Starting and registering an association

When you start an association, you must choose a name, draw up articles of association and found the association. The association can then be registered.


Conditions for starting an association:

  • Associations must have at least two founders.
  • Both natural persons and entities (e.g. private limited companies or other associations) can be founders. 

Founding and registering an association

In order to register an association, you must fill in the form entitled 'Coordinated register notification'. The form is submitted online in Altinn.

Alternatively, you can use the paper form:

The Brønnøysund Register Centre – simplified registration form for associations (in Norwegian only)


An association is normally founded by producing a Memorandum of Association. If the association wish to have an organisation number it must be registered in the Register of Legal Entities.

The Brønnøysund Register Centre on founding and registering an association (in Norwegian only)

The Brønnøysund Register Centre – guide to simplified registration form for associations (in Norwegian only)

 

When your association has been registered electronically, you will be notified via your 'Inbox' in Altinn.

Naming an association

There are no specific requirements regarding the names of associations. You can check if the intended name is available by doing a search on the website Namesearch.

Namesearch

Register of Norwegian NGOs, grassroots share and VAT reimbursement

Associations that carry on voluntary activity can also opt to register in the Register of Norwegian NGOs (Frivillighetsregisteret). Voluntary organisations registered in the Register of Norwegian NGOs can participate in the grassroots share or apply for VAT reimbursement from the VAT reimbursement scheme. The grassroots share is a scheme whereby anyone who plays one of Norsk Tipping's games can request that a share of their stake be donated to a particular voluntary organisation. It is a condition that the organisation carries on voluntary activity at local level. The VAT reimbursement scheme is a subsidy scheme where voluntary organisations, both local and central, can apply for reimbursement for VAT which they have paid on purchases of goods and services. Registration in the Register of Norwegian NGOs can be done either at the same time as the foundation is registered or at a later date.

Paper version of the form for registering an association in the Register of Non-Profit Organisations (in Norwegian only)

The Brønnøysund Register Centre – guide to simplified registration form for associations (in Norwegian only)

Merverdiavgift for veldedige og allmennyttige organisasjoner (in Norwegian only)

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 in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities and the Register of Norwegian NGOs is free. Upon registration in the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities, the association will be assigned an organisation number. Associations that carry on commercial activity must be registered in the Register of Business Enterprises. Registering in the Register of Business Enterprises costs NOK 2,250.

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