You may submit an appeal if your name application has been rejected and/or you have a valid reason to use the name which is identical or prohibited. You will need to upload the supporting documents to support your name appeal.
I want someone to reserve a business name on my behalf
You may engage a registered filing agent (e.g. law firm, accounting firm or corporate secretarial firm) to submit an online application on your behalf. Fees may vary.
The pre-requisites, information and supporting documents needed for the application to reserve the business name will vary, depending on the business structure type. Click on the respective business structure to find out more.
Here’s what you need to know to apply for a Business (Sole Proprietorship/Partnership) name.
Additional $40 for provision of each alternate address (optional)
Average Processing Time
Approved immediately if the name is available
May take 14 to 60 days if the application needs to be reviewed by Referral Authorities
Approved name will be reserved for 120 days
All position holders must be at least 18 years old
All owners are required to clear their outstanding Medisave liabilities with CPF Board
The owner(s) must be either a Singapore Citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident or an EntrePass Holder or Employment Pass (EP) Holder
There must be at least one director and one shareholder
Foreigners will need to engage the services of a registered filing agent (e.g. a law firm, accounting firm or corporate secretarial firm) to submit the online application on their behalf
Proposed business name
Description of main business activities
Particulars of director(s)
Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC)
What is SSIC and why do I need it for my business?
The Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) is the national standard to classify the business activities of firms. It is a code assigned to classify your business activities carried out in Singapore. These codes are used for service delivery by government agencies and in the compilation and analysis of industry statistics for policy and business planning purposes. Each SSIC category comprises a 5-digit code and description of the business activity.
Certain names or business activities require approval from the relevant government agencies (Referral Authorities). For example, names containing ‘hospital’, ‘clinic’, ‘surgery’, ‘healthcare’ will require approval from the Ministry of Health. In such cases, the application may take between 14 days to 60 days.