Trade Register's Advisory Service

Our advisory service provides advice in matters relating to notifications and applications to be filed with the Trade Register. We also give advice about the legal effects and other effects of registration.

The Trade Register website

Our goal is to provide information on the notification procedure to businesses on our website.

Please see the detailed instructions on how to file notifications, by company type, in the menu.

Please feel free to give feedback on these instructions if, for example, any of the instructions is incomplete or if some important instruction that you need is missing. Give feedback.

How can our advisory service help you?

The scope of advice given by our customer service staff either at our office or by telephone or e-mail is laid down in the Administrative Procedure Act. Thus, only the following types of questions concerning the filing of notifications to the Trade Register can be answered:

- How does my notification become pending?

- Which form shall I use?

- Which enclosures or documents must accompany my notification?

- How much is the handling fee?

- Information on how the notification is processed and on the steps of procedure.

- What is the current status of my notification, who is in charge of the processing and how long is it estimated to take?

- Matters relating to the significance of the register and the judicial implications of registration.

The Trade Register’s advisory service pays special attention to the equality and impartial treatment of its customers. The following guidelines are therefore to be observed:

It is not the duty of the advisory staff at the Trade Register to fill in forms or draw up documents for their customers. Neither do they carry out preliminary checks of any forms or their attachments. Furthermore, the advisory staff cannot anticipate whether a specific notification or application is actually going to pass. The processing of notifications always takes place in the handling process after the notification has been appropriately filed. Thus, for example the registrability of a company name is decided on in the handling process once the company name has become pending.

The advisory service under the Administrative Procedure Act is applicable on notifications filed with the Trade Register only. The Trade Register staff cannot give official advice in questions on company law, taxation and other matters of juridical nature.

If you need help in other matters concerning the starting up of a business, such as obtaining a business license, filing a business notification or analyzing the viability of a business idea, you may find it for example at the website. Go to the website.

Read more about other service providers offering help for starting a business.

Customer Service

Our customer service personnel give personal advice. Also printed information material is available. Read more about our customer service.

Telephone and e-mail advice

Our advisory and information service on +358 29 509 5900 (open Monday to Friday 9.00–16.15) answers questions relating to notifications, advises on where to find information and provides information services.

Our advisory e-mail:

One single form – two authorities

The Business Information System (BIS) makes it possible, by using one single notification, to submit the details of a business to the registers of both the Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) and the Finnish Tax Administration. The advisory service at the Trade Register, however, only gives advice concerning the details to be submitted to the Trade Register. In matters concerning details that are to be submitted to the taxation authority, please contact their advisory service. Their contact information can be found at the Tax Administration website. Go the Tax Administration website.

There are two types of forms to be filled in: the joint forms of the PRH and the Tax Administration, and the appendix forms of the Trade Register. Instructions for the forms are available on the BIS website. Go to the BIS website. There are instructions also on the Trade Register's web pages on this site.

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Latest update 05.08.2021