Who we are

Licensing Department

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.

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 that 3200 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


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.



GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.



Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.