All persons must apply for a business permit before engaging in:
Some liberal professions may not be subject to a business permit but they require other authorisations.
The same applies to activities which are subject to specific registration or accreditation.
Journalistic activities do not require a business permit if they are exercised in a person's own name.
Any person wishing to set up a business in Luxembourg, either as a self-employed person or by starting a company, must have the authorisations/accreditations which are required to carry out the activity.
Businesses established in another EU Member State or a country treated as such are free to provide occasional and temporary services in Luxembourg.
Skilled craftsmen and manufacturers must nevertheless make a prior declaration.
Businesses established outside the EU must hold a business permit (or a specific authorisation depending on the profession) in Luxembourg.
In order to get a foreign higher education diploma recognised in Luxembourg, the diploma must:
In order to be able to decide on professional qualifications, the Minister of the Economy may require the applicant to have their diplomas recorded in the registry of certificates
In order to have a foreign professional or secondary school graduation diploma recognised in Luxembourg, said diploma must be recognised as equivalent to the corresponding Luxembourg diploma by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth (Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l'Enfance et de la Jeunesse - MENEJ).
Secondary or higher education and professional diplomas for healthcare professions (nursing auxiliary, nurse, specialist nurse, social assistant, physiotherapist, etc.) or socio-educational professions (specialist teacher, care assistant, etc.) must also be recognised by the MENEJ.
In order to access one of the below professions, the candidate must obtain a business permit:
Persons who wish to carry out one of these activities as a self-employed worker can seek advice from the House of Entrepreneurship.
In order to carry out one of the following craft activities (non exhaustive list), the professional must hold a business permit.
Craft activities are divided into main trades (list A) and secondary trades (list B):
Professionals must have a business permit to exercise the liberal activities of:
Business permits are no longer issued for economic advice and advisory activities. However, the persons concerned must apply for a permit for commercial activities and services.
Persons who wish to carry out one of these activities as a self-employed worker via a commercial company can seek advice from the House of Entrepreneurship.
In order to carry out certain liberal professions that are not subjet to a business permit, the professional must hold other specific authorisations:
In order to carry out certain activities, whether they are subject to a business permit or not, the professional must complete certain registrations or hold other specific authorisations:
Journalists, freelancers or editors do not need a business permit if they choose to practice in their own name.
To carry out one of these professions under the form of a commercial company (société commerciale), professionals must apply for a business permit for commercial activities and services.