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OBLS allows businesses to apply, update, renew or terminate any combination from a suite of 80 online business licences issued by 17 government agencies, in one online transaction.


OBLS is a one-stop portal for businessmen to apply for all the required Singapore government licences in a single online transaction. The system routes all applications to various government agency for processing.


OBLS was first conceived by the Pro-Enterprise Panel, a high level joint public-private sector panel chaired by the Head of Civil Service, Singapore. The panel received a lot of business feedback to cut red-tape in making it easy to start businesses in Singapore.

Small and medium enterprises were the main target of the OBLS project due to their large number. This group was generally unhappy with the costs and complexities of the licensing process.

Programme Details

260 business licences that are issued by more than 30 government agencies in Singapore are found in the OBLS. More than 80% of start-up businesses in Singapore are served by OBLS without having to visit Government counters. The system also offers Update, Renewal and Termination services for 65 licences.

Features include

  1. Search for the licences that they may need
  2. Apply for multiple licences at once using the integrated form
  3. Update particulars on existing licence
  4. Renew existing licences that are expiring soon
  5. Terminate licences that are no longer required
  6. Pay for multiple licences via one consolidated transaction


As of 1 October 2005, the average license processing time for all new applications including those not handled by OBLS was reduced from 21 to 8 days as a result of the reengineering exercise and OBLS implementation. 85 licenses were processed in less than a week. Of these, 43 were processed in less than three days. Based on the cost-benefit analysis done at 31 Dec 2006, businesses have benefited from the OBLS project with an estimated cost savings of US$27 million (since the pilot launch in Jan 2004). The cost savings were derived from the reduction in the amount of license fees, reduction in the processing time of licenses and the time-savings by businessmen who now do not need to travel and queue up physically and complete multiple application forms that ask for similar information. Businessmen have given the OBLS an 80% positive feedback rating.