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How to Apply for a Slaughterhouse License

This service allows slaughterhouse business operators to register and obtain an operating license from Rwanda Inspectorate, Competition, and Consumer Protection Authority (RICA). RICA will conduct a field visit to ensure the premises are compliant with RICA standards and regulations.

The processing time is 5 days, and the service is free of charge.


  • Applicants with or without an Irembo account can apply for this service.

  • A company or an individual must have a Tax Identification Number (TIN).

Required attachments (6)

  • Business Registration Certificate from RDB.

  • A copy of the lease agreement if the operator is not the owner.

  • Notarized copies of the registration certificate and operational license from the Rwanda Council of Veterinary Doctors for the veterinarians of the abattoir.

  • Notified copies of the academic degrees of the staff (University degree in Veterinary Medicine or Animal health for Medium and Large Size Slaughterhouses, veterinary technician(s) for small-size slaughterhouses) in charge of slaughterhouse operations, including slaughter activities, meat inspections, and veterinary hygiene and sanitation.

  • A letter of authorization for meat inspectors was issued by RICA.

  • Passport copy

Conditional attachments

  • A copy of the operational license issued by RICA.

Optional attachments

  • A copy of the slaughterhouse registration certificate issued by RICA.

Follow these simple steps to apply for the Slaughterhouse License:

1. Visit the Irembo platform at and navigate to the "Trade and Industry" category, Click on “Business Operator License.

2. Select "Slaughterhouse License" and then click  "Apply."

3. Fill in the applicant's details (select if the applicant is the business owner or legal representative, add the age group, and other required personal information).

4. Enter the application details (add registration type, that is,  if its a new or renewing application) and enter the company TIN. Enter the slaughterhouse premise registration number).

5. Enter the required slaughterhouse information.

6. Upload the required attachments in the correct format. 

7. Verify that the information is accurate, enter a phone number and/or email address, check the verification box, and click "Submit."

8. An application number (B2…...) to track your application status.


  • Upon successful submission, the application will be processed by RICA. Applicants will receive an email or SMS notification about any changes in the application status.

  • Once the processing officers receive and approve your application, you will receive your e-certificate via email or can download it on IremboGov.

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