Obligatory and voluntary registers
When running a business there are a number of different registers in which you either can, or must, register.
Here is a brief overview of some of these registers:
Register of Legal Entities
The Register of Legal Entities is a national register which allocates organisation numbers. Private limited companies, co-operatives and general partnerships are amongst the entities which are obliged to register in the Register of Legal Entities. Associations and sole proprietorships are entitled to register in the Register of Legal Enterprises. Registration in the Entity Register is a condition for registration in a number of other registers, including the Enterprise Register, the NAV Aa Register and the Value Added Tax Register. To find out whether a business is registered, you search key information at the Brønnøysund registers.
Register of Business Enterprises
The Register of Business Enterprises is responsible for registering Norwegian and foreign enterprises which operate commercially in Norway or on the Norwegian continental shelf. Sole proprietorships trading in ready-made goods or have more than five employees are obliged to register in the Register of Business enterprises. Other sole proprietorships are entitled, but not obliged, to register. Registration in the Register of Business Enterprises affords protection for the enterprise's name. Most information in the Register of Business Enterprises is public information. In order to find out whether an enterprise is registered in the Register of Business Enterprises you can use the search area "Find business/entity" at Brreg.no. Registration in the Register of Business Enterprises will be specified under special information.
The Employer and Employee Register (NAV Aa Register)
The Register of Employers and Employees contains information on employments. Employers and contractors are obliged to report monthly on their employees and freelancers every by submitting an a-melding. Registration in the Aa-register is done by submitting the A-melding. Employers and contractors must register in the Register of Legal Entities before they can submit an A-melding. The register is used by most public authorities.
The Value Added Tax Register
The Value Added Tax Register contains an overview of businesses which are subject to value added tax. This means enterprises which are required to add value added tax to vatable products and services. To find out whether an enterprise is registered in the Value Added Tax Register, you can use the search area "Find business/entity" at Brreg.no. Registration in the Value Added Tax Register will be specified under special information.
Register of approved cleaning enterprises
Anyone who provides cleaning services to any extent must have official approval from the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority in order to provide such services. It is illegal to purchase cleaning services from enterprises which are not registered in the Register of approved cleaning enterprises. You can search in the Register of approved cleaning enterprises to find out whether an enterprise is approved as a cleaning enterprise. All approved cleaning enterprises must each year, no later than January 31, notify the Labour Inspection Authority that they still meet the requirements for approval.
Car wash, tire change and the tire hotel register
All businesses that offer car care, wheel changing and wheel storage must have public approval. The purchase of such services from a business that is not approved is illegal. You can search for approved companies at the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority. Every year, all approved car care businesses must send a notification to the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority confirming that the business still meets the requirements for approval.
Register for of staffing enterprises
All staffing enterprises that hire out labour in Norway must have authorisation from the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority. Hiring personnel form staffing enterprises without authorisation is prohibited. You can find more information about when you need to apply for authorisation on the Labour Inspection Authority´s website, where you can also search for staffing agencies with authorisation.
The Register of Non-Profit Organisations
In order to be registered in the Register of Non-Profit Organisations, you must carry on voluntary activity and be registered as an association, foundation or private limited company. In order to apply for VAT compensation or participate in the Grassroots scheme, the business must be registered in the Voluntary Register. To find out whether an enterprise is registered in the Register of Non-Profit Organisations, you can use the search area "Find business/entity" at Brreg.no. Registration in the Register of Non-Profit Organisations will be specified under special information.
The Voluntary Register of Complementary Practitioners
Persons engaging in complementary and alternative treatments covered by the Act relating to the alternative treatment of disease, illness, etc., and are a member of an approved organisation of practitioners, can register in the Voluntary Register of Complementary Practitioners. The purpose of the register is to provide patient protection and ensure consumer rights for those who seek alternative treatments with registered practitioners.