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Setting up a business easy made: Trade Law & Co

In the first part of the series "Setting up a business made easy", I already noted that a large number of legal issues have to be taken into account when starting a self-employed business. This includes, among other things, trade law, an important core area of public business law.

The exercise of a trade in Austria is linked to a trade licence, which in turn is issued by the trade authority. The procedure for obtaining this authorisation ultimately depends on the type of activity planned or carried out. It is important to know that a trade can be carried out not only by natural persons but also by legal entities (such as a limited liability company). However, different requirements apply to the different legal forms.

In addition, it must be taken into account that in the case of the establishment of a company - in certain cases - a business premises licence may also be required in addition to a business licence. According to the law, business facilities are "local facilities that serve a commercial activity" (such as restaurants, hotels or car repair shops). Under certain circumstances (depending on the individual case), permits under water law or labour law may also be required.

This means that a large number of "permits" etc. have to be considered, which is why it makes sense in any case to seek comprehensive legal advice in order to avoid later discussions with authorities and high administrative fines.

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