In order to operate as a independent surveyor, applicants must hold a business permit.
The business permit is granted to the business (either the professional operating under his own name, or the company he runs) if:
- the manager meets the requirements in terms of qualification and professional integrity;
- and the business has a fixed physical establishment in Luxembourg (no so-called 'letterbox companies').
Compliance with these provisions is verified by the General Directorate for SMEs and Entrepreneurship at the time the application for a business permit is submitted.
The legal form of the business will determine the type of registration/affiliation that is required before it can begin its activity.
Surveyors who are 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 without business permit and without giving prior notification to the Directorate for SMEs and Entrepreneurship.
They are nevertheless required to comply with all the rules of the profession, in particular ethical requirements, in force in Luxembourg.
Carry out your procedure:
With an online service
- Business permit - online application
By downloading a form
- Autorisation d'établissement
- Déclaration sur l'honneur
The activities of independent surveyors include:
- the determination of the shape of the earth and the measurement of all data needed to determine the size, position, shape and contour of any part of the earth;
- the determination of the positioning of objects in space as well as the positioning of physical elements, structures and engineering works on, above or below the surface of the earth;
- the design, establishment and administration of geographic information systems (GIS) and the collection, storage, analysis, management and processing of the data in these systems;
- the study of the natural and social environment, the measurement and assessment of land and marine resources and the use of such data in the development of urban, rural and regional areas;
- the planning, development and redevelopment of property, whether urban or rural and whether land or buildings;
- the value assessment and management of property, whether urban or rural and whether land or buildings;
- the measurement and set-up of construction works;
- the production of plans, maps, files, graphs and reports;
- the establishment of a cadastre vertical (register) in a building owned by several owners or in complex building structures;
- property assessments and evaluations;
The activities of official surveyors include the determination of the position of the boundaries of public or private land, including national and international borders, and the registration of said land with the appropriate authorities.
Surveyors who are legally established on the territory of the Swiss Confederation or in a country of the European Economic Area (EEA) may provide temporary and occasional services in Luxembourg without business permit and without giving prior notification. However, they are still subject to the rules applicable in Luxembourg, such as ethical provisions.
In order to justify the qualifications required to become a surveyor, managers must have:
- a Master's degree in geodesy, topography, cartography, photogrammetry, geomatics or equivalent (issued by a higher education establishment recognised by the State in which the establishment is located and registered in the register of certificates).
To become an official surveyor, business managers must also:
- be a citizen of an EU Member State;
- have the linguistic abilities which are necessary to carry out their profession in Luxembourg;
- and justify additional skills, namely:
- have a 2-year professional experience in Luxembourg with an official surveyor, with at least 6 months carried out with the Land Register and Topography Department (Administration du Cadastre et de la Topographie) and have passed the final traineeship examination organised by said Department;
- or have a similar qualification obtained in a Member State and have passed an aptitude test on Luxembourg constitutional law, civil law and administrative law as well as on cadastral directives and management in Luxembourg;
- or have a certificate proving that they passed the examination for the higher career grade for engineers of the Land Register and Topography Department.
Business managers who intend to operate an establishment where some of the activities/installations have not yet been authorised must apply for an operating permit for classified establishments.Examples of activities/installations that are subject to authorisation:
- worksites and development works;
- garages, covered car parks;
- office buildings;
- elevators, service lifts;
- work processes, establishments or projects that may cause substantial neighbourhood annoyance or specific hazards to the safety and health of employees, etc.
It is therefore recommended to submit the application at the very beginning of the project.
Business permit application in Luxembourg
Documentary proof of qualification
In order to provide proof of the professional qualification to operate as a surveyor, the business manager must attach the following to their application for a business permit:
- a copy of their degree or higher education diploma;
- a copy of the ministerial order of registration in the register of certificates.
In order to provide proof of their traineeship and of having passed the examination, applicants seeking the title of 'official surveyor' must also enclose:
- in the case of professional experience in another European Union country: a certificate of the activities carried out (European certificate of experience or equivalent) issued by the competent authority or body of the country of origin (generally a professional association);
- in the case of professional experience in Luxembourg: a certificate of affiliation to the Joint Social Security Centre (Centre Commun de la Sécurité Sociale - CCSS);
- and the traineeship examination certificate.
Documents attesting to professional integrity
- applicants residing in Luxembourg for more than 10 years:
- applicants who do not reside in Luxembourg or have been residing in the country for less than 10 years:
Other documents to be submitted with the application
The following documents must be attached to the business permit application:
- a copy of the manager's identity card;
- proof of payment of stamp duty (droit de chancellerie), in the form of:
- either a tax stamp, value EUR 24, purchased at the Indirect Tax Authority (AED) ;
- or the proof of payment of EUR 24 into the IBAN account LU09 1111 7026 5281 0000, BIC code: CCPLLULL of the Diekirch Revenue Office, with the following communication: 'autorisation de commerce';
- in the event of an application for a business (legal person), the company's articles of association which have been filed with the Trade and Companies Register.
In the event of an online application for a business permit via MyGuichet (with a Luxtrust card), the system will automatically generate the list of supporting documents to be attached to the application and which may vary depending on the data entered by the applicant.
Managers who run their business as a sole proprietorship can collect their business permit at the Joint Social Security Centre (CCSS).
Managers who run their business as a company (partnership / capital company) will receive their business permit by post.
Registrations/affiliations depending on the legal form of the company
After the business manager has received the business permit, he must carry out various administrative procedures which depend on the legal form of business chosen.
In the case of a sole proprietorship, the business manager has to:
- go to the Joint Social Security Centre to collect the business permit and register as a self-employed worker;
- submit an operating declaration to the social security (if he intends to hire staff);
- register for VAT.
Partnerships (SENC, SECS)
In the case of a partnership (SECS, SENC), the managers have to:
- file the constitutional documents (statutes, articles of association) of the company with the trade and companies register;
- submit an operating declaration to the social security;
- register themselves as employees (or self-employed workers) with the social security;
- register for VAT.
Capital companies (SA, SARL, SECA, SE)
In the case of a capital company (SA, SARL, SECA, SE), the business managers must:
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