In order to operate a nightclub, the business manager must have a business permit.
A nightclub is a drinking establishment whose main activity consists in operating a dance floor during night-time hours.
The activities of traders in the Horeca sector do not include catering services (traiteur), which are subject to a business permit for a main craft activity (A list).
Traders from the Horeca sector who are legally established abroad (on the territory of the Swiss Confederation or in a country of the European Economic Area) may provide temporary and occasional services in Luxembourg.
Compliance with the conditions for access to the profession is verified by the General Directorate for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises at the time the application for a business permit is submitted.
Individuals who wish to operate a night club in their own name, in the context of a sole proprietorship, must meet the legal conditions of professional integrity.
Companies carrying out the activity of night club operator must appoint at least one natural person, the managing director, who must:
The business permit is issued to the company (either to the manager practising in their own name, or to the company they run) if the manager meets the legal conditions of professional integrity.
The information page 'Applying for a business permit' contains all the information relating to this procedure.
The company or sole proprietorship must have a fixed place of business in Luxembourg (no 'letter-box' companies).
Applicants must prove that they have the qualifications required to access a profession in the Horeca sector by submitting:
Please note: Applicants with one year's professional experience, documented by a certificate of affiliation from the Joint Social Security Centre or an EC certificate from their country of origin, may be exempted from the training course.
After obtaining a business permit, the operator of a sole proprietorship must:
After obtaining a business permit, the manager of a:
Please note: the manager of a simplified limited liability company must also file the draft articles of association of the company with the Trade and Companies Register. There is, however, no need to incorporate the company in the presence of a notary. A private deed will suffice.
Each professional must comply with the following throughout their existence:
Professionals without a business permit run the risk of criminal sanctions (imprisonment and fines) and the temporary closure of the establishment.
If the applicant intends to sell alcoholic beverages they will need:
The number of licences to serve and sell alcohol is limited in Luxembourg. This is why certain intermediaries (namely breweries) offer to make their licence available against a combined lease and alcohol supply contract.
Applicants who sell beverages to be consumed on the premises are required to comply with the obligations concerning the management of a drinking establishment.
Business permit application (including the declaration of honour)
Demande d'autorisation d'établissement (y inclus la déclaration sur l'honneur)
Antrag auf Niederlassungsgenehmigung (einschließlich der eidesstattlichen Erklärung)
Application for an extract from the police records for a natural person - online service
Demande d'extrait de casier judiciaire pour personne physique - service en ligne
Beantragung eines Auszugs aus dem Strafregister für natürliche Personen - Online-Vorgang