If you want to set up a business on Bonaire, you are obliged to register your company in the Commercial Register. If you fail to register your company in the register, your company will be illegal, which is something you want to avoid, of course. If you would like to know more about the Commercial Register, click HERE (Dutch).
It is not difficult to register your company in the Commercial Register, but it does require a little of your time and attention. You must comply with a number of legal requirements before you can be successfully listed in the register. We have drawn up special Chamber Forms for registering; you can fill in your details for the registration/changes and then submit the form to us. The Chamber Forms are available free of charge at the Chamber of Commerce or can be downloaded HERE.
If you have set up a LEGAL ENTITY through the agency of a civil-law notary, there is, initially, not much for you to do, because the civil-law notary is legally responsible for registering your new legal entity in the Commercial Register. Nonetheless, you, as the business owner, must make sure that the questions are answered and recorded correctly. So, make sure that you fill in the forms together with the civil-law notary.
If you have not set up a legal entity (but you have set up business as a sole trader or general partnership (VOF), etc.), you need to register that business yourself.