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Relocation
Business management → Trade

Requirement

Name

Relocation (B)

General information

If a place of business or an additional place of business (branch office) is relocated, this must be reported to the competent trade authority.

In addition, any relocation of the principal place of business or of the headquarters of a legal entity in Austria must be registered with the competent court. If relocation involves a change of the competent court, the currently competent court must inform the newly competent court of this change and enter this fact in the Companies RegisterGerman text. The newly competent court must check whether relocation has proceeded in an orderly manner and whether the company remains duly distinguishable from other companies. If this is the case, the newly competent court will enter relocation and any additional registrations in the Companies Register.

In the case of weaponry, pyrotechnics and blasting companies as well as chimney sweeps, the trade may be exercised in the new place of business only when the official letter of cognisance becomes legally effective.

Further detailed information on relocation German text can be found on USP.gv.at.

Prerequisites

See Description of contents

Deadlines

The report must be received by the trade authority no later than the day on which business is taken up in the new location or in an additional location.

If the holder of a trade licence fails to report the take-up of business in a new location or in an additional location within the deadline requirement of the trade authority, he/she commits an administrative offence carrying a fine of up to 2,180 Euro.

Required documents

No special documents are necessary.

Costs

Non-regulated ("free") and regulated trades (including sub-trades):

  • Report: free of charge
  • Informal notice of entry in the register: free of charge

Forms

Online-procedure:

Trade – relocationGerman text
Necessary for online procedure: trade register number (e.g. 123456/g/06/07 – can be found in the trade register extract and in notifications sent by the trade authority), companies register number or social security number


Responsible department

Competent authority

Trade authority locally competent for the location of the new place of business:


Detail information

Procedure

Relocation of the place of business may be reported – either with or without the use of an official form – personally, in writing or by electronic means.

An informal report shall include the following information:

  • Name and designation of company
  • Primary location or location of an additional place of business
  • New primary location or new location of an additional place of business
    Trades Register number

In certain cases the exercise of a trade in a new location may require facility permitsGerman text (this is particularly true for facilities likely to constitute risks, nuisance or inconvenience).

Additional information

The Economic ChamberGerman text will be informed by the trade authority of any relocation. No special notification is required.

Legal basis

Section 46 of the Gewerbeordnung 1994 (GewO 1994)