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Sakaja Rolls Out Unified Business Permit for Nairobi Traders

Sakaja Rolls Out Unified Business Permit for Nairobi Traders

On Monday, January 1, 2024, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja declared the cessation of the issuance of numerous business permits/licenses.

Describing it as a present for the New Year, Sakaja revealed that the County Government would introduce a Unified Business Permit (UBP).

Sakaja announced to the people and business owners in Nairobi that his government had implemented the electronic Unified Business Permit (UBP) system, as a component of efforts to simplify business operations.

“The UBP combines the business, fire, food, health, and advertising licenses into one and will be available on the Nairobi City County Government’s Nairobi Pay Revenue service online portal,” the Governor stated. 

Nairobi City (left) and a sample of a business permit

The UBP formed a component of Sakaja’s 2022 electoral platform, in which he pledged to abolish the practice of issuing numerous licenses to traders if he were to win the election.

Sakaja mentioned that the UBP had undergone development and pilot phases for most of 2023.


He described how the launch of the UBP system on January 1 will improve the delivery of public services. This will enable entrepreneurs in Nairobi to conveniently make online payments for their licenses and obtain an electronic unified business permit.

Sakaja also mentioned that activating the UBP was a deliberate initiative aimed at enhancing the business-friendliness of Nairobi and improving its ease of doing business metrics.

Furthermore, he observed that corrupt county officials have historically exploited the issuance of numerous business permits as a loophole to misappropriate public resources.

Sakaja foresees increasing the county’s Own Source Revenue to Ksh20 billion annually through the implementation of the advanced system.

In more positive developments for the people of Nairobi, Sakaja verified that he had officially prolonged the exemption on land rates until January 31, 2023.

Customers can pay for their land rates using the NairobiPay Portal or dial *647#.

Sakaja Rolls Out Unified Business Permit for Nairobi Traders