The authoritative and up-to-date source for Italian market regulations is the Italian government. This guidance links to official Italian sources wherever possible.
Italian trade and services regulations
If you’re a UK business offering services in Italy, you’ll need to follow Italian regulations about:
- getting authorisations or licences to provide a service
- complying with specific local business regulations
- EEA nationality requirements which could prevent you from providing services in some sectors
The Italian e-government portal for service providers can help you to:
- find out about providing services in Italy
- understand local regulations
- complete any relevant administrative procedures online
Consider appointing an English-speaking lawyer in Italy to help you comply with specific regulations.
To find out if EEA nationality requirements apply to you, contact the appropriate competent authority.
If you have complaints or queries about anti-competitive practices contact the Italian Competition Authority.
There are also non-governmental organisations that provide advice to UK businesses operating in Italy, for example the British Chamber of Commerce for Italy.
These organisations are not associated with the UK government, and their views are not representative of any government policies.
VAT on sales of digital services
Businesses can use the UK’s VAT Mini One Stop Shop (MOSS) to declare sales of digital services to Italian consumers made before Brexit. If you wish to continue to use MOSS after the UK leaves the EU, you will need to register for MOSS in an EU member state. Find out more about paying VAT on sales of digital services.
Ownership of companies registered in Italy
If you have a UK business, you might face restrictions on your ability to own, manage or direct a company registered in an EEA country or Switzerland.
Read more about this in our guidance relating to the EEA and Switzerland.
Setting up a business
You can find out how to set up a business in Italy on these websites:
Ownership of legal firms in Italy
UK legal professionals who have investments in law firms in Italy should contact the Italian National Bar Association (website in Italian) for further information on the implications for your investment.
Business travel and entry requirements
See the latest information on business travel to the EU after Brexit.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Interior (website in Italian) have more information about:
- visas including intra-corporate transfers
- work and residence permits
- supporting documentation
- other conditions
Social security payments for employees
If you’re sending employees to Italy, they may need to make social security contributions in both the UK and in Italy. Find out when you will need to pay social security contributions in the UK, EU and EEA countries and Switzerland.
Recognition of professional qualifications
Find out if you need to take action by reading our general guidance relating to the EEA and Switzerland.
If you need to take action to secure the recognition of your professional qualification in Italy, these sources can help you:
UK statutory auditors working in Italy
For UK statutory auditors, the Commissione Nazionale per le Societa e la Borsa Italiana (website in Italian) should be able to provide further information.
UK lawyers working in Italy
If you’re a UK-qualified lawyer working in Italy, either using either an Italian or UK professional title, you should contact the local Bar association in the region in which you are working or the Italian National Bar Association website (website in Italian) for specific advice.
Data transfer and GDPR
You may need to take action. Find out if you need to take action by reading our guidance relating to the EEA and Switzerland.
You may need to deal with the Italian lead data protection authority.
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