Starting a Business in Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa is a coastal city in southeastern Kenya along the Indian Ocean.

It was the first capital of British East Africa, before Nairobi was elevated to capital city status in 1907.

It now serves as the capital of Mombasa County.

ProcedureTime to Complete    Associated Costs
1. Obtain approval for the company name from the Registrar of Companies 
4 days (3 days name      approval + 1 day travel)
KES 3,100 (filing fee: KES 100 + transportation: KES 3,000)
2. Stamp the memorandum and articles and a statement of the nominal capital 
10 days (7 – 14 days)
KES 8,080 (1% of nominal capital + KES 2,020 stamp duty on Memorandum and Articles of Association)

3. Pay stamp duty at bank
1 dayKES 100 (bank commission)

4. Declaration of compliance (Form 208) is signed before a Commissioner for Oaths
1 dayKES 200

5. File deed and details with the Registrar of Companies at the Attorney General’s Chamber in Nairobi (Sheria House)
14 days (14 – 21 days)KES 5,836

 6. Register with the Tax Department for the single taxpayer identification number online
1 dayNo cost

7. Apply for a business permit
2 daysKES 8,500

8. Register with the National Social Security Fund (NSSF)
1 dayNo cost

9. Register with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF)
1 dayNo cost

10. Make a company seal after a certificate of incorporation has been issued
2 daysKES 3,000

Reference: County Government of Mombasa