Dance school - Establishment of a dance school


General information

The commercial provision of dance lessons must be registered with the competent authority.

Both sole traders and legal persons (corporations, associations, etc.) and partnerships may be owners of a dance school.

If the licence holder is not a natural person or does not have the necessary qualifications, a Managing Director must be appointed.



  • Residence permit: legal residence in Austria on the basis of self-employment
  • Legal capacity: must be at least 18 years old
  • Reliability: no criminal conviction over 3 months or a fine exceeding 180 daily rates, no serious violations that rule out reliability as a dance teacher
  • no dismissal or termination of insolvency proceedings due to insufficient assets to cover costs
  • Professional competence: at least 3 years' experience working in a dance school and completed dance teacher training and examinations as well as the entrepreneur examination, or their equivalents




The registration must be submitted in writing.


If the party submitting the registration does not have the requisite professional competence, a Managing Director must be appointed. If the conditions for provision of dance lessons are not met, the administrative authority must issue a decision prohibiting this within 4 months of receiving the completed registration.



Evidence of the personal and material qualification requirements, in particular:

  • Proof of residence permit authorising the holder to work in a self-employed capacity in Austria (proof of EEA nationality or proof of nationality of a third country which, under European Union law or on the basis of a State treaty, guarantees the holder the same rights of access to employment as nationals, legal residence in Austria on a self-employment basis) in the form of a passport, proof of nationality, residence permit, etc.
  • Criminal record certificate (not more than 3 months old)
  • Proof of professional competence (e.g. certificate of completed dance teacher training and examinations and an entrepreneur examination certificate or proof of exemption from the entrepreneur examination)
  • Proof of at least 3 years' professional experience




Registration is free of charge





The authorities are obliged to issue the decision whithin six months after the application has been received. If the authority fails to decide within the specified deadline, you have the option of a " Säumnisbeschwerde" . This Säumnisbeschwerde" must include the name of the authority whose decision is pending. Additionally, the letter must state the request and provide evidence that the decision deadline of the authority has expired.




Data Protection

I have noted that the data provided by me, as well as any data received by the administration over the course of the preliminary investigation, will be automatically processed as per article 6, para. 1 lit. c and e of the General Data Protection Regulation in accordance with the underlying material laws of the legal process. Furthermore, I am aware that this is for the purpose of executing the legal procedure initiated by me, the granting of regulatory approval and also for the purpose of review. I have read the general information regarding: 

  • the right to access, rectification, erasure, restriction of processing, withdrawal and objection, as well as on data portability
  • the right to lodge a complaint with the Austrian data protection authority
  • the responsibilities of the process controller and the data protection officer as per


Authentication and signature

Authentication or signature of the application is not required.


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8010 Graz, Hofgasse 16


Means of redress or appeal

An appeal is possible against rulings issued by an authority and shall be filed by the party within a 4 weeks term with the authority that issued the ruling of first instance (against rulings without investigation procedure within a two weeks term). The term starts with the receipt of the written copy of the ruling, in the case of oral pronouncement simultaneously with it.

The appeal shall indicate the ruling it contests, the authority that issued the ruling and contain a motion of appeal with the reasons. No more appeal is admissible if the party expressly waived the right of appeal after receipt or pronouncement of the ruling.

Each ruling contains instructions on the right to appeal and indicates the authority and the deadline for submission of such appeal.


Assistance and problem-solving services

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