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Closure of a Branch Office

General Information

Cessation of activities in an additional place of business (branch office) must be reported to the competent trade authority.

The reported cessation of activities forms the basis for deleting the entry of this place of business in the Austrian Business Licence Information System (GISA).

Enterprises Affected

This applies to businesses intending to cease activities in an additional place of business (branch office).

Caution

In general, these regulations also apply to business owners from EU-countries in Austria.

Requirements

See General Information

Deadline

Basically, business activities in a branch office may cease at any time.

The report must be received by the trade authority no later than the day on which business ceases in an additional location.

Please note

If the holder of a trade licence fails to report cessation of business in an additional location within the deadline requirement of the trade authority, he/she commits an administrative offence carrying a fine of up to 2,189 Euro.

Competent Authority

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

Procedure

Cessation of activities in an additional 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 of the holder of the trade licence
  • Designation of the trade
  • Location of trade as well as location of the additional place of business
  • GISA-number
  • Date as of which the trade activities will be ceased in the additional place of business

Documents Required

No special documents are necessary.

Expenses

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

No fees or taxes are incurred.

Legal Basis

Sections 46 , 345 of the Gewerbeordnung 1994 (GewO 1994)

Expert Information

There is no expert information available.

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last update: 18 January 2021

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