Business activities are classified according to an international standard known as the International Standard Industry Classification (ISIC). The Lao PDR is in the process of implementing a national variation of ISIC known as LSIC. When registering a business in Vientiane or a provincial office you will need to know the LSIC codes that relate to your business. For regional district offices you will need to know the ISIC codes that apply.

Some business activities require approval from a specific government agency. Business registrations involving these activities may be subject to additional approvals by the agency responsible which may result in a short delay.

The ISIC Activity codes show below apply to registrations and changes in most regional offices. Please consult your local office regarding which codes apply in your location.