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CBE registration and accredited business counters

Registering your company with the Crossroads Bank for Enterprises (CBE) is a crucial step in launching your business in Brussels. There are eight approved enterprise counters ready that can assist you with this process and help you obtain your business number.

How to register ?

  1. Choose an approved business counter from the list below.
  2. Prepare the documents you need to prove your company exists legally.
  3. The enterprise counter will guide you through the registration process and provide you with your business number.

Contact information off the accredited business counters

Contact info  

Buro & Design Center, Esplanade du Heysel, BP 65 - 1020 Bruxelles

XERIUS GUICHET D'ENTREPRISES ASBL Rue Vésale 31 - 1000 Bruxelles - Guichet d'entreprise en ligne
EUNOMIA ASBL Rue Colonel Bourg, 113 - 1140 Bruxelles
Siège adm.: Oudenaardsesteenweg 7 - 9000 Gent
FORMALIS ASBL Rue du Lombard, 34-42 - 1000 Bruxelles
SECUREX GUICHET D'ENTREPRISES Avenue de Tervuren, 43 - 1040 Bruxelles
PARTENA GUICHET D'ENTREPRISES ASBL Rue Ravenstein 36 - 1000 Bruxelles - Guichet d'entreprise en ligne
LIANTIS GUICHET D'ENTREPRISES ASBL Quai de Willebroeck, 37 - 1000 Bruxelles
U.C.M. GUICHET D'ENTREPRISES ASBL Rue Colonel Bourg, 123-125 - 1140 Bruxelles
Avenue Louise, 209 A - 1050 Bruxelles

The website of the Federal Public Service Economy provides more information on the accredited business counters. Each accredited business counter has several offices throughout the country:

Right to registration in the CBE

The registration fee is EUR 101 per establishment unit for:

  • the registration of an establishment subject to registration
  • the registration of an additional establishment
  • the amendment or deletion


If an enterprise counter refuses a registration (modification) application on the grounds that professional skills have not been demonstrated, the company can appeal against the decision to the Conseil d'Etablissement (Council of Establishments). This must be done within 30 days of notification of the refusal decision by the counter.

The appeal is signed by the applicant and sent by registered mail to the following address:

Brussels Economy and Employment - Service Economie, Conseil d'Etablissement - Place Saint-Lazare 2 - 1035 Bruxelles

The Conseil d'Etablissement is an administrative court composed as follows:

  • the chairman (a magistrate or a lawyer);
  • two assessors representing the Minister of Economy;
  • one assessor representing the middle classes

The clerk summons the parties at least eight days before the hearing. The files may be consulted by the persons lodging an appeal or their representatives from the time of the summons to the hearing. The Conseil d'Etablissement can take all measures to inform itself, including questioning witnesses. The Conseil d'Etablissement deliberates in camera, decides by majority vote and announces its decision within 60 days of the appeal being lodged.

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