There are 3 main kinds of licenses that are applicable for a Singapore company:
Certain businesses require licences before they can commence operations. For example, childcare centres require a Child Care Centre licence.
Applies for doctors, lawyers, architects and accountants. These licences are usually obtained from the respective professional organisations.
Business Activity Based Licenses
To carry on certain business activities you will need specific licenses or permits. For example, for selling liquor, you will need a liquor licence.