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How to Export Processing Zones (EPZ) Business Service Permit in Kenya

Foreign investors are required to obtain EPZ Enterprise license from the Export Processing Zone Authority in order to conduct activities in any of Kenya’s seven EPZs.


EPZ Business service means a trade or business conducted in an EPZ by an entity which is not an EPZ enterprise. Any person may apply for an EPZ business service permit for eligible services (as set out in the schedule), to be carried out within an export processing zone.

Interested applicants submit an application form which provides information on the applicant, legal status, desired activity, location/space preferred, ownership, jobs to be created, evidence of relevant prior business experience and professional qualifications of staff to be hired.

The applicant also submits a business plan showing amounts to be invested and expected business outturn, along with copies of professional, business or occupational licenses and an application fee.

The Authority reviews the completed application and renders its decision within 30 days of application. Upon payment of the annual fee the EPZ business service permit is issued, valid for a period of 1 calendar year. The permit is not transferable.Ads by Google

Required Documents

  • Business plan
  • Certificate of registration
  • Copies of professional, business or occupational licenses
  • Application fee

Office Locations & Contacts

Export Processing Zones Authority
Head Office
Administration Building, Viwanda Road,
off Nairobi-Namanga Highway,
Athi River, Kenya
P.O. Box 50563
Nairobi 00200
ISDN +254-45-6621000
VoIP Lines: 020-7606040/3
Cellphone (Safaricom):0713-051172/3; (Airtel):0786-683222/0733-683222

Mombasa Office
P.O. Box 89474,
VoIP lines: 020 7606043
Wireless: 020-3555361
Email: infomsa@epzakenya.comAds by Google


Activities eligible for business service permit include:

  • Commercial banking
  • Clearing and forwarding
  • Catering and Restaurant
  • Staff Recruitment and payroll services
  • Postal and telecommunication bureau
  • Office Service Bureau
  • Transportation services (freight and passenger)
  • Installation, repair and maintenance
  • Fitness club, sports club and gymnasium
  • Medical and related services
  • Laboratory, testing and quality certification services
  • Security Services
  • Business Consultancy Services (eg. Marketing, training, legal)
  • Insurance Services
  • Foreign Trade Mission (commercial trade offices)
  • International Disaster Relief Agencies
  • International Non-Governmental Organizations


License Costs

Application Fee

  • Sole proprietorship – KShs 2,000
  • Partnership – KShs 6,000
  • Companies – KShs 20,000

Annual EPZ Business Permit Fees

  • Sole Proprietorship – KShs 6,000
  • Partnership – KShs 10,000
  • Companies and Privileged entities – KShs 20,000


One year

Documents to Use

Application Forms and Permits

Application for an Export Processing Zones Business Service Permit


Criteria for Approval

  • The Activity should be within the listed eligible activities
  • The applicant should be professionally qualified and adequately experienced to undertake the proposed business activity with reasonable high probability of success as demonstrated by submission of sound business plan and qualifications of key staff and directors.
  • The applicant is a person/company of good financial and/or ethical standing as attested to by submission of relevant references
  • For non-privileged entities the activity will not compromise Government revenues and will be restricted to custom base located within the zone. In the case of privileged organizations the customer base may be international companies, international agencies, embassies, foreign governments, NGOs, or the Government of Kenya itself.
  • In a situation where, in the opinion of EPZ Authority, there is an inadequate customer base at a public zone (e.g. Athi River) and where all applicants meet all the conditions for a limited number permits (e.g. canteens), then the business permit will be issued through balloting.

Required Information

  • Proposed business activity
  • Particulars of applicant/company
    • Name of applicant
    • Address of applicant
    • Telephone No.
    • Fax No
    • Previous business experience
    • Name of entity which undertake the business activity
    • Date of registration
    • Address of registered office
  • Particulars of directors/sole proprietor/partners
    • Name
    • ID no. /passport no.
    • Nationality
    • Shareholding
    • Residential address
  • Project details
    • Main customers base of proposed business
    • Proposed location/zone
    • Space required (in sq.m.)
  • Employment
    • Proposed number of employees
    • Name of Managing Director/General Manager and qualifications;
  • Declaration
  • Signature of Applicant

Need for the Document

The Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZ) Business Service Permit is issued by the Export Processing Zones Authority for service activities conducted within an EPZ by firms located in the zone, but not requiring or eligible for an EPZ enterprise license.

Information which might help

EPZ Business service means a trade or business conducted in an EPZ by an entity which is not an EPZ enterprise.

The EPZ Business Service Permit is for service activities conducted within an EPZ by firms located in the zone, but not requiring or eligible for an EPZ enterprise license.

Agency: Export processing Zones Authority

Purpose: To offer business services to EPZ companies by no EPZ entities

Contact Office: Export Processing Zones Authority HQS Athi River

Resolution Criteria: establish evidence of ability to offer

Processing time

30 days

External Links

EPZ Business Service Permit

Export Processing Zones Authority

Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development

Export Processing Zones Act CAP 517

Procedures for obtaining an EPZ Business Service PermitAds by Google


The Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) is a State Corporation, under the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development.

The Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) is a state corporation established by the Government of Kenya through an Act of Parliament – the Export Processing Zones Act (Cap 517 of the Laws of Kenya) for the promotion and facilitation of export-oriented investment and the development of an enabling environment for such investments. Over the years, the Export Processing Zones Program has registered impressive growth. This growth has enabled the program to achieve its objectives of employment creation, expansion and diversification of exports; increase in productive investment, generation of foreign exchange earnings, technological transfer and creation of linkages with the customs territory.

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