For some service activities, a licence or the prior notice to the competent authority (the "certified notification of commencement of business” or “SCIA”) is required. If a new company is being formed, the SCIA can be transmitted together with the ComUnica declaration, so that the constitution of the company and the beginning of economic activity take place simultaneously. In fact, business activities can begin immediately after the submission of the SCIA.
Administrative procedures are handled online by the One-stop Licenses and Permits office (or “SUAP” office) in the municipality where you plan to start the business. The contacts and the Internet site of the competent authority, together with the relevant application forms, can be found on this site at the page Local authorities for licences and permits
Moreover, the ATECO service offers businesses and services providers an overview of the administrative procedures required to set up and exercise their activity in Italy. At the moment, the ATECO service is available only in italian.
A business which is lawfully established in a Member State of the European Union can provide its services in other EU Member States on a temporary or occasional basis with no restriction other than the requirements set in the country of establishment; in particular, for cross-border provision of services there is no obligation to register a branch office in other Member States.
Additional obligations are foreseen in case of services which require a professional qualification.
Last updated: 13/12/2019