Of course, you may want to discontinue your business at some point. Perhaps you want to stop permanently or just close your company for a short period. If that is the case, you must notify the Commercial Register within 7 days. The law prescribes several procedures that specifically instruct what you, the owner/director of a company, must do and what you need to submit to register the discontinuation.
Winding up your business or making your business “dormant”
By law, there are two kinds of de-registration: a permanent one (also called dissolution or winding-up) and a temporary one (also called discontinuation; in practice, it is often called a “dormant company”). Those two kinds of de-registration do not apply to all legal forms. For instance, you can only discontinue as a sole trader, you can only dissolve/wind up a foundation, but you can discontinue and dissolve a private limited company. So, it is always a good idea to find out exactly which procedure is suitable in your case. There is always more information available from the Chamber of Commerce. A member of our staff will sit with you, run through the forms with you and answer your questions.
More information about the specific procedures is available HERE (in Dutch).