Developer’s license
  1. Incorporate or register a company with Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) for the sole purpose of developing a free zone.
  2. Submit a duly filled application forma) Application form to be accompanied by the following documents: Agreement establishing a free zone where several developers establish the free zone; Feasibility Study or Business Plan; Master Plan; Marketing Plan; Environment Impact Assessment; Project Plan for establishing the Free Zone with clear indicators and timelines; Memorandum and Articles of Association; Certificate of Incorporation/ Registration; Tax Clearance Certificate, where applicable; Performance Bond in case of a Free Zone not established by government; other documents that the Authority may consider necessary.
  3. UFZA requests applicant to provide additional information or clarify information, within 5 working days of receipt of application.
  4. UFZA investigates and prepares a detailed report within 3 months of receipt of application or receipt of additional information or clarification.
  5. UFZA notifies applicant of the decision to grant the licence or not within 10 days after the detailed report.
  6. Developer is required to start operations within 12 months from the grant of the licence.
  7. UFZA may extend the commencement period, upon application by a Developer, for just cause.
  8. A person aggrieved by UFZA’s decision may apply to the Minister of Finance to review the decision within 30 days after the receipt of the decision.
Fees
  • Application fee to establish a free zone under regulation 6(4), s 25 Act (Developer’s licence) – USD $250
  • Annual licence payment – USD $5,000
Operator/Manager’s license
  1. Incorporate/Register a company with URSB for the purpose of producing goods or services within a free zone.
  2. Submit a duly filled application form
  3. Application form to be accompanied by the following documents: feasibility study/business plan; marketing plan; project plan for operating or managing a free zone with clear indicators and timelines; Memorandum and articles of association; Certificate of Incorporation/ Registration; tax clearance certificate, where applicable; Bond Guarantee in case of a free zone established by Government; other documents that the UFZA may consider necessary.
  4. UFZA requests applicant for additional information or clarify information within 5 working days of receipt of application.
  5. UFZA investigates and prepares a detailed report within 45 days of receipt of application or receipt of additional information or clarification.
  6. UFZA notifies applicant of decision to grant the licence or not.
  7. The operator shall commence activities after the Commissioner General (Uganda Revenue Authority) issues a certificate conforming that all conditions for keeping records and security of customed goods have been complied with.
  8. A person aggrieved by UFZA’s decision may apply to the Minister of Finance to review the decision within 30 days after the receipt of the decision.
Fees
  • Application fee for free zone operator’s licence or manager’s licence under regulation 15(2), s. 38 of the Act – USD $250
  • Annual licence payment – USD $1,000