Registering an Incorporation

How to Incorporate Your Business in the Commonwealth of Dominica

When setting up a business in Dominica, you must decide on the type of business entity you want to set up. If you have decided that you want to create a non-profit, a limited liability company, corporation, or a partnership, then you will have to register that business.

  • A business name is a name used for a business which-
  • in the case of an individual or partnership, is different from the name(s) of the proprietor(s), and
  • in the case of a company, is different from the company’s corporate name.

All business names must be registered. It is an offence to operate a business under a business name which has not been registered.

The law regarding business names is set out in the Registration of Business Names Act [Chap. 78:46] and the Business Names Rules, 2011.

  • A sample of the incorporation form must be collected from the Companies and Intellectual Property Office, edited and printed on deed paper.
  • Statutory declaration must be prepared by an Attorney.
  • A registration fee of EC$750 (US$277.00) must be paid at the Companies and Intellectual Property Office. A postage stamp of EC$5.00 (US$2.00) must be submitted with the completed form to be placed on the statutory declaration.
  • The name of the company must contain the words Limited, Corporation or incorporated or the abbreviated version.
  • Please note that all business names should be first checked with the Companies clerk to ensure availability
  • Company’s return should be file on or before the 2nd day of April each year.
  • Also, in order to keep the business name on the register, an annual fee based on the stated share capital must be paid.
  • A sample of the incorporation form must be collected from the Companies and Intellectual Property Office, edited and printed on deed paper.
  • Statutory declaration must be signed before a Commissioner for Oaths in the Companies and Intellectual Property Office. Picture identification must be presented before signing.
  • A registration fee of EC$90 (US$34.00) must be paid at the Companies and Intellectual Property Office. Each person signing as a proprietor of the business name must also present a postage stamp of EC$10.00 (US$4.00).
  • The name of the business must not imply that is a company as registration can be denied due to the name being misleading. The business name cannot include the words Limited, Corporation, Incorporation or the abbreviations of these words.
  • Please note that all business names should be first checked with the Companies clerk to ensure availability
  • Also, in order to keep the business name on the register, an annual fee of EC$50.00 (US$19.00) must be paid. The business must file annual returns on or before the 2nd day of April each year. The fee for filing annual returns is EC$10.00 (US$4.00)
  • Registration $70.00
  • Statement $20.00
  • Annual fee $50.00
  • Filing of an annual return $10.00
Please note that all business names should be first checked with the Companies clerk to ensure availability.

Also, in order to keep the business name on the register, an annual fee of EC$50.00 (US$19.00) must be paid. The business must file annual returns on or before the 2nd day of April each year. The fee for filing annual returns is EC$10.00 (US$4.00).

For further information visit website: www.cipo.gov.dm