According to the Trade and Industry Department in Hong Kong all companies are required to apply for a business license according to the specifics of its activities. The following business licenses are available in Hong Kong: food licenses, license for non-food goods and service licenses. However, there are business activities that require special licenses or permits that can only be obtained with the relevant authorities in Hong Kong. Among these money services operators, telecommunication companies and traveling agencies are required to obtain special licenses and are also required to satisfy certain conditions, such as having a minimum share capital in order to properly function.
Chapter 615 in the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing Ordinance (AMLO) is the main regulatory legislation stating the requirements and special licenses a financial institution, bank or insurance company must obtain in Hong Kong before commencing operating. All money service operators in Hong Kong are required to apply for a special permit with the Commissioner and Customs and Excise (CCE) Office. The special license obtained with the CCE will contain information the addresses of each unit of the money service operator, the validity the special permit and will be issued according to Section 30, 31 or 32 in the AMLO depending on the type of service provided. The licenses have a two-year validity period and can be renewed.
All telecommunication operators in Hong Kong are required to apply for a special license with the Communication Authority. Depending on the type of company an operator wants to open, the following special licenses can be obtained in Hong Kong:
Also depending on the type of special permit obtained there are several class licenses. Among these there are the class licenses for short range devices, for taxi mobile stations, for telecommunication services, or for public wireless local area network services.
Depending on the type of food facilities provided, all restaurants, bars and catering companies in Hong Kong are required to obtain certain special permits. These special licenses are divided in categories depending on the services provided. Among them we can find special permits for beverages and tobacco, for vegetables and fruits, for dairy products, for fish and crustaceans or meat.