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With the establishment of the National Licensing Centre (NLC), a central public institution under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2009, procedures for many sectors have been simplified and streamlined, thereby reducing administrative barriers for businesses.

The evaluation procedures of the applications for licenses, authorizations and permits rely on the following principles:

• Principle of silent consent;

• Electronic communication and information, including the possibility of on-line application;

• One stop shop model;

• Integrated exchange of information and documents among the public institutions;

• Payments for the administrative services related to the licenses/authorizations/permits, in the event of application, cover only the documentation costs;

Taxes and/or fees for issuing the licenses/authorizations/permits are reasonable and serve the fulfillment of such instrument objectives.

*One-Stop-Shop-Center

Provides services and advice to clients, quality and in real time, ensures a more successful business versus a lower cost. With the establishment of this center becomes possible even execute on-line procedures, which are another bonus for business. This approach brings advantages for the business organizations and significantly improves the quality of services by:

• Reducing the documentation;

• Simplifying the procedures;

• Reducing time for application / review;

• Reducing costs


A number of activities fall out NLC jurisdiction and are regulated by sectoral legislation, such as:

• banking;

• non-bank financial services;

• broadcasting and telecommunications;

• energy sector;

• betting, lotteries and gambling

• air/maritime/railway transport services

• notary services

• education

• natural resources concessions


The licensing system in Albania is governed by Law no. 10081, dated on 23.02.2009 “On licenses, authorizations and permits in the Republic of Albania”, which sets out 45 categories for licenses, permits and authorizations.

Types of Licenses

National Security, Public Order and Civil Protection (License code: 1.2)

  1. 1. Expertise and/or professional services of civil protection

Expertise services

Intervention services in emergency cases

  1. Physical security and protection service

Security service of persons, objects and activities

Security, transport and escort service of monetary values and precious items

Food and Health

  1. Production of and/or trade in food

Production, processing and wholesale distribution of food

Manufacturing, processing and wholesale distribution of food for animals not used for food

Wholesale of food-stuff of animal origin (for human use)

Primary production

  1. Reproduction, breeding or veterinary services

Natural service and artificial insemination

Artificial insemination (artificial insemination stations inseminators)

Controlled natural service (natural service stations)

Production and or trade of breed material

Veterinary clinic

  1. Rising of and/or trade in animals

Management of animals in the big animal farms (with over 50 bovine animals)

Cultivation of aquatic animals in aquaculture farms

Wholesale trade in live animals

  1. Production of and or trade in seeds and seedlings
  2. Production of and/or trade in plant protection products, fertilizers and/or tobacco products

Production of and trade in plant protection products (hazardous and highly dangerous products)

Retail trade in PPPs

Production of and trade in hazardous fertilizers

Wholesale trade of hazardous chemical fertilizers

Retail trade of hazardous chemical fertilizers

Industrial processing and/or production of tobacco products

  1. Primary medical, hospital or dentistry services

Primary medical and/or dentistry services

Hospital services

  1. Production of and/or trade in medicaments (for human or animal use)

Pharmacies or pharmaceutical agencies

Pharmacies or pharmaceutical agencies (pharmaceutical agencies)

Pharmacy

Veterinary pharmacy

Wholesale trade in medicaments

Wholesale trade of medicaments for human use

Wholesale trade of medicaments for animal use

Production of medicaments

Production of medicaments (for human use)

Production of medicaments (for animal use)

  1. Other medical and/or hygiene-sanitary services

Expertise health – hygiene services

Sanitary- hygiene intervention services

Activity in the Public Health area which are not licensed under another category

Environment and main environmental resources

  1. On environmental impact

Simple environmental permit

Environmental permit

Integrated environmental permit

  1. Expertise and/or professional services concerning environmental impact

Expertise activities linked to environmental impact

Other professional activities linked to environmental impact

  1. Import of waste for recycling, processing purposes and or use or import of ozone-depleting substances
  2. Exploitation, use and/or management of fauna (land and/or aquatic)

Professional fishing at sea

  1. Expertise and/or professional services linked to main environmental resources

Expertise and or professional services linked to forests or pastures

Professional water perforator

Mine resources, hydrocarbons and energy resources

  1. Mining or hydrocarbons

Search-Detection permit

Exploitation permit

Search- Detection – Exploitation permit

  1. Expertise and/or professional services linked to mining resources, hydrocarbons and energy resources

Expertise and or professional services linked to mining resources

Expertise and or professional services linked to hydrocarbon resources

Expertise and or professional services linked to energy resources

Education and Science

  1. Undergraduate education

Undergraduate education

Secondary vocational education

Technical secondary education

Supplementary undergraduate education institution

Transportation

  1. International Road Passenger
  2. International transportation of goods to third parties and leased
  3. Expertise and/or professional services linked to road transportation

Driving school

Driving school for issue of the driving license

Driving license for the issue of the certificate of professional skills

Driving school for issue of the certificate of professional capacity

  1. International maritime transport of vehicles and/or passengers

National maritime transport of goods and persons

International Marine Transportation of Goods and Passengers

  1. On port services

On the exercise of the piloting activity

On exercise of the activity of removal of solid and oil waste in the port area of Durres and the respective radius

On exercise of the activity of removal of solid and oil waste in the port area of Vlora, Shengjin, Saranda and the respective radius

On the exercise of the activity of the servicing station of marine safety equipment

On exercise of the surveillance activity of vessels

  1. On railroad services

Activities in railroad transportation

  1. Or airport services

Aircraft operation license

Aerodrome operation license

General Air Traffic License (general operations airport)

Specific Air Traffic License (specific operations airport)

Flight field operation license

Flight field operation license for jet aircrafts

Air flight service provider license

Industry and other Services

  1. Production, depositing, transport, use and/or trade in products and/or substances or other hazardous equipment

Wholesale trade in oil, gas, by-products, including bio products and combustibles

Activities linked to the hazardous substances and chemical preparations

Social Welfare and Employment

  1. Social welfare services

Community care services

Residential care services

  1. Services of mediation in the labor market and/or vocational training

Mediation in the labor market (Private Employment Agencies)

Vocational training

Justice and law

  1. Judicial Enforcement service