The majority of business activities require a business permit and/or other specific permits or approval.
Conversely, certain activities which are mainly intellectual in nature and are carried out by an individual in their own name do not require a permit.
Before setting up their business, the professional concerned can submit a provisional application to the General Directorate for SMEs and Entrepreneurship to receive confirmation that no permit is required.
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- Demande de principe - activité non soumise à autorisation d'établissement
Professionals engaging in certain activities which are mainly intellectual in nature in their own name (i.e. as a sole trader, without creating a company), do not require any prior authorisation to begin business activity in Luxembourg.
This exemption covers the following professions, inter alia:
- interpreter, translator (who may, however, submit a request to be certified by the Ministry of Justice, which will enable them to perform official translations);
- freelance journalist;
- dog groomer;
- web analyst, etc.
To provide proof to other authorities (e.g. social security) that the activity in question does not require a permit, the future self-employed person can submit a provisional application to the General Directorate for SMEs and Entrepreneurship.
The General Directorate for SMEs and Entrepreneurship will confirm in writing that the activity does not require a business permit.
After confirming that their activity does not require a business permit, 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.
Taking on the form of a company
In the event of the subsequent creation of a commercial company (SA, SARL, SECS, SENC, etc.), the professional must prove that they have the qualifications necessary to operate as a trader and apply for a business permit for traders.
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