Accra’s Business Operating Permit — An Overview

Whether you are planning to start-up or you are already running a business, access to accurate information on your business’ political/regulatory environment can be very helpful. They help you to know and comply with regulatory requirements, and you avoid costly penalties or other interruptions of your operations for non-compliance.

When you are setting up a business in Accra, one of the first and strong regulators you’ll have to deal with is the Accra Metropolitan Assembly. To help start-ups and existing businesses to deal with the AMA successfully, Labone Express presents an outline of the Assembly’s Business Operating Permit (BOP).

The Business Operating Permit is established by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly’s Business Operating Permit bye-law of 1995. That bye-law is made in exercise of the powers conferred on the Metropolitan Assembly by section 79 of the Local Government Act, 1993 (Act 462).

  • No person shall carry on any business, in or upon any premises within the area of authority of the AMA, which is Accra, without a Business Permit duly granted by the AMA.
  • A Business Permit granted shall expire on the 31st day of December the year for which it is granted. Businesses must renew their permits at the beginning of each year.
  • A Business permit once granted is not transferable
  • The permit shall be displayed in a conspicuous part of the premises on which the business is operated.
  • A fee is charged in line with nature of business for every Business Permit granted in accordance with the Assembly’s fee fixing resolution.
  • Where an owner of a rateable permanent or temporary property, who is required to pay property rate, runs any business in that property, that owner shall in addition be required to pay for a business permit.
  • Any officer or a person duly authorised by the AMA may, during business hours enter into or upon any building, premises or land within the area of authority of the AMA for the purpose of carrying out any inspection enquiry or any other duties authorised by the AMA.
  • No person shall obstruct or interfere with any officer or person authorised by the AMA in the performance of any duties assigned to him under the bye-law.
  • The AMA may withdraw or revoke any Business permit granted if any condition for granting of the business permit is breached.
  • The AMA may close down any business or suspend its activities until the permit fee is paid for the operation of the business.
  • Where for any reason a company winds up its business entirely or suspends its operations, it shall inform the AMA immediately about such a closure or suspension of business activities.
  • Where a company fails to inform the AMA about closure or suspension of its operations, it shall continue to be billed by the AMA for its fees for Business permit.
  • A person who fails to pay the Business permit fees at the prescribed time shall pay the outstanding fees plus interest at current bank rate with effect from the day of default up to and including the day of the final payment of the fees.
  • A person who contravenes any provision of the BOP bye-laws commits an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine or in default to a term of imprisonment or both.

That’s it, an overview of Business Operating Permit. We hope you find this information useful. Share your comment or question with us; Write in the comment box below and click submit. Thanks.

28 thoughts on “Accra’s Business Operating Permit — An Overview

  1. I am a Canadian who has owned a company in Accra and held a BOP for the last 5 years. I am now informed that I must submit my Canadian balance sheet in order to pick up my BOP from the AMA, Is this a necessity? Reference # AYW13061001001

    1. Normally it’s not a necessity. But in case you petitioned the AMA for the fees charged on your business, some documents may be demanded to re-assess your fees, however your Canadian balance sheet may not be one of those documents.

    1. 1.How much can a mobile money merchant in a kiosk pay in order to acquire the BOP
      2.if i want to open a shop now which we are left with 1 month to end the year , will i still be required to pay the fee for the whole year ?

  2. In the case where the year has not ended and but you’ve paid half of the amount charged, is is right for the AMA to close your business place?

  3. These fees when paid, what are they used for? Does AMA have any specific plans or activities for which these monies are used? How does a business monitor the use of its money paid to AMA?

  4. Very helpful info. Great job! However I’m wondering if the fee is a flat rate? If not what are the chargeable rates for both those who ran business on their properties and pay property rates and others running business at places where they dont pay any property rate?

  5. Please if i rent a ware house and it contains 7 storage spaces, am i to pay for BOPs for all the seven.? if so why. thanks

  6. What criteria is used to bill the BOP.
    Please is it by discretion or there is a document which States how much should be paid.
    If so what is the name of the document?

  7. At my home and render services like digital art design. but do not have a formal office. So currently want to suspend the business for now… how do i go about suspending the business so that i do not incur any debt?

Leave a Reply