Some businesses in Belgium can only function if they are granted a special permit o license. This applies for a number of activities and occupations and entrepreneurs should always check if their business requires such special approvals. Special authorizations for doing business in Belgium can be obtained from the relevant authorities, after submitting a request.
The consultants at our law firm in Belgium can tell you if your Belgian company needs a license, permit or certificate in order to function and conduct specific business activities.
The following video summarizes the necessary permits and licenses for doing business in Belgium:
Regulated activities in Belgium
Taxi operators and travel agencies in Belgium are among the occupations that require special authorizations. Entrepreneurs who want to open any kind of establishment that deals with foodstuffs need to apply for a license from the Foodstuffs Inspection Department belonging to the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain. This applies for:
-restaurants, cafes, and hotels;
-other establishments that commercialize foodstuffs, like bookstores and services stations (if applicable).
Private employment agencies, as well as any business operating in the social economy sector, need to obtain a license and/or an accreditation. Businesses operating in fields like the urban planning and environment also need permits. Any construction work, demolition, renovation, conversion or change of use of a building or house in Belgium requires a planning permission.
Entrepreneurs who want to obtain the necessary special permits and licenses for doing business in Belgium need to contact the relevant authorities. When dealing with foodstuffs, entrepreneurs must obtain a license from the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain by submitting an application. They must also comply with the existing hygiene standards and pay a fee for the license. For these types of activities, the license is issued for a period of three years.
We can help you obtain any and all necessary licenses, certificates and permits for your business. Our law firm in Belgium specializes in a wide range of legal issues and can offer you various legal services.
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