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Establish an environmental consulting company in Vietnam

Companies in the field have emerged recently in the context of campaigns against environmental pollution being promoted globally. The race to find effective technology solutions and protect the environment is one of the core factors that make up business sustainability. Therefore, environmental consulting services have also become necessary for businesses, especially manufacturing companies. The article below from Viet An Law Firm will provide customers with information about the process to establish an environmental consulting company in Vietnam.

Establish an environmental consulting company in Vietnam

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    What is an environmental consulting company?

    An environmental consulting company is a unit consisting of members with experience in consulting on environmental solutions for businesses. Including consulting on implementing waste treatment works and completing necessary environmental documents for businesses according to the provisions of the law.

    Depending on the purpose of the establishment, environmental consulting services will have different operating functions. Below are some areas in which environmental consulting companies often operate:

    • Consulting on implementing environmental records for businesses;
    • Consulting on the implementation of environmental protection projects;
    • Some environmental consulting companies also have the function of collecting waste, and treating hazardous waste… these are some professions that require license conditions to be performed.

    Environmental consulting industry code

    Based on the regulations in Appendix I of Decision No. 27/2018/QD-TTg, environmental consulting companies can refer to some of the following industry codes:

    Industry code Business lines
    3320 Installation of industrial machinery and equipment

    (except mechanical processing, waste recycling, and electroplating at headquarters)



    Manufacture and supply of steam, hot water, air conditioning and ice

    (not operating at headquarters)

    3600 Water collection, treatment and supply

    (not operating at headquarters)

    3700 Water drainage and wastewater treatment
    3811 Collection of non-hazardous waste

    (not operating at headquarters)

    3812 Collection of hazardous waste
    3821 Treatment and disposal of non-hazardous waste

    (not operating at headquarters)

    3822 Treatment and destruction of hazardous waste

    (not operating at headquarters)

    3830 Materials recovery

    (not operating at headquarters)

    3900 Remediation activities and other waste management services

    (not operating at headquarters)

    4321 Electrical installation

    (except mechanical processing, waste recycling, and electroplating at headquarters)

    4329 Other construction installation

    (except mechanical processing, waste recycling, and electroplating at headquarters)

    4330 Building completion and finishing
    4390 Other specialized construction activities
    4663 Wholesale of construction materials and other installation supplies
    4669 Other specialized wholesale not yet classified

    Details: Wholesale of industrial chemicals

    (not operating at headquarters, not storing chemicals)

    4772 Retail sale of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetic and toilet articles in specialized storesDetails: Retail of medical instruments, cosmetics, and hygiene items
    7020 Management consultancy activities

    (except financial, accounting, and legal consulting)

    7110 Architectural and engineering activities and related technical consultancy
    7120 Technical testing and analysis
    7490 Other professional, scientific and technical activities not classified elsewhere

    Details: Environmental consulting

    7830 Provision and management of human resources

    Details: Supply and management of domestic labor resources

    (except labor subleasing)

    8121 General cleaning of buildings
    8129 Industrial cleaning activities and specialized cleaning activities for buildings
    8130 Landscape care and maintenance service activities

    Process to establish an environmental consulting company in Vietnam

    For domestic investors

    Step 1: Register to establish a company

    To open an environmental consulting company, businesses need to prepare documents to be granted a business registration license. Company registration documents include:

    • Application for a business registration certificate;
    • Company charter;
    • List of shareholders or members of the company;
    • Copy of ID card/Citizen identification card/Passport if an individual and business registration license, establishment decision, or equivalent documents if an organization;
    • Decision on capital contribution for company members and corporate shareholders who are organizations;
    • Power of Attorney for Viet An Law to carry out the procedure.

    Step 2: Submit the business registration application

    Submit the company registration application to the Department of Planning and Investment where the business is headquartered. After submitting the company registration application, the enterprise must engrave the seal decide on the type of seal, form, and number of seals, and notify the use of seal sample on the National Information Portal on business registration.

    Step 3: Check, resolve, and return results

    The business registration agency will respond to the results within 03 working days from the date of receipt of the application.

    • In case the dossier is not valid, the agency will issue a written response clearly stating the reason and instructing the enterprise to edit and supplement the dossier.
    • If the application is valid, the agency will issue a Business Registration Certificate recording the environmental consulting profession for the enterprise.

    Step 4: Carry out post-establishment procedures

    Enterprises need to carry out initial tax declaration procedures, make company signs, and company seals, purchase invoices, and digital signatures, and apply for environmental sub-licenses related to the field of operation (if any).

    Please contact Viet An Law for advice on comprehensive company establishment services.

    For foreign investors

    Before carrying out the procedures for applying for an Enterprise Registration Certificate for domestic investors, foreign investors need to carry out the procedures for applying for an Investment Certificate for the project of establishing a consulting company. environment in Vietnam. The procedure is as follows:

    Establish an environmental consulting company in Vietnam

    Relevant types of environmental license

    According to the latest regulations of the Law on Environmental Protection 2020 and its implementation guidance documents, current environmental licenses include the (general) Environmental License and Component Environmental Licenses such as:

    • Certificate of completion of environmental protection works
    • Certificate of conformity with environmental standards
    • Certificate of eligibility for environmental protection in importing scrap from abroad as raw production materials
    • License for Hazardous waste treatment
    • License to discharge wastewater into water sources
    • License to discharge wastewater into hydraulic structure.

    Depending on the service field that the company operates in, the company will need to carry out procedures for applying for a corresponding Environmental Permit within the legal time limit to be carried out in practice. Normally, current Environmental License are valid for 7 – 10 years depending on the project type to ensure the business’s renovation and upgrading process.

    Some reputable environmental consulting companies in Vietnam

    Polygreen Environmental Services LLC

    Established as a multiple-member LLC, Polygreen Company has been granted since 2014 with business code 0313000713. The company is headquartered in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City. This is a reliable partner for all businesses and organizations across the country interested in protecting the environment and complying with relevant legal regulations. In particular, Polygreen always quickly updates and informs about the latest laws and decrees related to the environment, helping customers always comply with all legal regulations. Polygreen’s experienced and dedicated consulting team is ready to support customers 24/7, answer all questions, and meet all urgent requirements. With Polygreen, you can be assured of managing and protecting your business’s environment effectively and professionally.

    Saigon Environmental Consulting Joint Stock Company

    Established in 2011, Saigon Environment Company with business code 0310818282 is one of the top environmental consulting companies in Ho Chi Minh City trusted by customers. The company registered its main business line for Environmental monitoring and consulting services (industry code 7490). The company’s services will support customers in finding solutions to protect the environment, as well as improve production systems with cleaner production technology. A team of experienced engineers and masters is committed to bringing quality and professionalism to each project.

    Nong Lam Environmental Technology Company Limited

    Registering for the environmental consulting industry, since its establishment in 2008, Nong Lam Environmental Services Company has brought effective and economical environmental treatment options to customers. The company has a large staff, formally trained in environmental technology at domestic and foreign universities. Customers always receive thoughtful support in solving environmental problems for companies and manufacturing businesses. With the above advantages, Nong Lam Environmental Company has quickly added its name to the list of the most prestigious and quality environmental companies in Ho Chi Minh City today.

    Company establishment service in Vietnam of Viet An Law

    • Consulting on company establishment procedures;
    • Draft and complete documents and directly work with competent authorities related to company establishment procedures;
    • Monitor and supplement documents on behalf of clients when requested by competent authorities during the procedure;
    • Receive results and hand over licenses to clients according to the contract.

    Clients who have related questions or need assistance with documents to establish an environmental consulting company in Vietnam, please contact Viet An Law Firm for the best support.

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