Business Licences

Certain businesses need a licence to operate. Before opening any business find out what the requirements are. You may not begin trading in a business that requires a licence before the licences has been issued. Trading without a valid licence is punishable by law. The sale of liqueur is governed by the (Liquor act of 1998, act 6 of 1998).

Businesses that need a license
if you are running any of the following businesses, you will need to apply for a license.
  • Food provision
    You need a license to sell or supply meals, take-away or perishable foodstuff.(Restaurants)
  • Health and entertainment facilities
    You need a license for:
  • Massage or infra-red treatments;
  • Three or more slot machines and electronic games;
  • Nightclubs and Bars or shebeen, where live or loud music is played;
  • Cinemas and theatres;
  • Hawkers
If you are a hawker selling food and meals, which you take from place to place or sell from a vehicle, you need to have a permit from the Town Council.

To Run a Business In Ondangwa

You will need to apply for a license from Environmental Health Department.

In addition, you will need to pay a once-off application fee. Once the documentation is completed, the application will be forwarded to different divisions to check that the town requirements are met:
  • Environmental health
  • Noise and air pollution control
  • Public safety
  • Urban planning
  • Building control
An inspection is carried out at the premises by the departments concerned. Only when all departments have retuned favourable reports and recommend approval the trade license will be issued. Liquor Licences is obtainable from the Ministry of Justice, at Court.


Police Service

Police: 065-242650
Police: 065-242663/242651

Fire Service

Fire brigade: 0814410889 / 0812798665
NAC Fire Services: 065-240515

Electrical Service

Electricity failures: 065-2822123 / 248847
NORED Toll-Free: 0800000100

Water Service

Burst water pipe: 065-240101

Ambulance Service

State Ambulance: 065 280400/1
Namibia Private Ambulance Services: 0819696/ 0811473387
Ondangwa Private Ambulance Services: 08190200
E-med: 081924

Hospital Service

Ondangwa Private Hospital: 065-242395/6

Ondangwa State Hospital: 065-280400/1/2/3