Licenses and permits cover a wide array of matters. From potential required professional licenses to operating your business from home. In this blog post, we outline the 5 permits your e-commerce needs in Puerto Rico.

1. Merchant’s Registry (Registro de Comerciante)

The first permit your e-commerce needs in Puerto Rico is the merchants’ registry. You’ll have to create an account with the P.R. Department of Treasury to complete a couple of questionnaires. On a couple of minutes, you’ll be able to download it.

Link: https://suri.hacienda.pr.gov/_/

2. Use Permit for your Home

Many businesses have the option of working from home. In such case, you will need to create an account with the P.R. Single Business Portal and apply for your home permit with the P.R. Permit Management Office (“OGPe” ). This step goes together with Step 3.

Link: https://ogpe.pr.gov/freedom/?lang=en

3. Both Fire and Health Department Endorsement and Categorical Exclusion

Step 3 is to apply for an endorsement with the P.R. Health Department and the Fire Department. Note that this step applies to both home and coworking offices. If you’re working from home, you will also need an endorsement of Categorical Exclusion. All of this is done through the P.R. Single Business Portal.

Link: https://ogpe.pr.gov/freedom/?lang=en

4. Coworking Space

If your office is located at a coworking space address, you will have to confirm the required paperwork with your municipality’s Permit’s Office. In some municipalities, you can utilize the same Use Permit of the coworking space. While in others, like in San Juan, you need to apply for a Consultation Letter.

5. Municipal Permit (Patente Municipal)

Once you complete the previous steps –whether you have a home office or a coworking space office– your last step is to apply for a Municipal Permit with the municipality’s Permits Office.

Conclusion

In this blog post, we outlined the 5 permits your e-commerce needs in Puerto Rico. Beware of not complying with permits. If you don’t know how to do it or don’t have time for doing it, look for businesses that offer this kind of processing service.

Please feel free to comment below what other permits you’d like to know more about.


Sources

Jaymarie Correa, Conoce los permisos que necesitas para establecer un ecommerce en Puerto Rico, Colmena 66 (18 de abril de 2018)https://www.colmena66.com/es/blog/blog/2018/04/18/conoce-los-permisos-que-necesitas-para-establecer-un-ecommerce-en-puerto-rico


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