Most business activities require a business permit and/or other specific permits or approvals.
Before setting up their business, a professional can submit a provisional application to the Directorate General for SMEs and Entrepreneurship (Direction générale PME et Entrepreneuriat) to confirm that no permit is required.
Who is concerned
An exemption may be granted for the following professions (not an exhaustive list):
- interpreter, translator (who may, however, submit a request to be certified by the Ministry of Justice, which will enable them to carry out official translations);
- freelance journalist;
How to proceed
To provide proof to other authorities (e.g. social security) that they do not require a permit to practise their profession, the future self-employed person can submit a provisional application to the General Directorate for SMEs and Entrepreneurship.
The Directorate General for SMEs and Entrepreneurship will confirm in writing that practising the profession does not require a business permit.
After confirming that they do not require a business permit to practise their profession, the self-employed worker (a sole trader working in their own name) must:
- register with social security as a self-employed person;
- submit an operating declaration (if they wish to take on employees);
- register for VAT if they believe their turnover will exceed EUR 30,000 per year.
Sole traders wishing to incorporate their business
If they subsequently wish to incorporate their business (as an SA, SARL, SECS, SENC, etc.), the self-employed professional must demonstrate that they have the qualifications required to run a business and apply for a business permit for traders.
Forms / Online services
Who to contact
'Contact Entreprise' at the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts - Luxembourg2, Circuit de la foire internationale
B.P. 1604 / L-1016
General Directorate - SMEs, Entrepreneurship and the Internal Market (authorisations of establishment)
B.P. 535 - L-2937 Luxembourg
Phone : (+352) 247-74700Fax : (+352) 247-74701The telephone helpline is open Monday to Friday, from 13.00 to 17.00 (not on public holidays).