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How do I post a legal ad?

Verified 25 November 2022 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of Justice

The publication of a legal advertisement is mandatory to inform the public about the major stages of a business' life: the creation, modification or cessation of activity. It must be inserted in a medium authorised to receive legal announcements (SHAL): it is either a JAL or an online press service (SPEL).

All businesss (SARL, SA, SAS, etc.) must insert in a legal advertisement (Shal: titleContent) at the time of their creation and when they cease their activity.

They must also publish a legal advertisement if there is a change in the business: this is the case when change of leader, a change of social purpose, a transfer of head office, a capital increase, etc.

On the other hand, craftsmen and traders who work under individual business status (ISIS: titleContent, EIRL: titleContent, micro-entrepreneur) and GIE: titleContent are not affected by this obligation.

You must apply to a legal ad log (JAL) or online press service (SPEL) authorised in department where the head office of the business is located.

You can find the list of media authorised to receive legal announcements (SHALs) using an interactive map:

Search for media authorised to publish legal ads by department

Your release request should include the following information:

  • Social name of business
  • Business symbol
  • Business shape
  • Amount of share capital
  • Address of head office
  • Social object
  • Duration of business
  • Name of the manager(s)
  • Indication of the register to which the business will be registered


Advertisements published in the online media (SPEL) remain displayed for at least 7 days from their publication on the homepage of the site.

After the legal announcement has been issued, Shal: titleContent provide the business with a certificate of publication.

All advertisements published in the authorised media (SHAL) are searchable in a central digital database: company Legal Advertising Portal (PPLE).

There are 2 types of legal ad pricing:

  • or to the fixed amount for the announcement of incorporation, dissolution and winding-up
  • or depending on the number of characters in other cases
Package Rate

The rate for a legal advertisement is set at package (i.e. a fixed amount) in the following cases:

  • Business Constitution
  • Act appointing liquidators and notice closing the liquidation of civil and commercial businesses in the framework of a dissolve
  • Judgement opening or closing a collective procedure (safeguarding, reorganisation and liquidation)

The fare depends on the legal form of the business. It is also different in La Réunion and Mayotte.

Flat rates excluding taxes for a legal business listing

Business Status


Reunion and Mayotte

Single-User Streamlined Share business (UAS)



Simplified Share business (SAS)



Limited Liability Single company (EURL)



Limited business (LLC)



Real Estate business (ICS)



Civil business (liberal SEL, agricultural EARL, etc.)



Anonymous business



Collective business (CNS)



For Common Sponsorship (SCS) and Share Sponsorship (SCA) businesses, the business is not a flat rate.

Statutory Toll-Free Rates



Reunion and Mayotte

Act appointing the liquidator amicable



Mutual settlement closing



Judgement opening a collective proceeding



Closing judgement of a collective proceeding



Character Rate

When a fixed price is not provided, the price of the legal advertisement depends on its length.

This is the case, for example, when a change of registered office, an increase or a reduction in capital, a change in the purpose of the company, etc.

The price is then set based on the number of characters in the ad. Multiply the total number of characters in the ad, including spaces, by the character rate.

Character rates vary depending on the department where the business headquarters is located.

Duty-free rates for the character of a legal advertisement



Paris, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis and Val-de-Marne


Nord, Pas-de-Calais, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Essonne and Val-d'Oise


Reunion and Mayotte


Eure and Seine-Maritime


Aisne, Ardèche, Ardennes, Drôme, Isère, Oise, Rhône, Somme, Yonne




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