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Open a HORECA Business in France

Updated on Wednesday 12th December 2018

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Open-a-HORECA-business-in-France.jpgTourism is one of the most important industries in France, as the country is one of the most visited countries in the world. According to recent surveys, most foreign investors coming to start their businesses here think about setting up companies in tourism as the investments are relatively low when it comes to the costs. Also, the types of businesses which can be set up in tourism are various, among which the most popular ones are:

  • - travel agencies;
  • - hotels;
  • - restaurants;
  • - cafes and brasseries.

The last three form the HORECA or hospitality sector in France. Below, our French company formation agents offer information on how to register a HORECA business.

Registering a HORECA business in France

The registration of a business in the hospitality sector is not different from setting up a company in any other industry in France. The first steps for opening a HORECA business in France are:

  • - drafting a business plan;
  • - choosing the right location for the business;
  • - choosing the right type of structure for the company;
  • - drafting and filing the incorporation documents with the Trade Register;
  • - registering for tax and VAT purposes;
  • - applying for the necessary licenses.

France is one of the richest countries when it comes to cultural heritage and cities like Paris, Marseille, Nice, Cannes and Toulouse are excellent for starting a HORECA business. Our company registration consultants in France can help with the incorporation of the business.

Licenses for HORECA companies in France

The most important regulations which must be considered when starting a HORECA company in France refer to the licenses which must be obtained. Foreign investors must know that they must apply for:

  • - drinking licenses;
  • - a police notice for the protection of minors;
  • - an opening hours schedule which must be obtained from the local municipality;
  • - ratings for hotels and restaurants.

Also, specific hygiene norms must be respected in the case of restaurants and cafes.

If you are interested in opening a HORECA company in France and need more information on the legislation and licensing requirements, do not hesitate to contact us. You can also rely on for assistance with the company formation process of the French hospitality company.


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Call us now at +33 9 73 22 01 51 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Paris, France. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to France.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in France.