Registration in the CBE

Registered entities

The following registered entities (here further entities) must register in the CBE:

  • legal persons under Belgian law;
  • establishment units, organisations and services under Belgian law that carry out activities for the public benefit or associated with public order and that have financial and accounting autonomy which is separate from the legal person under Belgian law on which they depend;
  • legal persons under foreign or international law that have offices in Belgium or that have an obligation to register according to Belgian legislation;
  • every natural person who, as an independent entity, habitually, primarily or as a supplement performs an economic* and professional activity in Belgium;
  • every natural person who, as an independent entity, in implementation of an obligation under Belgian legislation other than that envisaged by the legislation on the CBE, has an obligation to register in Belgium;
  • associations without legal personality that in implementation of an obligation under Belgian legislation other than that envisaged by the legislation on the CBE, have an obligation to register;
  • the establishment units of above-mentioned entities.

* perform an economic activity: each entity subject to the social security and/or value added tax regime in Belgium

The type of entity determines where you should register. Here is a summary:

  • entities listed in the Companies Code (nv, bvba, etc.), international associations and foundations: registries of the competent company court and a recognised one-stop-shop;
  • NPOs: registries of the competent company court;
  • registered entities natural person with the characteristic "enterprise subject to registration": recognised one-stop-shop;
  • establishment units of entities with the characteristics "enterprise subject to registration": recognised one-stop-shop;
  • establishment units of NPOs: via My Enterprise or the Social Security Office (RSZ) (the RSZ registers the business unit if it employs personnel);
  • Dutch educational establishments and activities: RSZ;
  • other entities: contact the CBE Help Desk.

Company registration number

Upon registration in the CBE an entity receives a company registration number. Use of this number is required by law.

The company registration number is a unique identification number attached to one single registered entity, natural person or legal person. It consists of 10 digits, starting with 0 or 1. Company registration numbers are not transferable from one entity to another.

For exceptions to this rule please consult the Royal Decree of 24 June 2003 laying down the allocation rules, the composition and the transfer methods of the company registration number and the business unit registration number in the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises.

Establishment Units

Each entity that has an obligation to register in the CBE must also register its establishment units.

An establishment unit is any place that is geographically identifiable by an address and which carries out at least one activity of the entity or from where the company activity is carried out.

Examples include:

  • workplaces,
  • shops,
  • sales outlets,
  • offices,
  • directorates,
  • headquarters,
  • agencies, and
  • branches.

Establishment unit registration number

Each establishment unit is allocated a unique number, which differs from the company registration number.

The business unit registration number consists of 10 digits. The first digit is a digit from 2 to 8. This number is transferable from one entity to another, for instance in the event of a merger or takeover.

Last update
21 November 2018