How to Get Licensed

The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA) is responsible for licensing all businesses within the 'Port Area' of Grand Bahama Island, and has an efficient process for approving new applications. Applications are processed within 2 - 4 weeks.

Potential investors can expect to receive helpful guidance from GBPA's Customer Relations Department every step of the way to make the process as straightforward as possible.

Apply for a Business License

The Business Diversity Waiver

The Business Diversity Waiver is a business start-up incentive of The Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited, encouraging entrepreneurs to launch new and innovative business concepts. The initiative offers a first-year business license fee waiver or discount to qualifying applicants.
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Customer Relations

The role of the Customer Relations Department is to perform regulatory functions of GBPA and is responsible for providing administrative and customer service to its more than 3,200 licensees and 1,000+ Vendors.


Administrative Function:

  • Issuance of Business Licenses
  • Issuance of Vendor Permits
  • Issuance of bonded vehicle letters
  • Maintain good record keeping of Licensees
  • Maintain good record keeping of Vendors
  • Liaising with various Government Department as required
  • Support for Inter-Departments as required

Regulatory Function:

  • Inspection of proposed new business premises
  • Inspection of premises for existing businesses including transfer of premises and expansion of business activity
  • Monitoring and assuring that businesses operate within the confines of License regulations
  • Identify and deter illegal operations including commercial and residential
Invest Grand Bahama

Invest Grand Bahama is the Investment arm of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA). We are the organization that becomes your personal concierge when setting up business in Freeport!

Invest Grand Bahama

Grand Bahama’s first and only ‘true’ complete business resource center, offering a one-stop-shop service to entrepreneurs and existing businesses. The Bureau’s activities are guided by the mission to facilitate the development and sustain growth of Freeport’s small business community, through initiatives that Educate, Support, Expose and Empower SMEs to operate competitively.

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What You Need to Get Licensed

Ready to apply for your business license in Freeport City? Take a look at our procedures and requirements to learn how to get started.