What business names can you use?

Most business names can be used in Vanuatu. However, there some exceptions for names that cannot be used.

A proposed business name will be refused if it is identical (or similar enough to deceive or mislead) to a:

  • company name
  • business name registered in the past five years, or
  • reserved business name.

Other grounds for refusal are where the proposed name:

  • suggests a connection with government or other public bodies
  • contains the word ‘co-operative’ or ‘building society’, or
  • the Registrar otherwise decides the name is undesirable.