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Setting up your business in Israel

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Step 1 / Company Registration

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  • Professionals
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  • Time frame (Days)
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Step 1 / Company Registration

All companies in Israel are required to be registered with the Registrar of Companies. In order for a foreign company to legally operate a place of business in Israel, it must be registered (an Israeli branch office and a subsidiary company are both registered legal entities). Therefore, a company wishing to engage in business activities via its investment in Israel will have to register.

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Step 2 / Land Tenure

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Step 2 / Land Tenure

Entrepreneurs seeking to construct their own facilities shall first purchase appropriate land. It is possible to purchase designated land either by tender or by allocation. Lands in Israel are managed by the Israel Land Authority (ILA). This means that the authority is responsible for leasing lands to the public based on market, societal and environmental needs. Lands in Israel are largely leased for a long-term period tenure rather than sold. The common tenure period is several decades with an option to renew the contract for an additional number of years, yet this detail is determined in the specific tenure contract

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Step 3 / Building Permit

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    40

Step 3 / Building Permit

The process of obtaining a building permit described in the following section is typical of any kind of building in the local authority responsible for the acquired land. For clarity purposes, the process is separated into two stages: from planning to building permit issuance (which enables its holder to begin the construction related phases), and from the granted permit to construction completion. Though it applies for both office space and a manufacturing facility construction, characterizations of plant building are more specifically noted.
In both cases, changes to the process may apply depending on the type of production at the facility and some variations between the local authorities. As the different local authorities may vary in timing and processing of building permit applications, we will use Tel-Aviv as an exemplary local authority. That is, when linking to a local authority website, noting local fees, and providing links to online applications that may be manual at other authorities

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Step 4 / Business Licensing

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Step 4 / Business Licensing

Certain business activities require a license in Israel, in order to assure public health and safety, and maintain local residents' quality of life. A business license ensures that all means and arrangements that apply to proper business conduct have been taken. The need for a business license in Israel is determined by the 'Business Licensing Law'. The law determines the type of businesses that require a license according to its activity. Only businesses that are defined as licensable business are required to obtain a business license.Not every business has licensing requirements.

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Step 5 / Operations

    Step 5 / Operations

    Production facilities and offices in Israel will have to take into account the following expenses and related procedures during their activity.





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    Step 6 / Grants and Benefits

      Step 6 / Grants and Benefits

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