Permit to work


The Department of Health is responsible for issuing work permits for licensed professional activities under the laws and regulations in force regarding hygiene, pollution prevention and food.

All work-related professional activities must have a valid work permit.

Before applying for a work permit

One of the conditions for issuing a permit to work is that the activity complies with the planning and that the premises are approved by the construction supervisor for the activity in question.

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Application for a work permit

The application for a work permit is completed on a separate form. Please note that the application must be printed and must be signed by a company defender. The application cannot be submitted directly from the web at this time. The application is submitted to the Reykjavik City Service, Borgartún 12 -14.

Signed applications may also be scanned and emailed to the Health Surveillance( The operator must apply to the National Health Service before starting any activity.

Who must apply for a work permit?

The Department of Health issues work permits for the following occupations:

Occupational activities that may entail contamination under Law No. 7/1998 on Hygiene and Pollution Prevention.

Professional activities and institutions providing services to the public pursuant to Law No. 7/1998 on Hygiene and Pollution Prevention

Occupation in the production or distribution of food pursuant to Law No. 93/1995 on foodstuffs.


Process of application


HCP places the incoming applications in progress according to the established procedure. The application is submitted to the delivery meeting of the health unit for approval. At the end of the meeting, the applicant is notified of the handling of the case and an invoice is sent to the applicant's home bank. Settlement meetings are equally held weekly on Tuesdays.

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How do I get a work permit issued?

A work

permit is effective once an invoice has been paid. The Letter of Authorization is sent to the Licensee. It is prohibited to start a licensed activity until such time as a licence has entered into force. The validity of work permits for activities subject to work permits only under the food legislation is untimely, while other work permits are issued for a period of 12 years. Temporary work permits such as for demolitions, outdoor festivals and markets are also issued.


A fee is

charged for the creation of a work permit, as well as fees for health surveillance. For information on fees, see the fee schedule for pollution and health monitoring in the City of Reykjavik.


Instructions for completing the Permit to Work Application

Name of Operator: Name of the operator: Company (legal entity) or individual operating a licensed activity.


Name: Company name: The name of the licensed activity, e.g. the name of the shop or restaurant.

Note that the name of the operator and the name of the company can be the same.

Type of business and production: Type of business and production: The activity for which a permit is being applied for should be described precisely here. Examples: It is not enough to write a store or a school, but to specify the type of activity, e.g. a grocery store with or without processing, a primary school with a canteen and/or a swimming pool depending on the broad scope of the activity.

It is recalled that the back of the application must also be completed. These include pollution prevention, internal control, grease traps, waste treatment and the like.