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Shops and Commercial Act

The Karnataka Shops & Commercial Establishments Act, 1961 have been amended w.e.f 22.4.2010 revising the fees structure for registration and renewal.



This Act provides for the regulation of conditions of work and employment in shops & commercial establishments in the State of Karnataka.


It applies to the areas notified by the Government. 

Registration of Establishment

Registration of all establishments is compulsory. Application in Form-A to be made to concerned labour Inspector with necessary fee which is as under:

Number of Employees

Amount of Fee

Shops and Commercial Establishments having


(i)     Nil employees


(ii)     1 to 9 Employees


(iii)    10 to 19 Employees


(iv)    20 to 49 Employees


(v)     50 to 99 Employees


(vi)    100 to 250 Employees


(vii)    251 to 500 Employees
(viii)    501 to 1000 Employees
(ix)    1000 and above Employees

Renewal of registration is compulsory for every five years using (Form - AA).

The employment of children below 14 years is prohibited under Section 24 of the Act.  Young persons and woman shall not be employed during night, between 8 pm to 6 am.

Opening and Closing hours

(a)  Bangalore City 6-00 am to 8-00 pm
(b)  Other than Bangalore City 6-00 am to 9-00 pm


The name board of every establishment shall be in kannada and if any other language is used, it should be below the kannada version (Rule 24-A).


Penalties are prescribed under the Act for violation.


The Karnataka Shops & Commercial Establishments Rules, 1963.

Important Registers to be maintained under the Rules


Reg. Of leave with wages  Form–F


Visit book


Appointment order in Form –Q


Notice to be exhibited on weekly holida ys in Form P


Registration certificate to be exhibited in Form C

Note:  Registers in Form L, M, N & O are omitted vide notification dated 31-08-1998.

Combined Application for Registration/Renewal/Any Change Under Karnataka Shops & Commercial Establishment Act, 1961 & Rules there under. (See Rule 3, 3A & 5).

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