Commercial Fairs and Exhibitions

Government's commitment to facilitate business activities in Malta has concretely been actioned through the removal of trade licences for a number of business activities. This has been enabled through the Legal Notice (L.N.) 40 of 2016 which has come into effect on 1st January 2017. The L.N. defines the activities that do not require a trading license as well as those that still do require a trading licence as approved by the Commerce Department.

A commercial fair/exhibition involves the sale of goods or services from the location where the event is held or from elsewhere. Subsidiary Legislation 441.07 - Trading Licences Regulations​ establishes that a licence is required to hold such events. An application for a licence to hold a commercial fair or exhibition must be submitted at least ten days prior to the proposed event.


Trading Licences Act



Further information be found here.


The application for a licence to hold a commercial fair or exhibition can be found here.

Competent Authority

Commerce Department





last updated December 2022

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