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  • The applicant caries out a feasibility study to check the market and industry condition and ascertain if they can meet the industry requirements.
  • The next step for the applicant to decide that they can take on a decision that they need a license for the business and on this stage they need to furnish the commission with sufficient information to enable the commission to make a full assessment of the suitability of the Applicant to hold the Licence.
  • You can visit the Commission Headquarter and purchase an application Form from the head office.Fill the form and return the same to the same commission head office. it is important to give information that will satisfy the commission that the applicant can meet the relevant license condition and has the technical and financial capability to comply with the terms and conditions of the license.
  • A completed application form is submitted along with the relevant documents and the processing fees to the commission.
  • On receipt of the application,it will inform the applicant the all the requirement are meant and it will note thereon the date of its recipient and will send to the applicant the acknowledgment stating the date of receipt.
  • The commission may upon review the application require the applicant to furnish more within the period specified on it,any additional information provided however that the time between the receipt of the application and accompanying document and the date on which the commission notifies the Applicant of the inediquency of the document shall not exceed 30 days
  • The applicant is required to publish notice and furnish the commission with the copy of each notice.
  • The commission will then consider the information in the application and the responses in the published notice and decides whether to grant the applicant a license if everything is in order.
  • The commission then grants the license to the applicant upon payment of the license fee to the commission by the applicant.
  • Every application for a licence made to the Commission shall be in writing accompanied by the non - refundable Application Processing Fees as specified in the Schedules
  • The Fees payable under these Regulations shall be paid by means of bank draft or cheque drawn in favour of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission?.
  • All Fees received by the Commission under these Regulations shall be acknowledged by the issuance of the Commission?s official receipt.
  • Upon approval by the Commission of an application for a licence, the Commission shall inform the applicant , in writing,of such approval and be informed of the licence fee required to be paid by the applicant for the grant of a licence.
  • The license fee to be paid shall be as specified in the Schedules
  • Where the Licence fee is not paid within the time specified in the terms and conditions of the Licence,a surcharge will be payable on the amount due at the rate of 1% per week up to a maximum period of 12 (twelve) weeks after which period the grant of a licence shall lapse.
  • These Regulations shall be signed by the Chairman who shall also cause the seal of the Commission to be affixed thereon.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • List and Particulars of Directors.
  • List and Particulars of Shareholders
  • Certificate of Registration.
  • Certificate of Incorporation.
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Deed of Partnership, Deed of Trust, as applicable.
  • Name and details of Contact Person.
  • Name of Proposed Business

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission


Adamawa Plaza,

Plot 1099, First Avenue

Off Shehu Shagari Way, Central Business District

P.M.B. 136, Garki,

Abuja, F.C.T, Nigeria





Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Legal, Licensing and Enforcement Division

Adamawa House, plot 1099 1st Avenue.

Off Shehu, shangari way.

Central Business District, Abuja


The comprehensive list and details of all Licencees by the Commission is viewed on the following link

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All Individuals or companies interested in Transmitting Power, Distribution and generating power and other related products are eligible provided they have registered with the (NERC)Nigerian Electricity regulatory Authority.


The Annual Operating Fee payable is charged in accordance with the rates specified in the Schedules.

Where the Operating Fee is not paid within the time specified in the terms and conditions of the license, surcharge shall be payable on the amount due at the rate of 1% per week up to a maximum period of 12(twelve)weeks after which period the Commission shall apply appropriate penalties in accordance with the terms and conditions of the license.

Category A. KV 330 to 132 KV
  • Application Fees N100,000
  • License Fees N5,000,000
  • License Amendment Application fees N100,000
  • Annual operating Levies N500,000
You can visit this link for different schedule of fees charges
Category B KV33/KV11.

Application Fees N50,000

  • License Fees N500,000
  • License Amendment Application fees N50,000
  • Annual operating Levies N50,000
Category C V450

Application Fees N2,000

  • License Fees N10,000
  • License Amendment Application fees Nil
  • Annual operating Levies Nil


  • The validity of the license is one year,then a renewal is required.

Documents to Use[edit]

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Sample Documents[edit]

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Processing Time[edit]

Processing take 60 working days

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sevenload, viddler, vimeo, youku, youtube
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To be able to generate power for your own use (Captive Power Generation), you need to apply for a PERMIT.

Required Information[edit]

  • Names, Physical and Postal Address of Applicant
  • Legal Status of the Applicant
  • List and Particulars of Shareholders;
  • Certificate of Registration,
  • Certificate of Incorporation,
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Deed of Partnership,
  • Deed of Trust, as applicable
  • information if the shareholder has ever been convicted of a criminal offence in Nigeria or in any other country.
  • List and Particulars of Directors.
  • information if you have ever acquired a licence and state the nature of the licence, date issued and the licence number

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Need for the Document[edit]

Section 62 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 provides that any person intending to engage in the business of electricity generation, transmission, system operation, distribution or trading shall be required to obtain an operator's licence from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

To be able to Transmit, Distribute or Generate power for sale, you need to apply for a LICENCE from Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission In performing its function, the commissions primary focus is balancing the interest of market participants and the protection of Nigerian consumer interest with respect to price,quality and consistency of power supply.

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

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