Over the course of this year, a new Federal Law on the licensing of specific types of activities (the "Law") will come into force. Specifically, the new Law will alter the licensing requirements for legal entities or individual entrepreneurs carrying out certain activities.

The new Law will shorten the list of activities that require licensing to 49. Accordingly, businesses engaged in the following will no longer require a license:

  • manufacturing prosthetic and orthopaedic appliances;
  • producing and selling special gaming equipment;
  • providing aviation safety;
  • manufacturing and repairing measuring instruments and devices; and
  • exhibiting and collecting weapons. 

Instead, however, they will require notification on the start-up of business activities.

In addition, the Law will simplify the licensing procedure. In particular:

  • receipt and renewal of licences may be completed by submitting an application and the required documents in electronic form (starting from 1 July 2012); and
  • licences will be issued for an indefinite period. This also applies to previously granted licences, which will be renewed for an indefinite period.

[Federal Law No. 99-FZ "On Licensing Separate Types of Activity", dated 4 May 2011]