The division’s goal is to develop a business environment which is supportive and positive towards entrepreneurs, with the goal of helping and promoting them even when they are only at the stage of intending to open a business.
The Business Promotion Division recommends that entrepreneurs approach the Business Licensing Authority while still undertaking feasibility studies for establishing the business (before they have rented property) in order to help them make an informed decision and save unnecessary expenditures later on in the process.
The entrepreneur will fill out a form with personal details, in which he/she will note the type of information requested, according to one of three tracks as detailed below:
There are three different tracks for receiving the information, as detailed below:
Track 1 – General Information
in this track, the entrepreneur will receive general information about the process of submitting the application and the requirements of the various bodies for the type of business he/she is requesting to open.
Information delivery: a face-to-face inquiry to the service clerk, asking to receive general information about the process of submitting an application to the approving bodies taking part of the licensing process, and other general information in accordance with the type of business the entrepreneur wishes to open.
Track 2 – Preliminary Information
Information given to the entrepreneur regarding the type of business and the property that he/she is interested in renting, which is given as no more than an opinion according to computerized information found at the Division's offices. The information includes whether the city building plan and the building permits allow such a business to operate on the property. An entrepreneur who comes to the Division's offices seeking preliminary information must bring with him/her details regarding the property's address, property identification, block, and lot information.
Note: It should be noted that the information is provided based on to existing information in the computer system, and may be incomplete.
Track 3 – Binding preliminary information:
Provision of a binding opinion to the entrepreneur, which requires the official submission of the application for a preliminary opinion for a business license, fee payment, and a visit to the property.
An entrepreneur who comes to the Division's offices seeking a binding preliminary opinion must bring with him/her the following details: the property's address, property identification, block and lot information, as well as the construction plan for the future business, approved by the architect, photographs of the building's facades, a map of the location, a business plan, and a diagram of the surrounding environment.
The opinion given as part of this track is valid for some 6 months.
The preliminary opinion given by the Ministry of Health:
In order to improve service during the business licensing process, and in order to reduce the percentage of restaurant requests rejected by the Ministry of Health, the Division, in cooperation with the Jerusalem region of the Ministry of Health offers a new licensing procedure whereby, following Ministry of Health approval, the business owner and the submitter of the request will sign an affidavit stating that the business matches the approved plan.
Technical affair as part of a sanitary program for food houses
Undertaking to implement an approved plan
Declaration regarding the suitability of a business to a plan approved