Ease of Doing Business in


Montenegro Download Profile (1738KB, pdf)
Region Europe & Central Asia
Income Category Upper middle income
Population 622,388
GNI Per Capita (US$) 7,240
City covered Podgorica



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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 51 48 down
72.08 71.47 down
Starting a Business 58 53 down
90.07 90.06 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 93 99 up
68.82 68.05 up
Getting Electricity 167 165 down
43.50 43.42 up
Registering Property 78 77 down
65.82 65.81 up
Getting Credit 7 7
85.00 85.00
Protecting Minority Investors 42 40 down
63.33 63.33
Paying Taxes 57 72 up
80.42 75.30 up
Trading across Borders 43 43
88.75 88.75
Enforcing Contracts 41 39 down
66.75 66.75
Resolving Insolvency 40 38 down
68.37 68.21 up

Positive= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business.Negative= Change making it more difficult to do business.

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Legal form Društvo sa ograničenom odgovornošću (DOO) - Limited Liability Company
Paid-in minimum capital requirement EUR 1
City Podgorica
Indicator Montenegro Europe & Central Asia OECD high income
Procedure – Men (number) info_outline 6 4.9 4.8
Time – Men (days) info_outline 10 10.2 8.3
Cost – Men (% of income per capita) info_outline 1.5 4.7 3.1
Procedure – Women (number) info_outline 6 4.9 4.8
Time – Women (days) info_outline 10 10.2 8.3
Cost – Women (% of income per capita) info_outline 1.5 4.7 3.1
Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita) info_outline 0 4.0 9.2
  • No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Certify the company’s founding agreements

    Agency: Basic Court and Notaries

    Lawyers are no longer authorized to do the certification of corporate documents. The applicant certifies company documents at the basic court and certifies copies at municipalities. Certification fees vary depending on the number of pages, documents, and so forth.

    Montenegrin Notary Chamber was established on 29 April 2011, and on 25 June 2011 they started operating when almost all work in relation with notarization-certification has been relocated from basic courts to public notaries. 
    The total cost is: 21 Euro (13 Euro for the court + copies of documents such as passport - each copy 2 Euro).
    Notarization of the OP form - 10 Euro

    1 day EUR 13 for court + EUR 2 per document (4 documents) + EUR 10 for OP form

    Submit the request together with the necessary documents and obtain the registration certificate, TIN (tax identification number), VAT tax number and customs authorization

    Agency: Central Registry of Business Entities of the Tax Administration (CRBE)

    The applicant checks the company name online and then comes to the registry located at the Commercial Court with completed documents and registers the name and company. At the registry one counter exist for LLC registration and payment of relevant fees can be done at the same place. (Name can be checked online at no charge at (www.crps.cg.yu) and name reservation can be done online but payment is done in person. Company Forms can be obtained online.

    The Company Registry prepares text for the announcement of company formation. The Registry also estimates the publication fee (based on notice length) and sends all notices to the Official Gazette, which are published in the upcoming issue. Publication time is 10–15 days. Even so, subsequent procedures do not depend on the announcement, so the client can continue to form the company regardless of the publication date.

    Required documents for registration are:
    1. Article of Incorporation;
    2. the Statute;
    3. Registration Form PS01: list of founders, members of a company, managers and members of the board of directors, if they are appointed: a) the first and surnames and any former names; (b) their personal identification number (c) their residential addresses; (d) their citizenship; (e) details of any other directorships, memberships in limited liability companies or partnerships, or other management positions held in Montenegro or elsewhere and the place of registration of such companies if not in Montenegro; name of an executive director; name of the company, address of the seat of the company and address for receiving official correspondence, if they are different; persons authorized to represent the company and information if the representation is collective or individual; a document which would confirm payment of registration fee.

    5 days EUR 10 (registration fee) + EUR 12 (publication fee)

    Obtain company's seal

    Agency: Seal maker

    The company seal or stamp is a core instrument in company legal transactions. The company orders a seal or stamp upon registering with the Company Registry because it is essential for subsequent company transactions including opening a bank account and registration with Tax Authority. The seal is made on the day it is ordered.

    Even though as of 2011 the use of seal is not mandated by law, it is still widely used in practice.

    1 day EUR 30-40

    Open a bank account

    Agency: Commercial Bank

    The companies must open a bank account in order to register with Tax Authority.
    Request for opening of the bank account is submitted on the form ZZOUR of the bank, by post or personally, and it has to have the following information:
    - Name of the requesting party
    - Address of the seat of the company and the telephone
    - Name of the account

    Besides the form ZZOUR, an entrepreneur has to submit the following documents:

    1. A confirmation of the Central Registry of Commercial Entities in Podgorica on registration (validated copy),
    2. A contract on opening of the account and keeping the account (is closed in a bank),
    3. A card of the deposited signatures (is received in the bank),
    4. OP (validation of the signature),
    5. A document on tax identification number (PIB) by the Tax Authority of Montenegro,
    6. Photocopy of IDs of authorized persons of the company.

    1 day no charge

    Register with Tax Authority

    Agency: Tax Authority

    The company must file a bank account certificate as well as single registration form (JPR) to register the company and its employees with the Tax Administration. Registration is then automatically done with the Employment Bureau, the Pension Fund, and the Health Fund.

    1 day no charge

    Notify the competent inspection authority and the municipal authority in charge of economic affairs

    Agency: Municipality

    New reforms abolished the license and made it sufficient to have a notification. If the Company is engaged in trade, it pays the administrative fee in the amount of 3 € within the municipal authority in charge of economic affairs for the notification.

    1 day EUR 3