Procedures Guide

The Procedures guide allows entrepreneurs and decision-makers to have a reliable, precise and up to date overview of legal procedures and measures concerning commercial formalities to be undertaken. It is broken down into 6 sections in which you can find information and documentation required for formalities with Registry Offices at the Commercial Courts.

Suspension of activities without the extinction of the legal entity

The completed application allowing for the modifying formality at the Register of Trade and Companies (RCS) linked to the total or partial transfer of activity within the jurisdiction of the main registration, even in the absence of dissolution of the legal entity, must be filed in the month following this event (Articles R. R. 123-66 and R. 123-69 of the Commercial Code) either:
  • at the competent Commercial Formality Centre (CFE); or
  • directly at the registry office of the Commercial courtin application of Article R. 123-5 of the Commercial Code (procedure known as "Article 3" of Decree No. 96-650 of 19 July 1996).

The legal entity must not have a secondary establishment (if applicable, he or she must close the secondary establishment).



Cheques must be made payable to the relevant GREFFE DU TRIBUNAL DE COMMERCE, and attached to the application.

Cost breakdown of the required amount for a legal entity

Registry office fees








Fees of the registry office: postage fees of extracts included. INPI: National institute of industrial property (paid by the registry office). BODACC: Bulletin Officiel des Annonces Civiles et Commerciales (Official Journal of Civil and Commercial Announcements) (paid by the registry office).