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Open a Restaurant in France

Updated on Wednesday 13th December 2017

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Open-a-restaurant-in-FranceFrance is renowned for its cuisine which is the second reason after sightseeing for tourists to visits this country. This is also why France has one of the most developed tourism industries in Europe. Foreign entrepreneurs and companies are keen on exploring the investment opportunities France offers from a touristic point of view which is why many of them open restaurants, hotel chains and travel agencies here.

If you want to open a business in the tourism industry you will be subject to various legal requirements for each of the categories. Our French company formation representatives can offer information about the laws related to opening a restaurant in this beautiful country.

Company registration, the first step for opening a French restaurant

In order to set up any type of business in France, one must incorporate a company with the Trade Register. The same requirement is available for those seeking to open a restaurant in France. The most employed vehicle for this type of business is the limited liability company. This type of company must be registered under the commercial and industrial category of professions. Our company registration agents in France can help you with the whole business registration procedure.

Licenses for restaurants in France

Once the company registration process is completed, the licensing phase will begin. Opening a French restaurant implies obtaining several licenses related to the food to be processed, the serving of alcoholic beverages and so on. Most of these licenses are obtained with the city hall of the city of town where the restaurant is located in.

One needs to fulfill the following conditions in order to be allowed to establish a restaurant in France:

  • -          a notice for the protection of minors must be obtained;
  • -          the opening hours of the restaurant must be approved by the police department;
  • -          for safety reasons, the premises of the restaurant must be inspected by the fire and the police departments;
  • -          for hygiene reasons, the location must be approved by the Department of Social Protection.

The owner must also hire specialized personnel who will first undergo a medical examination.

For full information on how to set up a restaurant, please contact our company registration consultants in France.



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