Starting and registering a cooperative (SA)

When starting a cooperative, you must first choose a name and found the organisation. The cooperative must then be registered. This text will provide you with the information you need in order to start a cooperative, with descriptions of how to proceed with the registration of the cooperative.


Conditions for starting a cooperative:

  • Cooperatives must be established by at least two people. Both natural and legal persons (e.g. another cooperative or an association) can be founders.
  • You must be aged 18 or over in order to be a founder or fulfil another role in a cooperative.
  • The company must have a Norwegian business address (i.e. a Norwegian physical address which is stated in the format: street/road, house number, postcode and postal town. Postbox addresses will not be accepted).

Håndbok i etablering av samvirkeforetak (in Norwegian only)

 

Establishing and registering a cooperative

How to register a cooperative when those who are to perform roles in the cooperative have a Norwegian national ID number or D-number:

  1. Establish the cooperative by drawing up and signing a memorandum of association and articles of association.
  2. If the founders are to pay a contribution to the cooperative, you should ask the bank to set up an account for a cooperative under foundation. Pay in the contribution and ask for confirmation from the bank. (If the contribution is to consist of non-cash assets (non-cash contribution), an opening balance and a statement signed by the founders and confirmed by the auditor must be prepared).
  3. Register the cooperative using the form entitled 'Coordinated register notification'. Enclose the memorandum of association, articles of association and any confirmation from your bank. (If any contributions are to be made which consist of non-cash assets, an opening balance and confirmation from an auditor must be enclosed.
  4. If the cooperative is to have an auditor, the auditor must electronically sign the notification. 
  5. Send the notification for signing. You will then receive a notification for signing in your Altinn 'inbox', which you will use in order to sign the form.

You will be notified when the cooperative has been registered via your 'Inbox' in Altinn.

  1. Establish the cooperative by drawing up and signing a memorandum of association and articles of association.
  2. If the founders are to pay a contribution to the cooperative, you should ask the bank to set up an account for a cooperative under foundation. Pay in the contribution and ask for confirmation from the bank or an auditor. (If the contribution is to consist of non-cash assets (non-cash contribution), an opening balance and a statement signed by the founders and confirmed by the auditor must be prepared).
  3. Register the cooperative by completing the paper form for registering a cooperative (Coordinated register notification - Part 1 - Main form) and applications for d-numbers (one form for each person who requires a d-number because they are to perform a role in the cooperative). Enclose the memorandum of association, a certified copy of valid identification and any confirmation from your bank. (If any contributions are to be made which consist of non-cash assets, an opening balance and confirmation from an auditor must be enclosed. 

    Coordinated register notification, Part 1 Main form (in Norwegian only)

  4. Application for a d-number

  5. If the cooperative is to have an auditor, the auditor must electronically sign the the form.
  6. Send the forms to the postal address printed on the form "Coordinated register notification".

You will be notified once the registration process is complete.

The Brønnøysund Register Centre on registering co-operative society (in Norwegian only)

The Brønnøysund Register Centre on common errors when registering a co-operative society (in Norwegian only)

Foreign Citizen

If you are not a citizen of an EU/EEA country, and are planning to run a business in Norway, you need to have a residence permit that will allow you to work here. You can find information about the terms and requirements for resident permit on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's (UDI) website.

Directorate of Immigration - apply for a residence permit

Naming a cooperative

Cooperatives must have the form of incorporation 'samvirkeforetak' or the abbreviation 'SA' before or after their name. Read more about choosing names (domain names, business names and trademarks).

Deadline for registration

Notification of registration of the cooperative must be received by the Register of Business Enterprises no later than three months after the cooperative is founded. The partnership cannot take on obligations until it has been registered.

How long does it take?

The Brønnøysund Register Centre's case processing times vary during the year.

The Brønnøysund Register Centre – expected processing time (in Norwegian only)

How much does it cost?

Registering a cooperative costs NOK 5,570 when registering electronically in Altinn, or NOK 6,797en registering using the paper form.

Upon registration, the cooperative will be assigned an organisation number.

Lov om samvirkeforetak (in Norwegian only)

Registering an existing cooperative

A cooperative registered in an EU/EEA country can relocate its head office to another EU/EEA country without having to dissolve and re-register.

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