Set up a company after incorporation before a notary public

You have to draw up a deed before a notary public for a: 
  • private limited company
  • public limited company
  • partnership limited by shares
  • cooperative company with limited liability.
Your notary public registers the deed within fifteen days at the registrar’s office of the commercial court. The registrar’s office then takes care of publication in the Belgian Official Journal and allocates you a business number. Once you have received this business number, you have to:
  • register your company with the Banque Carrefour des Entreprises (BCE – central business database)
  • possibly have your business number activated as a VAT number
  • arrange for social security as self-employed workers for all partners
  • possibly apply for permits.
Start now > with the start-up of your company.

Before you start

To start up a company, you must:
  • have received your business number from the registrar’s office
  • know how you are going and who is going to demonstrate a basic knowledge of business management and possibly professional knowledge
  • know what activities you are planning to exercise
  • have a professional bank account number
  • possibly have chosen a trade name.


Starting up a company costs:
  • EUR 83.50 (legal rate) per establishment for registration as a trading company in the BCE (central business database)
  • EUR 55 (+ VAT at 21%) to activate your business number as a VAT number (if applicable).
All persons in a company are subject to the social status of self-employed persons. Every partner therefore pays social security contributions to a social insurance fund every quarter.