Here Are The Step-By-Step Process and Various Permits, Licenses, and Certificates Required for Building And Operating a Petrol Station in Tanzania.

To run a petrol station in Tanzania without getting into a legal trouble, you need to obtain various licenses and permits from numerous authorities. Below are steps and procedure to run a legal petrol station business in Tanzania.

1.Getting a Land Title Deed /Land acquisition and ownership

The Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development is the commission responsible for issuing a land title deed. And the letter of agreement will be issued by the land titleholder.

2.Obtaining a Business License, Tax Registration, Etc.

I will skip this step because I imagine that you would have already registered a company. So, you should have a certificate of incorporation, an identification number (TIN) from the Tanzanian Revenue Authority, a business license, and you have a VAT certificate issued by Tanzania Revenue Authority

3.Obtaining a Building Permit.

You need to get a permit for constructing a new building from the local government.

3.Getting Environment and Social Clearances

The next step is to carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA). And this is done to ensure that the proposed petrol station project will not cause danger to the environment. The National Environment Management Council (NEMC) is the authority that will audit and award you a certificate once you comply with its standard.

4.Construction Permit

You  should  submit the application to EWURA to get an approval to construct a petrol station. So, you should fill the application form and provide the relevant information.

5.Petrol  Station Operation License

After the completion of construction works, an application for a license to operate a petrol station should be made to the Energy Water and Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA). The license is grated after officials of the EWURA have inspected your petrol station and they are confident that you meet the standard setup by the authority


Other licenses for running petrol stations in Tanzania  are Fire safety inspection certificate,  fire construction permit,  , OSHA registration certificate, OSHA compliance certificate, WMA certificate.

I hope this helps.


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