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How should a craftsman make a declaration of activity?

Verified 01 January 2023 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Removal of rooms from trades and crafts as CFE

Published on 1 January 2023

From 1to January 2023, you can no longer do company at the Crafts and Crafts Chamber (CMA). You must report your activity only on internet to company formalities window. Your company will be registered on RNE: titleContent, the business directory no longer exists. If you are a trader, it will also be registered in the RCS: titleContent.

That's what it says order no. 2021-1189 of 15 september 2021.

In order to obtain the quality of craftsman, you must meet certain conditions. If your profession is regulated, you must provide proof (diploma, qualification) of your skills in the trade you wish to practise. You can carry out your craft activity either in the form of individual business (individual contractor or micro-entrepreneur), or as a business (SARL: titleContent, SAS: titleContent, SA: titleContent...).

For a Frenchman

You can obtain the quality of craftsman if you are practising a craft or craft work.

You must be able to justify your competence in this occupation by diploma, certification, training orexperience ::

You must not have been sentenced to management ban (registration FNIG: titleContent).

Please note

Your spouse or Civil partnership partner automatically gets the status of employed spouse if he or she is regularly active in your company.

For a national of a European Economic Area country

If you are from a country of the European Economic Area (EEA), you must meet one of the following 2 conditions:

  • Have a diploma, certificate or a certificate preparing for the exercise of a craft trade
  • To have practised this occupation during 3 years minimum as self-employed

Please note

Any diploma or written certificate in a foreign language must be accompanied by a translation into French certified as true to the original by a translator sworn.

For a foreigner from another country

If you wish to work in France for more than 3 months, you must have a temporary residence card (employee).

This card must allow you to have a business activity.

It replaces the identity card of trader or foreigner craftsman.


If you wish to carry out your activity as a micro-entrepreneur, you must declaration of micro-entrepreneur and know specificities of micro-fiscal and micro-social taxation systems.


Registration at RNE: titleContent is required to practise a craft trade as a self-employed person.

This obligation applies irrespective of the legal form of your company (individual entrepreneur or business).

You can view the list of craft trades and list of craft trades.

Registration Formalities

You must register as soon as possible 1 month before the start of the activity or at the latest within 15 days the start of the activity.

The approach free.


From 1to January 2023, it is no longer possible to make your paperwork in a company Formalities Centre (CFE). You have to make them on the website of company formalities window.

Company formalities window

You must create a personal account. Then you must click on the column “ Company ” and then click on "Drop a company formality". One interactive online form of 8 pages is proposed to you; you have to fill it step by step. A manual is available on this Single Window website.

You need to scan and then upload them to the site supporting documents following:

The companies Formalities Office will send you a acknowledgement of your file. If a document is missing, you will be informed and will have a 15 days renewable 1 times to transmit missing voucher.

The companies formalities office keeps your data (the information in your return and the supporting documents provided) for a maximum of 3 years.


The Business Directory has been replaced since 1to January 2023 by the National companies Register (NER). The D1 excerpt that proved your business registration no longer exists. You can registration certificate RNE: titleContent on the Inpi site.

Find a company registration voucher

Please note

If you wish to declare yourself a craftsman under the micro company (or self-company), you need to know both the specificities of the declaration of micro-entrepreneur and micro-tax and micro-social tax systems.

If you are planning to work as a craftsman with trips (e.g. on fairgrounds), specific conditions apply depending on the type of your mobile activity.

Who can help you?

As a craftsman, your interlocutor is the chamber of crafts and crafts in your area. The CMA: titleContent are here for you accompany and you advisor in your steps.

You can call or contact by email ::

Change of situation

You must declare all change of situation within1 month on the website of Single window of company formalities.

Company formalities window

Once you have registered, you will receive your company identification numbers.

You receive a Siren number. This is the unique identification number of your company aslegal unit. You must mention this in all your steps (quote, invoices, request for D1 extract, etc.).

The number Siret isgeographical identifier of each of the establishments in your company. You will be asked to do this very often.

The APE code is the identifier of your activity. For example, the APE code for a hairdresser is 96.02 A.

Installation Preparation Training (SPI) is now optional. You can do this if you wish, at your request CMA: titleContent.

You must first register your company.

It is organised by CMA: titleContent which you depend on.

The course lasts about 30 hours over 4 or 5 days. You receive a certificate at the end of the internship.

Topics covered include:

  • Handicraft company and its environment
  • Business management (market studies, invoicing)
  • Legal structure (Head of company responsibility, legal statutes)
  • Tax regime (VAT, tax regime)
  • Social status (status of the self-employed worker - SNT, employed spouse, social protection)
  • Company management (financial studies, income statement)

The cost of the internship is about €194.

You can also ask your CMA: titleContent financial assistance. Some CMAs organise the training course remotely, online.

You must pay the tax CMA: titleContent if you are an artisan registered on the national company directory. You pay for it if you are the head of your company or the leader of your craft business.

The CMA tax consists of a fixed tax and an additional tax.

You pay the additional tax only if you already pay the company Property Assessment (CFE).

The calculating this CMA tax evolves every year.

In case temporary cessation of activities, your registration may be maintained for a period of 1 year maximum.

To do so, you must report this temporary cessation to the company formalities window.

Company formalities window

In the case of parental leave, this period shall be renewable for 3 years.

Company formalities window

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