In Luxembourg, your startup must obtain a business license (autorisation d’établissement) from the Ministry of Economy prior to conducting any commercial, craft, industrial or liberal activities.
Some conditions are required. Your startup must have in the country a fixed physical establishment, equipped with the administrative and technical installations suitable for your activities. Other conditions are related to the owner of the holder of the business license. First, you must satisfy the conditions of professional integrity. Professional integrity aims to guarantee the integrity of the profession and to protect future contracting partners and clients. In practice, the Ministry assesses your professional integrity based on the following documents: your criminal record and a sworn declaration indicating any management positions held by you during the 3 years prior to the application. If you have resided in Luxembourg for less than 5 years, you must also provide a notarial declaration of non-bankruptcy by which you declare that you have never been involved in a bankruptcy.
Then you must prove that you possess the required professional qualifications. Their extent and nature may vary according to the nature of your business. For instance, there are 3 ways to comply with the qualifications required for commercial activities. Either you possess the appropriate degree, diploma or certificate of completion. Or you have practiced relevant professional activity for at least 3 years in an EU Member State. Or you have successfully passed the final exam which completes the course for access to commercial activities organized by the Chamber of Commerce via the House of Training or any similar training course provided in another Member State. A legislative reform is underway in order to abolish any prerequisite for professional qualifications for basic commercial activities.
Apart from a tax stamp of 24 €, the process for obtaining a business license is free of charge. You can submit your application online via MyGuichet with a Luxtrust card or send it by standard mail or email to the General Directorate – SME, Entrepreneurship and the Internal Market.
If you are a non-EU national, you must submit your business license application together with your application to stay as a self-employed person and send them in a single dossier to the Ministry of Immigration.