCIAL VENTURES IN BHUTAN, 1997 General Guidelines for Industrial and Commercial Ventures in Bhutan, 1997
  articles 2.4, 4.1 (iii)
Income Tax Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2001 Income Tax Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2001 Part I, Chapter 10, Section 47 and Part II, Chapter 4, Section 16
Regulation for the Environmental Clearance for Projects 2006 Regulation for the Environmental Clearance for Projects 2016 Annex 1
Rules and Regulations for establishment and operation of industrial and commercial ventures in Bhutan, 1995 Rules and Regulations for establishment and operation of industrial and commercial ventures in Bhutan, 1995 Rules 1
Rules on the Income Tax Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2001 Rules on the Income Tax Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2001 Part I, Rule 6.1 and Part II, Rule # 3 (3.1)
The Land Act of Bhutan 2007 The Land Act of Bhutan 2007
  Article 180
The Tenancy Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2004 The Tenancy Act of the Kingdom of Bhutan 2004
  Section  6.2
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