Activities not requiring a permit

This page was last modified on 09-11-2017

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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Who is concerned

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:

  • ergonomist;
  • interpreter, translator (who may, however, submit a request to be certified by the Ministry of Justice, which will enable them to perform official translations);
  • journalist;
  • freelance journalist;
  • writer;
  • dog groomer;
  • web analyst, etc.

Conversely, to carry out one of these professions in the form of a commercial company (société commerciale), professionals must apply for a business permit for traders.

How to proceed

Provisional application

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.

Other registrations

After confirming that their activity does not require a business permit, the self-employed worker (a sole trader working in their own name) must:

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.

Who to contact

14, rue Erasme
L-1468 - Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 42 39 39 - 330
Email info@houseofentrepreneurship.lu

Opening hours
from 8.30 to 18.00
Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts
2, Circuit de la foire internationale
L-1347 - Luxembourg-Kirchberg
Postal box B.P. 1604 / L-1016
Luxembourg

Email contact@cdm.lu

Ministry of the Economy

B.P. 535 - L-2937 - Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Phone: (+352) 247-74700
Fax: (+352) 247-74701
Email info.pme@eco.etat.lu

Opening hours
The telephone helpline is open Monday to Friday, from 13.00 to 17.00 (not on public holidays).