A ‘Shop and Establishment Registration’ or popularly known as ‘Trade license’ in many States and ‘Gumasta License’ in Maharashtra.
Shops and Commercial Establishments Act 1958 was enacted to regulate the working hours, weekly/monthly off, payment of wages, terms and condition of employment, holidays, leave etc. of persons employed in shops, commercial establishments.
Trade license issuing authority varies state to state, therefore Rules and Regulations of Trade license varies state to state as per State Shops and Establishment act or Some other specific Act to regulate Shops and Establishments within the state and its process and documentation also varies slightly.
Every employer shall within 30 days from the date on which the establishment commences its work shall file statement together with fees to the Chief Inspector of the area concerned. In some state period for Registering may differ state to state.
Municipal Corporation or Local Authority is the concern department in the state/Locality to issue Trade License.