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Open a Catering Company in Austria

Updated on Wednesday 12th December 2018

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Open-a-catering-company-in-AustriaForeign entrepreneurs who want to open companies in the food industry in Austria have several choices. Among these, they can open restaurants and catering establishments, with the mention that they will require a lower amount of money for setting up a catering business.

Even if it cheaper to open an Austrian catering company, the business will need to obtain the same licenses as a restaurant. Our company formation agents in Austria can explain the requirements related to starting a catering business in this country.

Registering a catering business with the Austrian authorities

Foreign investors will benefit from the same requirements as local ones if they want to establish a catering company. The company must first be registered with the Trade Registry in Austria. Then, the licensing requirements must be respected. Also, the company will be subject to authorization and registration with several authorities.

The following aspects related to the licensing of the Austrian catering company must be considered:

  • -          the trading license issued by the Companies Register is required when applying for the food license;
  • -          the company must undergo an inspection from the city hall’s office where the activities are completed;
  • -          other inspections could be required based on the products prepared and sold by the catering unit;
  • -          the same hygiene regulations must be respected by all types of catering companies, no matter if they are home-based or not.

Our company registration consultants in Austria can help with the incorporation of the catering business.

Documents required when opening a catering business in Austria

When opening a catering company in Austria, the city hall issuing the licenses for the business will require the following list of documents from the applicant:

  1.        complete information about all the employees – their qualifications and role in the company;
  2.        information about the equipment used on the premises of the catering company;
  3.        documents indicating the company has obtained all the necessary licenses for operating;
  4.        in the case of foreign business owners, their passports are also necessary.

For assistance in opening a catering business in Austria, please feel free to contact our local consultants.

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Call us now at (+43) 720 3037351 to set up an appointment with our company formation specialist in Austria - Dietmar Erwin Ruttensteiner. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to Austria.

As a Ruttensteiner Business Consulting client, you will benefit from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in Austria.

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The team from is very qualified and benefits from extensive expertise in this area. I would definitely recommend them to any entrepreneur decided to start his own business here.

Mihai Cuc, Partner of
Enescu&Cuc; Law Firm

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