This is to notify and inform the general public that the SHORT-TERM WORK PERMIT (E-Work Permit) is now being initiated by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Employment. The employers wishing to import foreign workers even for the duration less than 30 days should now compulsorily apply online through BLMIS with immediate effect. Besides the normal required documents, the individual/FWRA/employers should submit the medical clearance certificate of the foreigners obtained from the country of origin.This notification is referred to the approval of the night halt work permits only and for other categories and updates, MoICE will keep notifying in future.

Public Notification from Department of Labour

Re: Restriction on Foreign Workers Undertaking Plumbing and Electrical Works


We bring to the public notice a matter concerning the employment of foreign workers for plumbing and electrical works. Presently, no work permit is being issued to any foreigner for plumbing and electrical occupations as per Executive Order No. DoL/FWD/01/2018-2019/150 &156/265, dated 30th January, 2019. This restriction is based on the Regulations of Foreign Workers Recruitment; and is intended to facilitate skills development and promote local employment.

Further, employing foreign workers for plumbing and electrical work without the approval of the Chief Labour Administrator would result in the misuse/variation of the work permit. This variation of work permit is considered as a violation of fourth-degree felony (Section 221-222 of the Labour and Employment Act, 2007).

Hence, in order to prevent any complications or legal issues, we kindly urge you to consider hiring exclusively from our pool of local professionals and workers when seeking plumbing and electrical services. As we adopt ‘critical skills shortage’ approach to foreign workers recruitment, we may consider the employment of foreign individuals in plumbing and electrical roles only when there is a genuine scarcity of local plumbers and electricians or on a case-specific evaluation basis.

If you require local plumbing or electrical services, we strongly advise you to consult the list of local skilled workers (annexed).

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter. By working together, we can build our local workforce.

For any inquiries or further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Ugyen Dorji, Senior Labour Officer [17411772] and Tshering Yangki [contact 17628619].

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


 Chief Labour Administrator





Table A: Contact Details of Focal Persons Electrical Works
ThimphuHem Raj Karwal & Group17306431
Sonam Chophel & Group17453209
Lobzang Dendup & Group17478540
Paro & HaaSonam Tobgay & Group17527015
Punakha & WangduJimba & Group17334173/17347736
Bumthang & trongsaJigme Tenzin & Group17739450
Tsirang & DaganaParsuram Chamlagai & Group17666178/17768359
SamtseSagar Subha & Group77464696
Trashigang & YangtseDorji Khandu & Group17503125



Table B: Contact Details of Focal Persons for Plumbing Works
ThimphuNima Dorji & Group17419502
Phurpa Dendup & group17698802
Paro & HaaJigme Wangchuk & Group17496933
Punakha & WangdueNima Dorji & Group17419502
Bumthang & TrongsaJigme & Group17739450
Tsirang & DaganaParsuram Chamlagai & Group17666178/17768359
Gelephu & SarpangDorji Nidup & Group77276216
Mongar & LhuentsheThinley Jamtsho & Group17954578
SamtseSagar Subha & Group77464696
Trashigang & YangtseDorji Khandu & Group17503125