Shops and Establishment License is one of the most commonly issued certificates in the Indian commercial sector. It is an essential document that needs to be obtained by almost all commercial establishments throughout the country. The registration and regulation of the licence is governed by state labour authorities, as per the laws of the particular state. Shop & Establishment License, also known as Gumasta or Ghumasta in some states, is required for the enforcement of labour laws and working regulations, in order to create a better, safer and secured working environment for the workers/employees.
The Act and provisions governing and regulating the issue, renewal, cancellation etc. of the licence vary slightly from state to state.