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Getting Started in the Manufacturing Industry

If you are starting a manufacturing business, there are a number of requirements you should know about.

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Published by Enterprise Singapore
on 01 Apr 2018

A. Apply For Licences & Permits

You will need the relevant licences and permits when you:

  • Set up a factory
  • Use lifting equipment and pressure vessels
  • Manufacture certain products such as pesticides or telecommunications equipment
  • Are involved in manufacturing-related activities that could cause air pollution or discharge trade effluent
  • Operate establishments such as food factories or premises that could pose a risk to health and safety
  • Use materials or apparatus in your manufacturing process that are radioactive or include hazardous substances

If you would like to learn more, please go to the business licensing portal, Gobusiness Licensing Portal.


B. Learn More About Laws & Regulations

The manufacturing industry in Singapore is regulated and you should find out about the following:

  • Choosing premises and getting approval for your business
  • Getting planning permission if your premises were not originally approved for factory use
  • Registering your factory
  • Health and safety requirements (e.g. use of lifting equipment and pressure vessels)
  • Licensing compliance (e.g. operating a printing press, cold store or food processing establishment)
  • Tax compliance
  • Keeping noise levels within limits
  • Ensuring your workers hold valid work permits and providing them with workmen’s compensation

The Business Guides on Legal Information will guide you on your legal requirements.

Last Modified Date: 13 Jan 2020