​The public – including economic organizations and industry and business owners – is invited to review and to comment on a drafts of standards specifications that have been publicized, as part of Israel’s effort to reform business licensing. Comments can be made about the drafts until August 16, 2013 (60 days after publication), via a dedicated website (Hebrew only) that was set up by the Interior Ministry, the Israeli Government portal (gov.il), and other government offices.

​Standards – documents that contain technical specifications that apply to a product or technical procedures for production processes – are being amended in Israel, such that specifications and conditions for licensing of a particular industry will soon be found in one document.

This will increase ease and efficiency for business owners, since as of now, licensing rules and regulations can only be learned by approaching the various ministries under whose authority particular rules or regulations fall.

The objectives of the reform include:

  • lowering barriers for business licensing in Israel
  • preventing duplication of licensing requirements
  • reducing the number of businesses that require licensing
  • making the duration of the license incumbent upon the environmental impact of the business
  • preventing inconcsistencies in licensing requirements of different authorities
  • allowing low-risk business owners to go through a quick 28-day licensing process and submit objections and appeals as is permitted by law.


Conditions of business licensing are detailed in the Licensing of Businesses Law (1968). Industries that will be affected by uniform standards specifications with regards to their environmental protection obligations include:

  • Oil and Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Animals/Slaughterhouses
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Transportation
  • Light industry, Chemicals, and Quarries


Read and comment on the standards specifications drafts here (Hebrew only).

Authorities involved with business licensing under the Licensing of Business Law, including the MoEP, will consider the public comments after the final submission date – August 16, 2013.  Three years after final publication of the revised standards specifications, the new conditions will take effect.