Setting up business also requires decoding the complexities of starting a business in a developing country such as India. This includes various stages from incorporation to preparing to operate, unit registration, taxation policies, and more. The following are the stages of setting up business


Incorporate a Company
Process/ Certification Authority/ Certifying body Website
Register on Ministry of Corporate Affairs website Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) MCA Website
Director Identification Number (DIN) MCA MCA Website for DIN
Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) MCA MCA Website for DSC
Check availability and Register company name

Register Trademark if applicable

 MCA/ Registrar of Companies

Trade Marks Registry

Check Availability

Register Company Name

Register Trademark

Stamp company documents Superintendent of Stamps, Mumbai/ E-payment through MCA Visit Link
Certificate of Incorporation MCA Certificate of Incorporation


Prepare to Operate
Process/ Certification Authority/ Certifying body Website
Permanent Account Number (PAN) Income Tax Department Apply for PAN
Registration under Bombay Shop and Establishment Act Labour Department (manual submission at District Municipal Office) Registration Link
Medical Insurance Employees State Insurance Corporation ESIC Website
Provident Fund Employees Provident Fund Organisation Provident Fund Website


Size Investment in Plant & Machinery
(Rs Mn)
Manufacturing Service
Micro < 2.5 < 1
Small 2.5 to 50 1 to 20
Medium 50 to 100 2 to 100
Large > 100 > 100
Unit Registration (All units)
Size of Unit Authority/ Certifying body Procedure
Micro, Small and Medium Industries General Manager
District Industries Centre (DIC)
Agricultural College Compound,
Shivaji Nagar, Pune – 411005
Register using MSME Form Part1
Large Units De-licensed products
Secretariat for Industrial Assistance (SIA), Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Register using Industrial Entrepreneur’s Memorandum (IEM) form
Licensed products
Secretariat for Industrial Assistance (SIA), Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Apply for License
Final clearance for all large-scale units
District Industries Centre (DIC) No Objection Certificate (NOC) for Locational Clearance
Additional Registrations (for select industries)
Industry Authority/ Certifying Body Procedure
Export Oriented Unit (EOU) District Industries Centre (DIC) Letter of Permission
Bio-Technology units District Industries Centre (DIC) Letter of Intent
IT unit Less than Rs 100 million
District Industries Centre (DIC) Registration
More than or equal to Rs 100 million
State Industrial & Investment Corporation of Maharashtra Limited (SICOM) Registration


Tax Registrations
Name Authority/ Certifying body Registration/ Form download
Tax Account Number (TAN)
Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number is issued to persons/entities who are required to deduct or collect tax on payments made by them under the Indian Income Tax Act
Income Tax Department Download Form
Professional Tax
It is the tax charged by state governments from any person earning an income from salary or any one practicing a profession
Department of Sales Tax Download Form
Value Added Tax (VAT)
It is a multi-stage state government tax with the provision to allow Input Tax Credit (ITC). VAT paid on inputs such as raw material can be set off against the VAT liability on subsequent sale.
Department of Sales Tax Register
Sales Tax
It is a tax on inter-state trade, import or export. It is payable in the state where the goods are sold and is not applicable on consignment or transfers to branch offices.
Department of Sales Tax Electronic Registration
Central Excise
It is a central tax levied on excisable goods manufactured in India.
Central Board of Excise and Customs Central Excise Circular
Central Excise Form
Service Tax
It is a central tax levied on services provided or to be provided. The provider of taxable output goods and services can avail Cenvat credit on input services.
Central Board of Excise and Customs Service Tax Website
Service Tax Registration
Local Body Tax (LBT)
It is a state government cess levied on the entry of goods for use and consumption within the jurisdictions of local municipal corporations.
Pune Municipal Corporation Local Body Tax Website



Once the land acquisition process is completed, the setting up operations begin. If the plot is part of a MIDC industrial estate the starred* process/certifications in the table below are approved by the respective Executive Engineer, MIDC. For further details on the MIDC single window clearance system visit the website.

Set up the Unit
Process/ Certification Authority/ Certifying body Website/ Form
Consent to Establish Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) Download Form
Provisional Fire Safety* Directorate of Maharashtra Fire Services Approval Procedure
Building Plan Approval* Pune District Collectorate Procedure
Final Fire Safety Approval* Directorate of Maharashtra Fire Services Electronic Approval
Consent to Operate Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) Consent Form
Building Permission (including drainage plan, connection and completion) * Depending on plot location:
Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) / Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)
Building Permission Modalities
More Information
Building Completion Certificate / Occupancy Certificate* Pune District Collectorate More Information
Factory License Director of Industrial Safety and Hazards (DISH) More Information
Plan Approval by inspector of Factory Director of Industrial Safety and Hazards (DISH) Plan Approval
Water Supply Connection* Depending on plot location:
Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) / Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)
PMC Website
PCMC Website
No Objection Certificate for Power Connection* Pune District Collectorate, More Information
Power Connection
(For substation or high tension connection prior approval from Public Works Department is required)
Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) Connection Form
Boiler (inspection and permission to operate) Directorate of Steam Boilers, Kamgar Bhavan, 7th floor, Plot # C-20, Block-E, Bandra-Kurla complex, Bandra, Mumbai 400051
Registration for employing Contract Labour Labour Department Contract Labour Application
Permission Form
License from Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS)
(different for Indian manufacturer, foreign manufacturer, Indian importer)
State office of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) License Form
Register with Legal Metrology Department (use of weights and measures) Legal Metrology Departmenrt Registration
Importer Exporter Code (IEC) Directorate General of Foreign Trade Impex Code Form


VAT input credit is available for goods produced and sold within the state

MIDC offers plots for 95-year lease with guaranteed infrastructure

MIDC offers single window clearance for state permissions required to set up a business

Pune is the 2nd best city in the Indian real estate market

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