20,000 Irish retailers will see their red tape burden slashed on foot of Government signing a contract with An Post and its technology partner Escher Groups.
The new licensing portal will allow retailers to register and apply for licences they are obliged to have for trading purposes in one location thus reducing dramatically the amount of time in form filling required to comply with various licensing obligations.
Following a review of the multiplicity of licences required by the business sector, the Government committed that all relevant licensing authorities would proceed towards the development of an integrated licensing application system – a one-stop application portal, amalgamating licence applications for business across government departments, agencies and licensing authorities, thereby significantly reducing the administrative burden.
Minister Bruton welcomed today’s announcement: “This announcement is a major step towards creating a one-stop licensing application portal which should significantly reduce the administrative burden on business. I am very conscious of the time businesses spend on the various licences applications required by Government and agencies and this initiative is in response to business demands. By streamlining this system it goes some way towards our goal of making Ireland the best small country in the world in which to do business.”
Minister Nash, Chair of the ILAS Steering Group, said: “This has the potential to be a significant step in reducing the administrative burden for business particularly for small businesses and start-ups. As the Minister with responsibility for SMEs, the feedback I often get from entrepreneurs is that while we have made significant strides in reforming and reducing bureaucracy for business, there is still too much red tape. The new system will save time for businesses and make
it easier to apply for and renew licenses.”
The system will be delivered, in the first instance for the retail sector which includes 29 core licences across 40 public sector licensing authorities, including over 30 local authorities. Each retailer will be able to apply for a variety of licences on the new portal including Gaming Licences, Street furniture licences, Wine Retailers, Beers and Spirits, WEEE Licence, Food Business Operator, Casual Traders.
This is a key deliverable under the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs.
An Post and Escher in conjunction with the licensing authorities are currently putting the system in place to allow all licences to be available on the portal for the retail sector by December this year.
It is envisaged that this System will then be expanded to include other licences of key sectors of the economy and involve other licensing authorities as the
Integrated Licensing Application System is rolled out.