Organisation number and business number
All enterprises that carry on commercial activity and/or declare that they have employees are assigned a business number in addition to the organisation number. The organisation number is the legal identifier used when dealing with customers and suppliers.
Organisation number for the enterprise (legal organisation number)
All organisations that are registered in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities (e.g. private limited companies, cooperatives and sole proprietorships) are assigned an organisation number. This number must appear on the organisation's website, in communication with customers and suppliers and on all business and sales documents.
The organisation number (also known as the 'legal number') must also be used in reports concerning the enterprise or organisation itself. It is this number that will appear in searches for business name in the search field "Find business/entity" at brreg.no.
Establishing an organisation number
You have to submit the form Coordinated Register Notification in order to be assigned an organisation number.
In addition to the legal organisation number, anyone who carries on commercial activity, and/or has declared that they have employees, will have an affiliated branch with a separate business number. Anyone who operates from several locations and/or in different industries will often have a separate business number for each of their branches/industries. You can find any affiliated business numbers by entering your business name or organisation number in the search area "Find business/entity". Click on the chosen entity to see the key information about the company (only available in Norwegian) and then select ' Oversikt over registrerte virksomheter' at the bottom of the page.
The business number is used primarily when submitting the A-melding The A-melding is a monthly report from employers to NAV, SSB and the Tax Administration concerning employment, salary and withholding tax. It is also used to report on employer's National Insurance contributions and finance tax for the enterprise and when reporting to SSB.
Establishing more than one affiliated business/branch
If you have business activities at several locations, or have considerable turnover in different industries at one location, you should register the different businesses or branches. You do this by submitting the form "Tillegg for enhet med virksomhet på flere adresser (available in Norwegian only)". The form is submitted by E-mail or regular post. You can find the address at the bottom of the form.