Starting and registering a sole proprietorship

To register a sole proprietorship, you must choose a business name and describe the business you intend to run.

In order to start a sole proprietorship, you must:

  • plan to carry on commercial activity
  • have a Norwegian business address (the business address must be a Norwegian physical address and be stated in the format: street/road name, house number, postcode and postal town (not postbox))
  • be aged 18 or over (if you are over 15, you can register a sole proprietorship with the permission of your guardian and the County Governor (Application for the County Governor's approval)

If you are a citizen of an EU/EEA country and are planning to run a business in Norway, you must find out the rules that apply to residence permits.

Directorate of Immigration - apply for a residence permit

Name of sole proprietorship

In the case of a sole proprietorship, your surname must be part of the business name. You can also choose a marketing name for your business. Read more about choosing names (domains, business names and trademarks).

Foretaksnavneloven om krav til foretaksnavn (in Norwegian only)

Registering a sole proprietorship

  1. Register a sole proprietorship by completing the form entitled 'Coordinated register notification' in Altinn.
  2. If you have an agreement with an accountant, this agreement must be confirmed through the accountant signing electronically. If you have an auditor, this must be confirmed by uploading a letter of undertaking, and the auditor must sign electronically.
  3. Send the notification for signing and sign the notification.

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

  1. Register a sole proprietorship by completing and signing the paper forms:
  2. Application for allocation of D number
  3. Forenklet blankett for registrering av enkeltpersonforetak

  4. Send the forms to the postal address stated on the form. Enclose a certified copy of valid identification.

You will be notified when a D number has been allocated and the registration process is complete.

How much does it cost?

It is free to register a sole proprietorship in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities. When an enterprise is registered, it will be allocated an organisation number. Sole proprietorships that intend to sell goods or have more than five employees must also be registered in the Register of Business Enterprises. This costs NOK 2,250 in the case of electronic registration in Altinn, or NOK 2,832 in the case of registration using a paper form.

Fees for registration

How long does it take?

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

Oppdatert oversikt over saksbehandlingstidene (in Norwegian only)

Sjekk status på din sak (in Norwegian only)


Running a sole proprietorship

You can read more about running a sole proprietorship here.

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