Belgian Retail Newsletter: The Legislation On Commercial Establishments Or So-Called “Socio-Economic Permit” Legislation: From Federal To Regional (Part I)

A prudent retailer seeking to open a point of sale in Belgium should check compliance with the legislation on commercial establishments1 which may require a declaration and/or a permit prior to the effective opening date.

During various decades, the competence regarding commercial establishments was a competence of the Belgian federal state. Between 1975 and 2004 the Federal Act of 29 June 1975 on commercial establishments applied (the “1975 Act”). As of 1 March 2005, the 1975 Act was replaced by the Federal Act of 13 August 2004 on commercial establishments (as amended), hereafter referred to as the Federal 2004 Act.

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