FAQ - Starting up

21. 5. 2007

This document advises how to start a business in the Czech Republic, if a foreigner also needs to get a trade license and where it is possible to find adresses of trade license offices.

Do foreigners need to have a trade license in order to pursue bussiness in the Czech Republic?

A foreigner intending to pursue a business activity in the Czech Republic is authorized to pursue such activity only upon a duly issued trade license. In order to get it a foreigner (being a natural person residing or a legal entity domiciled outside of the Czech Republic) needs to approach the trade license office having local competence and notify of a trade or apply for the issuance of a license.

Where to find adresses of trade license offices and how to determine which one is relevant for me?

A list of trade license offices with contact information is available on BusinessInfo.cz. Determination of the relevant trade license office depends on the type of business entity:

In case of a foreigner not establishing an organizational unit of his enterprise in the Czech Republic, the trade license office shall mean a trade license office having local competence according to the place of his/her permitted residence within the Czech Republic.

A foreign natural person establishing an organizational unit of enterprise in the Czech Republic shall notify of a trade or apply for the issuance of a license to the trade license office having local competence according to the place of the organizational unit of the enterprise in the Czech Republic.

A foreign legal entity shall notify of a trade or apply for the issuance of a license to the trade license office having local competence according to the place of the organizational unit of the enterprise in the Czech Republic.

 

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