Primary Licenses & Certificates- Before Operations -

Other Licenses & Certificates- During Operations -

Ministry of Commerce

Certificate of Incorporation (business registration)

Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training

Registration for Opening Enterprise, Establishment Ledger, Payroll & Internal Work Rule (within 30 days).

General Tax Department

Tax Registration for Patent Tax, VAT Number and Registration Tax

General Department of Taxation

Tax on Sign Board

Ministry of Tourism

Tourism License for Guesthouse

Phnom Penh Municipality

Permit on Sign Board

Municipality

Location Approval License

 

 

Inspections during Application Process

Inspections during Business Operation

Ministry of Interior

Fire Safety and Security Inspection

Ministry of Health

Fire Safety and Security Inspection

Ministry of Health

Hygiene Inspection

Ministry of Interior

Fire Safety and Security Inspection

Phnom Penh Municipality

Location Approval Inspection

Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training

Labor Compliance Inspection

Guest House Business - FAQS

Application for Setting up a New Guesthouse Business in Cambodia

All guesthouses operating in Cambodia are required to have the following certificates/licenses:

  • Certificate of Incorporation (Business Registration);
  • Tourism License for guesthouse;
  • Tax Registration for Paten Tax ,VAT Number and Registration Tax (depending on turnover);
  • Location Approval License
  • Registration for Opening Enterprise, Establishment Ledger, Payroll and Internal Work Rule (within 30 days).
  • Tax Permit on Sign Board
  • Permit on Sign Board

All guesthouses operating in Cambodia are required to have a Tourism License and other relevant licenses. You can apply for these licenses as below:

  • For Tourism License to operate guesthouse business, you can apply it at the Ministry of Tourism in Phnom Penh or Provincial Department of Tourism or online registration through the following link: http://cambodiatourismindustry.org
  • For Certificate of Incorporation (business registration), you can register your certificate through the following link: www.businessregistration.moc.gov.kh or you can go to Department of Business Registration/Provincial Department of Commerce to assist you in business registration.
  • For Tax Registration for Patent Tax VAT Number and Registration Tax, you can apply them at General Department of Taxation/National Tax School in Phnom Penh or Provincial Tax Branch.
  • For Location Approval License, you can apply it at Phnom Penh Municipality.
  • For Registration for Opening Enterprise, Establishment Ledger, Payroll and Internal Work Rule, you can register it at Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training or online registration recognized by Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training.
  • For Tax Permit on Sign Board, you can apply it at General Department of Taxation or Provincial Tax Branch.
  • For Permit on Sign Board, you can apply it at Phnom Penh Municipality.

You are required to have the following documents for application process:

  • A copy of location approval certificate/license issued by local authority
  • A copy of identification card or passport
  • A copy of certificate of incorporation (business registration)
  • A copy of construction permit or renovation permit issued by Ministry of Land Management and Urban Planning
  • A copy of fire safety and security certificate issued by Ministry of Interior/Fire Police
  • A copy of certificate of hygiene issued by Ministry of Health/Health Department
  • An agreement letter to respect and comply with tourism law and other laws
  • Photo 4 X 6

Having a Tourism License will provide you with the following benefits:

1. Your business will be recognized as a legal entity and protected by the laws of the Kingdom of Cambodia;

2. Your contractual relationships with business partners will have better legal standing, which is important in taking advantage of business opportunities, and increasing your access to resources such as financing; and

3. You will be able to consult with officials on business start-up, running the business and consumer protection.

4. If you operate your guesthouse without tourism license, you will be fined between 2,000,000 to 20,000,000 riel

During application process of tourism license for guesthouse, you should expect the following inspections:

(1) Fire Safety and Security Inspection by Ministry of Interior (MoI);

(2) Hygiene Inspection by Ministry of Health (MoH) and

(3) Location Inspection by Local Authorities.

In addition, you should also expect the following inspections during your guesthouse business operation:

(1) Operational Hygiene Inspection by MoH;

(2) Fire Safety and Security Inspection by MoI;

(3) Labor Compliance Inspection by MoLVT and

(4) Location Inspection by Local Authorities.