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Licences and Registration

Certain types of business will require that you obtain registration and/or a licence.

If you are starting a new business you should get professional legal advice on the licences and regulations that you will require, or alternatively check with one of the support agencies. Among the businesses that require licensing are: -

  • Bus Services;
  • Credit Provision;
  • Driving Instructors;
  • Employment Agencies;
  • Food Producers;
  • Public Houses and Off-Licences.

EU Directives

Doing business in Europe (including Ireland) means abiding by European Standards. If your business idea involves the production of any of the following, and many more besides, then an EU Directive will provide the standard that you must comply with: -

  • Household Appliances that Emit Airborne Noise;
  • Construction Industry Products;
  • Gas Appliances;
  • Hot Water Bottles;
  • Low Voltage Appliances;
  • Marine Equipment;
  • Medical Devices;
  • Motor Vehicles and Trailers;
  • Personal Protective Equipment;
  • Safety of Machinery;
  • Safety of Toys;
  • Weighing Instruments.

Compliance with these Directives is shown by the familiar CE symbol, and is subject to assessment by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). Further information on compliance can be obtained from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment. 23 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

LoCall: 1890 220222

Food Products

Simple, good food safety and hygiene practices are an essential component of any food business in order to protect the consumersí health. There are three basic steps that you must take to set up a food business successfully: -

  • Understand the Relevant Legislation;
  • Register your business with the local office of the Health Service Executive (HSE);
  • Obtain a copy of the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) guidelines.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland will provide you with all of the information that you require: Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Abbey Court, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.

Tel: 1890 336677