Licensing (obtaining a license) in Belarus

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  1. Eligibility for a license
  2. License validity
  3. Activities for which a license is required

Certain types of activities in the Republic of Belarus are subject to licensing. This is provided for by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Belarus "On licensing certain types of activities" dated September 01, 2010. No. 450 (hereinafter - the Decree). The person who has special permission is called the licensee. According to the above-mentioned Decree: License is a special permit to carry out a type of activity subject to mandatory compliance with licensing requirements and conditions, issued by the licensing authority to the license applicant. It is illegal to conduct activities that are subject to licensing without a license. Business entities should pay attention to the responsibility for conducting activities without a license. So a legal entity can be liquidated by decision of a state body, and the activity of an individual entrepreneur is terminated. The income received as a result of activities without a license is sent to the budget.

Eligibility for a license

Legal entities, individual entrepreneurs and individuals, including foreign legal entities and foreign organizations registered in the Republic of Belarus, have the right to obtain a license. For the issuance, amendments and additions, extension of the term, renewal of the license, as well as the issuance of its duplicate, a state fee is charged. The decision to issue or refuse to issue a license is formalized by an order (decision) of the licensing authority. The decision made by the licensing authority can be appealed in court. For this, the applicant is given only one month from the date of the decision, and if a written notification is provided by the licensing authority within one month from the date of receipt of such notification by the license applicant. 

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License validity

The licensee has the right to carry out licensed activities from the date of obtaining the license. The term of the license, as a rule, is unlimited, unless otherwise provided by legislative acts. The license term can be renewed an unlimited number of times. It is worth paying attention to the timing of the expiration of the license. So the authorized representative is obliged, no later than one month and no earlier than three months before the expiration of the license, to submit an application to the licensing authority to extend this period, and also attach a document confirming the payment of the state duty. In case of violation of these terms, the licensing authority refuses to accept the application, which will entail the preparation of documents for obtaining a license again. Within 10 working days, the licensing authority makes a decision on the extension of the license. Upon receipt of a license on a new form, the licensee is obliged to hand over the old original to the licensing authority.

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Activities for which a license is required

The license specifies the work and (or) services to be performed. The list of documents required for obtaining a license is set in Chapter 2 of the Decree. This document establishes that it is prohibited to require documents and information from the applicant that are not provided for by the provision approved by the Decree. Notarized copies are not required if the documents are submitted in original. The submitted documents are accepted according to the inventory with a mark of the date of documents acceptance A copy of the inventory is given to the applicant. The interests of the applicant can be represented by an authorized person by power of attorney or on the basis of constituent documents. An application for a license must be considered by the licensing authority within 15 (fifteen) business days from the date of receipt of documents from an authorized person. If it is necessary to conduct an assessment and examination, the period may be extended up to 10 (ten) business days. If the license is lost, the licensee may be issued a duplicate. It is issued within 3 (three) working days from the date of submission of all necessary documents. During the period when the duplicate is lost and until it is issued, the license is not suspended.

Licensed activities in the Republic of Belarus Components of work and services of licensed activities in Belarus Licensing authority in the Republic of Belarus
Lawyer activity has Ministry of Justice
Banking has National Bank
Veterinary activities
  • diagnostics, prevention of diseases and treatment of farm animals, companion animals, animals used in cultural events, zoos, circuses, menageries, service and laboratory animals
  • production of veterinary drugs
  • wholesale and retail trade of veterinary drugs
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Activities in the field of road transport
  • urban and suburban road transport of passengers
  • intercity road transport of passengers
  • transportation of passengers by taxi cars
  • international road transport of passengers
  • international road transport of goods
Ministry of Transport and Communications
Broadcasting activities
  • TV program broadcast
  • radio broadcast
Ministry of Information
Activities in the field of the use of atomic energy and sources of ionizing radiation activities in the field of atomic energy use:
  • design, manufacture, placement, construction, installation, adjustment, operation, diagnostics, repair, maintenance, decommissioning (or a selection from the specified list of works) of nuclear installations
  • design, placement, construction, operation, decommissioning (or a selection from the specified list of works) of storage facilities for nuclear materials
  • handling nuclear materials, nuclear fuel, spent nuclear materials, spent nuclear fuel, operational radioactive waste (or a selection from the specified list of facilities)
  • activities in the field of using sources of ionizing radiation:
  • design, manufacture, installation, adjustment, diagnostics, repair, maintenance (or selection from the specified list of works) of radiation devices and installations
  • design of radiation facilities
  • operation, storage (or a selection from the specified list of works) of radiation devices containing radionuclide sources with a source activity of more than 3,7 x 1010 Bq, sealed radionuclide sources with a source activity of more than 3,7 x 1010 Bq (or a sample from the specified list of objects)
  • operation of radiation devices with an accelerating voltage over 100 kV, charged particle accelerators (or a selection from the specified list of objects)
  • production of radioactive substances and (or) products based on them, including their storage
  • the use of open radionuclide radiation sources, including their storage, the work with which belongs to I and II classes
  • radioactive waste management activities:
  • neutralization, processing, storage, disposal (or selection from the specified list of works) of radioactive waste
  • design, placement, construction, decommissioning (or selection from the specified list of works) of radioactive waste storage facilities
  • activities for the design and manufacture of technological equipment and radiation protection means:
  • design, manufacture (or selection from the specified list of works) of technological equipment for nuclear facilities
  • design, manufacture (or a selection from the specified list of works) of radiation protection equipment for radiation facilities
  • activities related to safety expertise in the field of the use of atomic energy and sources of ionizing radiation:
  • safety expertise in the field of atomic energy use
  • conducting a safety examination in the field of using sources of ionizing radiation.
Ministry of Emergency Situations
Activities in the field of industrial safety activities related to explosive materials (substances) for industrial use:
  • production, storage (or selection from the specified list of works) of explosive materials (substances) for industrial use
  • blasting operations, activities related to hazardous production facilities, technical devices, amusement rides
  • operation of hazardous production facilities and (or) amusement rides controlled by the Department for the supervision of the safe conduct of work in industry
  • design (construction), installation, commissioning, maintenance, diagnostics, repair (or selection from the specified list of works) of technical devices
  • design, installation (or a selection from the specified list of works) of objects of oil and gas pipelines, oil product pipelines, gas distribution system and gas consumption (or a selection from the specified list of objects)
  • design (development of the technological section) of boiler houses.
Ministry of Emergency Situations
Communication activities public telecommunication services:
  • provision of international telephone connection
  • provision of long distance telephone connection
  • provision of a local telephone connection
  • provision of telecommunication channels for use
  • data transmission services, telephony service over IP-protocol, IP-television service (or a selection from the specified list of services)
  • mobile telecommunication services (excluding cellular mobile telecommunications)
  • broadcast of television programs
  • on-air broadcast of sound programs
  • fixed satellite and mobile satellite telecommunication services (or a selection from the specified list of services)
  • cellular mobile telecommunication services
  • public postal services
  • forwarding of postal items
  • acceptance of subscriptions to print media and delivery of print media (or a selection from the specified list of services)
Ministry of Communications and Informatization
Activities in the field of gambling business
  • casino content
  • maintenance of the slot machine hall
  • tote content
  • bookmaker maintenance
Ministry of Taxes and Duties
Activities for the procurement (purchase) of scrap and waste of ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • procurement (purchase) of scrap and waste of ferrous and non-ferrous metals
  • purchase of used lead-acid batteries with electrolyte
Ministry of Industry
Fire safety activities
  • operation of fire and explosion hazardous production facilities and facilities with a mass presence of people according to the list approved in accordance with the established procedure:
  • operation of fire and explosive production facilities according to the list approved in accordance with the established procedure
  • operation of facilities with mass presence of people according to the list approved in accordance with the established procedure
  • design, installation, commissioning, maintenance (or a selection from the specified list of works) of automatic fire alarm systems, automatic fire extinguishing systems, smoke protection systems, fire warning and evacuation control systems (or a selection from the specified list of systems)
  • fire hazard tests, fire resistance tests (or a selection from the specified list of works) of substances, materials, products, equipment and building structures (or a selection from the specified list of objects)
  • creation and functioning of units that carry out the prevention and (or) elimination of emergencies
  • production, overhaul of fire fighting equipment (machinery and equipment), equipment, rescue devices, fire extinguishers, fire extinguishing agents and other fire protection means, trade in the specified products (or a selection from the specified list of works)
  • performance of works with the use of fire retardants
  • scientific and technical, expert and consulting activities to ensure fire safety:
  • scientific and technical activities to ensure fire safety
  • expert activity on:
  • preparation of conclusions on the conformity of equipment, products, structures, compositions, substances and materials, design documentation to technical regulatory legal acts of the fire-prevention regulation and standardization system
  • development of fire safety data sheets
  • performing calculations to determine the level of ensuring the fire safety of people, the likelihood of a fire, assessing the economic efficiency of fire safety systems
  • consulting activities in the field of ensuring fire safety, explaining the ways and methods of ensuring fire safety
Ministry of Emergency Situations
Psychological assistance activities has Ministry of Health care
Activities for the development and production of strict reporting forms, as well as special materials to protect them from counterfeiting
  • development of strict reporting forms
  • production of strict reporting forms
  • production of special materials to protect against counterfeiting of strict reporting forms
Ministry of Finance
Activity on technical and (or) cryptographic information protection
  • development, production, sale, installation, commissioning, service maintenance (or a selection from the specified list of works) of technical means of information processing in a secure version, software for information processing in a secure version, hardware, software, software and hardware for information protection and control of its security , means of cryptographic protection of information (or a selection from the specified list of means)
  • testing, special studies (or a selection from the specified list of works) of technical means of information processing, software for information processing, technical, software, hardware and software for information protection and control of its security, cryptographic information protection means (or a selection from the specified list of means) for safety requirements
  • design, creation (or selection from the specified list of works) information security systems at informatization objects
  • design, creation (or selection from the specified list of works) information security systems of information systems
  • certification of objects of informatization
  • certification of information systems protection systems
  • carrying out work to identify special technical means designed to secretly obtain information
  • certification of the form of external presentation of an electronic document on paper
  • provision of services for the distribution of public keys for signature verification
Operational and Analytical Center under the President of the Republic of Belarus
Activities related to environmental impact
  • handling ozone depleting substances
  • use of waste of 1 - 3 classes of hazard, neutralization, disposal of waste
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection
Activities related to precious metals and precious stones
  • use in the production of precious metals and precious stones
  • processing of precious stones
  • storage of precious metals and precious stones
  • manufacture of products from precious metals and precious stones
  • repair (restoration) of items made of precious metals and precious stones
  • wholesale of precious metals and precious stones
  • retail trade in products made of precious metals and precious stones
  • reception from the population of items made of precious metals and precious stones under commission agreements
  • purchase of precious metals and precious stones in products and scrap
  • pledging of items made of precious metals and precious stones
  • collection and processing of scrap and waste containing precious metals and (or) precious stones from legal entities and individuals.
Ministry of Finance
Activities related to cryptographic protection of information and means of secret obtaining of information has State Security Committee
Activities related to the circulation of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors
  • purchase, manufacture, storage, retail sale and destruction of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances
  • purchase, manufacture, storage, release (distribution) in healthcare organizations and (or) their structural units and destruction of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances
  • acquisition, production, processing, storage, destruction and wholesale of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors
  • purchase, storage, wholesale of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors
  • purchase, storage, retail sale and destruction of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances
  • acquisition, storage, use for medical purposes and destruction of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances
  • acquisition, storage and use for scientific and educational purposes, expert activity and destruction of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors
  • acquisition, storage, use in veterinary medicine and destruction of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances
Ministry of Health care
Activities related to the improvement of children abroad has Administrative Department of the President of the Republic of Belarus
Activities related to the control of radioactive contamination has Ministry of Emergency Situations
Activities related to the employment of citizens abroad, the collection and dissemination (including in the global computer network of the Internet) of information about individuals for the purpose of their acquaintance
  • employment of citizens of the Republic of Belarus abroad
  • collection and dissemination (including in the global computer network of the Internet) information about individuals for the purpose of their acquaintance
Ministry of Interior
Activities related to military products has State military-industrial committee
Activities related to the production of alcoholic, non-food alcohol-containing products, non-food ethyl alcohol and tobacco products
  • alcohol production
  • production of non-food alcohol-containing products
  • production of non-edible ethyl alcohol
  • manufacture of tobacco products
State Committee for Standardization
Activities related to the production of aluminum, lead, zinc, tin, copper and the casting of finished and semi-finished products from aluminum and heavy non-ferrous metals
  • production of aluminum, lead, zinc, tin, copper and alloys based on them (or a selection from the specified list of metals and alloys based on them)
  • casting of finished products and semi-finished products from aluminum and heavy non-ferrous metals and alloys based on them (or a selection from the specified list of metals and alloys based on them)
Ministry of Industry
Activities related to service and civilian weapons and ammunition, collecting and exhibiting weapons and ammunition
  • manufacture of weapons and ammunition
  • sale of weapons and ammunition
  • repair of weapons and ammunition
  • collecting and exhibiting weapons and ammunition
Ministry of Interior
Medical activity
  • 1.work and services carried out in the outpatient and (or) inpatient provision of medical care to the child and (or) adult population
  • 1.1. obstetrics
  • 1.2. allergology and immunology
  • 1.3. anesthesiology and resuscitation
  • 1.4. vaccination
  • 1.5. venereology
  • 1.6. gastroenterology
  • 1.7. hematology
  • 1.8. genetics
  • 1.9. gynecology
  • 1.10. dermatology
  • diagnostics:
  • laboratory: general clinical (non-invasive), biochemical research methods, microbiological, hematological, genetic, immunological, cytological, clinical and morphological (histological), parasitological, HIV diagnostics
  • radiation: X-ray, radionuclide, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, thermal imaging
  • pathological
  • functional
  • endoscopic
  • 1.12. fence, tissue transplantation:
  • tissue collection
  • tissue transplant
  • organization of blood donation, procurement, processing, storage of blood, its components and preparations from donated blood
  • 1.13. infectious diseases
  • 1.14. cardiology
  • 1.15. combustiology
  • 1.16. cosmetology
  • 1.17. physiotherapy
  • 1.18. massage
  • 1.19. narcology
  • 1.20. neurology
  • 1.21. non-traditional medical activities:
  • homeopathy
  • manual therapy
  • reflexology
  • phytotherapy
  • 1.22. nephrology
  • 1.23. general medical practice
  • 1.24. oncology, including radiation therapy, mammology and hematology oncology
  • 1.25. orthopedics
  • 1.26. otorhinolaryngology, including audiology
  • 1.27. ophthalmology
  • 1.28. pediatrics, including neonatology
  • 1.29. primary health care
  • 1.30. proctology, including coloproctology
  • 1.31. occupational pathology
  • 1.32. prosthetics:
  • breast
  • 1.33. psychiatry
  • 1.34. psychotherapy
  • 1.35. pulmonology
  • 1.36. radiology
  • 1.37. rehabilitology
  • 1.38. rheumatology
  • 1.39. emergency
  • 1.40. dentistry:
  • therapeutic
  • surgical
  • orthodontic
  • orthopedic
  • dental work
  • 1.41. therapy
  • 1.42. toxicology
  • 1.43. traumatology
  • 1.44. urology, including andrology
  • 1.45. physiotherapy
  • 1.46. phthisiology
  • 1.47. surgery, including angiosurgery, pediatric, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, surgical ophthalmology, including microsurgery, plastic aesthetic, X-ray endovascular, thoracic, maxillofacial, endoscopic surgery
  • 1.48. extracorporeal treatments, including hemosorption, dialysis (acute and chronic hemodialysis), plasmapheresis
  • 1.49. expert medical activity:
  • examination to identify the state of alcoholic intoxication and (or) the state caused by the consumption of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, their analogues, toxic or other intoxicating substances
  • certification for suitability for driving
  • examination for admission to work
  • aptitude assessment
  • 1.50. endocrinology
  • 2. works and services for installation, adjustment, maintenance and repair of medical equipment and (or) medical products
Ministry of Health care
Educational activities
  • training of personnel with vocational education
  • training of personnel with secondary specialized education
  • training of personnel with higher education
  • retraining and advanced training of personnel with specialized secondary and higher education
Ministry of Education
Provision of legal services
  • legal services
  • real estate services
Ministry of Justice
Wholesale and retail trade in petroleum products
  • wholesale of petroleum products
  • wholesale of imported petroleum products
  • retail trade in petroleum products
Belarusian State Concern for Oil and Chemistry
Wholesale and storage of alcoholic, non-food alcohol-containing products, non-food ethyl alcohol and tobacco products
  • wholesale of alcoholic beverages
  • wholesale of non-food alcohol-containing products
  • wholesale of non-food ethyl alcohol
  • wholesale trade in tobacco products
  • storage of alcoholic beverages
  • storage of non-food alcohol-containing products
  • storage of non-edible ethyl alcohol
  • storage of tobacco products
regional executive committees and Minsk city executive committee
Security activity
  • protection by a legal entity of its employees
  • protection by a legal entity of objects (property) belonging to it
  • design, installation, adjustment and maintenance of security equipment and systems
Ministry of Interior
Printing activity
  • release of printed materials without restrictions
  • release of printed materials (excluding newspapers)
Ministry of Information
Professional and stock exchange activities in securities
  • brokerage
  • dealer activity
  • depository activities
  • fiduciary activities
  • clearing activity
  • securities trading organization
Ministry of Finance
Retail sale of alcoholic beverages and (or) tobacco products
  • retail trade in alcoholic beverages
  • retail trade in tobacco products
Minsk City Executive Committee, city (including in cities with regional division) and district executive committees
Insurance activity
  • compulsory insurance
  • reinsurance
  • voluntary insurance
Ministry of Finance
Forensic activity
  • has
State Forensic Expertise Committee
Pharmaceutical activity
  • works and services related to the industrial production of medicines and their wholesale:
  • 1.1. industrial production of medicines and their wholesale
  • 1.2. industrial production of gases used for medical purposes and their wholesale
  • 1.3. industrial production of radiopharmaceutical drugs and their wholesale
  • 1.4. industrial production of alcohol-containing medicines and their wholesale
  • 1.5. industrial production of medicines in terms of packaging and packaging of finished medicines and (or) pharmaceutical substances and their wholesale
  • 1.6. industrial production of medicinal products in terms of processing, packaging and packaging of medicinal plant raw materials, preparation of fees and their wholesale sale
  • 2. works and services related to the sale of medicines and their pharmacy production and dispensing:
  • 2.1. pharmacy manufacturing of medicines
  • 2.2. dispensing medicines to healthcare organizations and (or) their structural units
  • 2.3. wholesale of medicines of domestic production and (or) foreign production
  • 2.4. wholesale of medicines
  • healthcare organizations
  • 2.5. retail sale of medicines
Ministry of Health care

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