bizHelp is for those individuals or potential business owners who wish to start a business or for existing business owners who wish to access advise and do not know where to reach out. Below is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help get a start.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the processes for setting up a business?
Click Here to find out about the processes for setting up a business.
Please explain the different types of business models and what am I required to do for reigstration?
Company – Private Company or Public Company
I have just lost my job and am thinking of starting a business, what licenses do I need to apply for?
Post registration, you must determine your business risk catergroy. Businesses are classified as either Low Risk or High Risk. Low Risk businesses are allowed to start operations, and must comply with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements within 6 months of registration. Below are the steps for application for the post registration compliance. (Step-by-Step Guide: Post Registration Compliance)
Businesses classified as High Risk, cannot start operating until all the relevant regulatory requirements are complied with.
Click HERE to access the Business Risk Categorisation Table. This table highlights the risk categories and post registration compliance for each business type.
How do I know which category my business falls within?
Businesses classified as high risk will not be eligible to operate, unless they meet other legislative requirements/relevant compliance requirements such as acquisition of OHS, NFA, Health License, Liquor License, etc.
Businesses classified as low risk are eligible to start operation upon completion of (i) Business name registration and (ii) TIN registration.
For businesses which are being established in a building compliant with OHS and NFA requirements, do not need to re-obtain these certification. In cases where the building is refurbished to suit the business needs, the business will need to obtain both, OHS and NFA certifications.
Click HERE to access the Business Categorisation Table.
What are the existing provisions, for me to start a business from home?
Owner to reside on the property;
Signage not to be more than 1 square meter in size;
Not to use mechanical or electrical equipment that is noisy or causes nuisance or disturbance;
Not more than 3 employees
Not store or display any material of equipment associated with the business outside the property where the business is carried out including the garage, verandah or the awn
Don’t change the structure of the principle property
Not create any pedestrian or vehicular traffic or parking in excess of what is necessary.
If my business is classified under high risk, what other requirements do I have to meet?
What am I required to do to ensure my business is complying with the tax requirements?
What taxes should I register my business for?
Can the one online registration for Tax Identification Number (TIN) register my business for all the relevant taxes that businesses pay in Fiji?
If I do not meet the other statutory requirements within the 6 months from beginning of my business, what can happen?
Who can I contact to get advice on setting up a business and assist me through the process?
Central/Eastern Division - +679 998 6503 or +679 990 7398
Western Division - +679 990 4340
Northern Division – +679 990 4337