Horeca - operating licence (certificate of conformity)

Any catering establishment located within the City of Brussels, whether in a public or private place, must obtain an official certificate of conformity, without prejudice to obtaining, if necessary, a town planning permit and/or an environmental permit.

No one may operate a hotel or catering establishment without first obtaining the required certificate of conformity.

This certificate of conformity must be requested in the following cases:

  • opening of a new hotel or catering establishment (with its own establishment number)
  • relocation of an existing hotel or catering establishment
  • takeover of a hotel or catering establishment

The hotel or catering establishment must be operated within the City of Brussels

The following are excluded from the scope of this regulation:

  • occasional tastings
  • street trading
  • tourist accommodation where any catering is reserved solely for customers staying at the establishment


By appointment, at the counter of the Administrative Centre of the City of Brussels, to be made:

  • online
  • by calling 02 279 22 60

Find out more:

By e-mail: horeca@brucity.be

150 euros

The application must be submitted 20 calendar days before the opening of the establishment.

Horeca regulation (PDF, 305.84 KB)