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I want to start a business in sri Lanka: how do I get started?

Starting a business can often seem quite daunting. We all like to fantasise about quitting our dull day jobs and becoming our own bosses – but a whole lot of people find it incredibly difficult figuring out how to transform that dream into a reality.

Thanks to the Sri Lanka thriving start-up scene and business-friendly regulatory environment, more and more entrepreneurs are finding out that starting a business can be a fairly simple process. 

How register Private Limited Company in Sri Lanka?

If you’re thinking about starting a business in Sri Lanka, you’d be wise to arrive with a plan and a bit of capital. The World Bank ranks the country 109th out of 189 countries on its ‘Ease of Doing Business’ index. However, Sri Lanka has seen the emergence of more start-ups within the past decade. The government has made efforts to encourage trade and entrepreneurship.

Our 2-step company Registration process 

(01) Choose a company name

To find out the availability of your proposed name

Searching can be done online via the website of the Department of the Registrar of Companies (www.drc.gov.lk). The company name reservation is valid for 3 months.

(02) Company Registration

 After obtaining the name approval, our online application form is really easy to complete and it requires only a few minutes of your time. You must provide the following information:

  • Registered office address
  • Director’s details
  • Shareholder’s details and percentage
  • Memorandum and articles of association. 

After adding the above details, fill in the information of your designated, registered company   secretary. This includes, adding their registration number to confirm they fit the local regulations after that the system generates Form 1, Form 18 and Form 19. It requires your signature, along with additional details that you should manually enter. Additionally, the Article of Association needs to be drafted by you or a company secretary.

And What are the forms?

Form 1 – Company Registration (Rs. 4,000 + VAT 15%)

Form 18 – Consent and Certificate of Director (Rs. 2,000 + VAT 15%)

Form 19 – Consent and Certificate of Secretary/Secretaries (Rs. 2,000 + VAT 15%)

Article of Association – A company may either adopt the standard set of Articles of Association in Table A of the Companies Act of Sri Lanka or draft its own Articles of Association (Rs. 2,000 + VAT 15%)

According to Section 9 of Sri Lanka’s Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 and section 3(a) of the Gazette Notice No. 1566/32 dated 12/09.2008 public notice must be given within 30 working days of the incorporation of a company. The notice of incorporation specifying the name of the company, registration number, date of incorporation, and address of the registered office should be published in the Government Gazette and in any Sri Lankan newspaper in three languages: English, Sinhala and Tamil. The proof of publication should then be filed with the Registrar of Companies.