Start-up notification of a private trader

A natural person resident in the European Economic Area can operate as a private trader in business in Finland. As a private trader, you must report for registration at the Trade Register if

  • you operate in a licensed trade,
  • you operate in permanent premises, such as a room separate from your home, or
  • you employ people other than your immediate family members (your spouse, or your child/grandchild who is a minor or under guardianship).

If you are operating in agriculture or fishing, you do not have to register at the Trade Register. As a private trader you may however file a start-up notification, as registration is the best way to protect the name of your business.

For more information about businesses that are either licensed or require a particular notification to be submitted to the register, go to the EnterpriseFinland web portal.

The Trade Register has a joint notification system with the Finnish Tax Administration, enabling you to submit information to both authorities by using one single notification form.

Read the instructions below before submitting your notification.

Notification to the Trade Register

  • Form Y3
  • Personal data form. The Trade Register has introduced a new notification procedure. You no longer have to submit the home address of those living in Finland. Use a specific personal data form for submitting identification data of natural persons. Do not fill in personal identity codes or home addresses on any other notification forms. Read more
  • Fill in the form in Finnish or in Swedish.
  • Read more about permits to persons from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • If you already have a Business ID, which means that your business is already recorded in a register maintained by the Tax Administration, you must fill in and file the notification form Y6 with the Trade Register.
  • The form must be signed by the private trader or someone authorised by him or her. If an authorised person signs the notification, either the original general power of attorney or a certified copy of a special power of attorney must be enclosed.

Handling fee

Useful tips

Personal identity codes and home addresses

The Trade Register has introduced a new notification procedure. You no longer have to submit the home address of those living in Finland. Use a specific personal data form for submitting identification data of natural persons. Do not fill in personal identity codes or home addresses on any other notification forms. And do not attach any documents to your notification (such as minutes or partnership agreements) containing personal identity codes or addresses of natural persons. Read more

Business ID ("Y-tunnus")

A new business is given an ID once its start-up notification has been registered in the Business Information System (BIS). The authorities issuing Business IDs are Finnish Patent and Registration Office (PRH) and local tax offices.

An issued Business ID is available on the Business Information System (BIS) website (search by your suggested business name) within two to three working days after you filed/posted your notification.

Business licence

In order to operate in a licensed business, you need a licence, the granting of which must be reported to the Trade Register. If you already have a licence when filing your start-up notification, please enclose a certified copy of it; if a licence has not yet been granted, you must use the notification form Y6 to notify us when you get it.

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Latest update 04.08.2017