WHAT IS THE COST OF REGISTERING A BUSINESS IN GHANA + OTHER FEES?

WHAT IS THE COST OF REGISTERING A BUSINESS IN GHANA + OTHER FEES?

 

How much does it cost to register a business in Ghana and what other statutory charges are there in maintaining a company’s books? Business registration is the first formal step in starting a business in Ghana. As a going concern, every business has to file its annual returns and may also file other statutory forms and resolutions from time to time as the business grows and changes occur. The Registrar General’s Department of Ghana (RGD), provides sundry services including business registration, marriage certification, trademarks, patents and administration of wills among others. We are happy to share with you a list of key services and the applicable charges (updated 2017).

Cost of registering business in Ghana

BUSINESS TYPE CHARGES
1. SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP  
a.      Registration of Business name

b.     Certified True Copy (CTC)

¢50

¢10

      c.  Filing of form D ¢25
d.     Annual renewal ¢25
2. PARTNERSHIP  
a.      Registration of partnership

b.     CTC

¢150

¢10

c. Annual renewal ¢50
       d. Change of name ¢110
       e. Filing of Form B ¢50
f. Filing of Memorandum of Satisfaction for Registration ¢60
3. COMPANY LIMITED BY SHARES  
a.      Incorporation of a company

b.     CTC

¢200

¢30   

c.       Filing of form 3&4 ¢100
d.     Stamp duty (0.5% on stated capital)  
      e.  Filing of Annual Returns Yearly ¢50
f.  Change of Name by Resolution

g. CTC

¢100

¢10   

      h.  Filing of Form 17

i.  CTC

¢50

¢10   

      j. Filing of Form 15

      k. CTC

¢50

¢10   

      l. Filing of Form 9

      m.   CTC

¢50

¢10    

n. Filing of Form 13

o. CTC

¢50

¢10     

      p. Filing of Special Resolution

q.  CTC

¢50

¢10      

      r. Deed of Transfer

      s. CTC

¢50

¢10    

      t.    Filing of Form 6

      u.  CTC

¢50

¢10     

      v. Filing of Form 7

      w. CTC

¢50

¢10      

      x. Filing of form 8

       y. CTC

¢50

¢10       

       z. Name of Reservation ¢50
       a. Search in the Register ¢25
      b. On any other conversion from Private to Public ,Public to Private, Limited to Unlimited, Unlimited to Limited ¢250
c.       For registration of any statement in lieu of prospectus under section 274 of the Act

d.     CTC

e.      Filing

 

¢700

¢10    

¢50

        f. To obtain the consent of the registrar to make the invitation to the public for deposits pursuant to section 289 of Act 179 including the registration of any advertisement or circular in connection with it. ¢1,200
4. COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE  
a.      Incorporation of a company

CTC

Filing of Form 3

¢200

¢20

¢50 

b.     Annual Returns ¢50
c.       Change of Name by special resolution

d.     CTC

¢100

¢10  

e.      On conversion of a company limited by shares to a company limited by guarantee ¢250
f.  Change of Name by Special Resolution

g.  CTC

¢100

¢10  

      h. Filing of Form 17

i.  CTC

¢50

¢10   

      j.  Filing of Form 15

      k. CTC

¢50

¢10

       l.  Filing of form 9

CTC

¢50

¢10   

     m. Filing of Form 13

CTC

¢50

¢10

     n.  Filing of Special Resolution

     o.     CTC

¢50

¢10   

     p. Deed of transfer

     q.     CTC

¢50

¢10    

     r.  Filing of Form 6

     s.      CTC

¢50

¢10   

     t.   Filing of form 7

     u.     CTC

¢50

¢10

     v.  Filing of form 8

CTC

¢50

¢10   

     w.  Name of Reservation ¢50
     x. Search in the Register ¢25
5. SUBSIDIARY BUSINESS NAME  
a.      Registration of subsidiary Business Name

b.   CTC

¢50

¢10    

      c.   Filing of Form D ¢25
e. Annual Renewal ¢25
6. EXTERNAL COMPANY  
a.      Registration of External Company US$1,200
      b. Registration of Group Accounts of an External Company US$600
c. Filing of External Company Documents US$250
7. PROFESSIONAL BODIES  
a.      Registration of Professional Body ¢1,200
b.     Annual Returns ¢500
8. TRADEMARK  
a.      Trade Mark Search US$110
b.     Trade Mark Application US$200
c.    Trade Mark Certificate US$200
d. Annual Renewal US$390
e. Cancellation US$110
9. PATENT  
a.      Patent Application ¢100
b.     Renewal ¢25
c.       Amendment ¢35
d.     Filing Correction ¢25
e.      International type search ¢25
f.       On request for grant of a utility certificate ¢50

We trust that you have found this information useful. You can now calculate your budget for the new company you want to register.Payment of any of these services can be made directly at the Fidelity Bank located within the RGD offices. All completed forms must be vetted by company inspectors before payment is made.

7 Comments
  • Gail Gaizer
    Posted at 00:29h, 24 May Reply

    can one convert sole proprietorship to an LLC?

    • firmusadmin
      Posted at 06:48h, 31 May Reply

      Yes a sole proprietorship business can be converted into LLC. Thx.
      ALEX

  • ebrahim
    Posted at 18:23h, 31 October Reply

    how much is cost for 100% foreign ownership

    • firmusadmin
      Posted at 06:25h, 01 November Reply

      Hi, let us know the type of company and the business activities, so we can give you an indication of the cost of incorporation. Thanks.
      Alex

  • Gary McKown
    Posted at 15:56h, 15 November Reply

    We have a 100 acre cocoa farm in Japekrom Ghana and was charge 8,000.00 US Dollars for business license and title deed papers
    The cocoa farm was willed to us because of the death of our father. I looked thru the prices here and I see that something is very wrong with the figures we were charged

    • firmusadmin
      Posted at 16:16h, 15 November Reply

      Hmmmm….Sadly it happens if you don’t get the right person to hold your hand when starting a business in a new environment. Let us know if we can be of help in any way. Alex

      • Gary McKown
        Posted at 16:21h, 15 November Reply

        We had our lawyer there and a real estate agent too and no one said nothing about the cost. I was just curious why a government in Ghana wants to rip people off like this.

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