New taxes for Nairobians as Sonko signs bill

New taxes take immediate effect

Nairobi Governor Sonko signing a document

New Taxes for Nairobi County took effect after implementation by Nairobi Governor Sonko following a proposal from the County Assembly on December 4.

Sonko signed the bill on Tuesday which was the 14 days deadline given for him to either approve it or reject it.

The new law will see highest fees imposed on betting firms, taxi companies and corporates.

Setting up of a casino is set to cost the owner Sh1 million with an annual licence fee of Sh300,000 and renewal fees of Sh10,000.

Failure to pay for a premise licence for a casino and a betting firm will result to a penalty fee of Sh1 million.

Moving of the casino to a new location will require the owner to pay Sh200,000.

A penalty fee of Sh100,000 will be imposed on betting establishments that will be caught allowing minors into the premises.

Operational licence requirement for taxi app-based companies

Taxi companies like Uber, Taxify, and Little Cab are now required to pay for operational licences.

Robert Mbatia who is the Budget and Appropriation Committee had revealed that the application-based companies were previously not paying for any operational licences.

We will not charge the drivers but the company itself. For example, Uber has an office in Westlands, thus it will be required to pay the fee,” stated Mbatia.

The taxi companies, together with other major transport companies with over 100 vehicles, will be required to pay a fee of Sh300,000 a year.

Transport companies that have vehicles ranging between 51 to 100, will pay a fee of Sh100,000 a year while those with less than 50 cars, are set to pay Sh50,000 a year

Bar and restaurant owners, fast food joints, milk bars, posho mills and juice parlour businesses are required to pay Sh1000 for a food handler’s certificate.

Fee for hiring water trucks will be between the range of Sh1,000 and Sh2,500 which is a reduction from the initial range of Sh3,500 to 10,000.

Motorists will now pay Sh200 for parking which is a reduction from the previous 300 which was Sh100 addition during the time Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero was in office.

Mbatia on Thursday urged the public to report cases of being charged more than the set amount.


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