Notification to the Register of Foreign Service Providers

Foreign companies working in Denmark must comply with Danish regulations on occupational health and safety and taxation, among others. In order for Danish authorities to supervise and inspect them, they must notify the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT).

If your business is going to perform work temporarily Denmark, you must notify the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT) about your company and its services. This also applies to self-employed contractors without employees and businesses that have no actual activities in their home country.

How do you notify the Register of Foreign Service Providers?

You must notify the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT) electronically about your company and services. There is no paper form available. You do not need a digital ID or digital signature. Notification can be done in English, German, Polish or Danish.

Notify the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT) 

When you have notified the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT) you will be issued a receipt containing your RUT number. You will need to use this when you contact the Danish authorities.

Documentation of notification for assignor

If you perform work in building and construction, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, gardening or cleaning you must provide documentation for your assignor that you have notified the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT). The receipt you received following notification is sufficient as documentation.
The assignor is the person or company with whom you have contracted to perform a work assignment.

What should RUT notification contain?

When you notify the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT), you must provide the following information:

Companies with employees:

  • Company name, business address and contact information
  • Date of commencement and completion of the work assignment
  • Location where the work is performed
  • Contact person for the company
  • The company's industry code
  • The identity of posted workers and the duration of posting
  • Any VAT registration in home country
  • Social security circumstances in the home country of the employees
  • The service provider's Danish assignor, unless the assignor is a private person.

The assignor is the person or company with whom you have contracted to perform a work assignment.

Self-employed without employees:

  • Company name, business address and contact information
  • Date of commencement and completion of the work assignment
  • Location where the work is performed
  • The company's industry code

When do you need to provide notification?

You must have notified the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT) before work in Denmark begins. If changes occur that affect the information provided in your notification you must notify the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT) of the changes no later than one business day following.

Before you can submit notification of temporary work assignments you need to create a user account in the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT). When this account has been set up you can re-use it each time you need to report new assignments or change previous notifications.

Late or inaccurate or insufficient notification may be sanctioned with a fine.

Why do you need to provide notification?

The purpose of the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT) is to give authorities a better opportunity to ensure that foreign companies working in Denmark comply with Danish regulations on occupational health and safety and taxation. Foreign companies working in Denmark must comply with the same regulations as Danish companies.

You will be fined 10,000 DKK if you fail to notify the Register of Foreign Service Providers (RUT) and the WEA (Arbejdstilsynet) carry out an inspection of your workplace.

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