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Business Permits and Licenses in Norway

Business Permits and Licenses in Norway

Updated on Tuesday 28th March 2017

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If you intend to invest in Norway and start a business in this country you need to be informed on the conditions in which you can obtain a permit or a license that can allow you to conduct your activity in this state. Depending on the sector in which you operate there are different institutions that emit these documents. Our Norwegian lawyers can inform you in detail on the legal provisions regarding the obtaining of business permits and licenses in Norway

Business licensing in Norway 

Not all domains of activity require a license in Norway. However there are a few fields that require special authorizations prior to the proper commencement of the business. If your company operates in one of the following domains then you will need to apply for a permit or license in Norway:
  • Broadcasting in television and radio;
  • Construction – for any building projects you need to obtain authorization of the enterprise;
  • Oil, gas or hydro power sector requires special concessions for initiation of commercial activity;
  • Transportation, such as buses, ferries and other public transportation;
  • Food preparation, or delivery;
  • Food manufacturing: companies in this field need to obtain certification from the Norwegian Food Safety Agency.
Some special conditions apply as well to advertising and marketing companies. According to the Marketing Control Act from 2009, the commercial practices in Norway must respect certain restrictions when dealing with special category of products or services such as the health sector.
We invite entrepreneurs to rely on our law firm in Norway for more information regarding the business permits and licenses available in Norway.

Tourism and transportation companies in Norway 

If you intend to open a company in the accommodation industry in Norway, you will need to obtain a registration permit for any hotel functioning in this country. Alternative housing enterprises such as hostels and B&Bs must follow the same procedure, according to the Norwegian Law. 
Operating in the transportation industry requires as well the obtaining of a license from the authorities. Load carriage and international shipping enterprises must address the relevant authority and apply for international transport authorization.
Feel free to contact our attorneys in Norway for further information on the business permits and licenses in Norway. They can help you as well elaborate specific documentation required in order to apply for any type of business authorization you need. 


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