Theatre and musical-stage activity

  1. CROSS-BORDER FREEDOM TO PROVIDE SERVICES: If you already have a registered establishment in another Europan Union Member State/EEA Country, you can provide services on occasional or temporary basis without the requirement of registration to the competent authority
  • submmision of e-notification about occasional/temporary provision of services without an establishment.
  • Private theatres and private theatre companies may be established as institutions, companies and artistic organisations.
  • Request for the founding of the theatre (list of competent administrative offices is enclosed)
  • Entry in the Register of Theatres is within 8 days from when the Decision on the entry into the Court Register or other appropriate Register becomes final.


No fee

e-access to this service activity

  •  The form should be filled out and signed personally
  • The form should be sent by e-mail to the competent procedural body, together with all the necessary documents – all in scaned PDF or jpg format
  • If the documents are sent by e-mail, there is no obligation to send them by regular mail or in a physical way
  • The approval / decision regarding the carrying out of an activity may, upon request, be obtained from the competent procedural body by e-mail. You will also receive it afterwards by regular mail. The end deadline is 30 days of a duly filed request.
  • After obtaining the approval, you can start carrying out the service activity.


E-mail to which all the documentation should be sent:

Titled: e-request – Point of Single Contact

Info: on your registered e-mail you will receive a notifiction about the submission of the request and a certificate of obtaining authorisation.

City Office for Education, Culture and Sports;

State Administration Office in the Primorje-Gorski kotar County;

 State Administration Office in the Međimurje County;

 State Administration Office in the Split-Dalmatia County;

 State Administration Office in the Karlovac County;

 State Administration Office in the Varaždin County;

 State Administration Office in the Zadar County;,

State Administration Office in the Osijek-Baranja County;

 State Administration Office in the Šibenik–Knin County;

 State Administration Office in the Brod-Posavina County;

Ured državne uprave u Sisak-Moslavina County;

 State Administration Office in the Bjelovar-Bilogora County;,

 State Administration Office in the Lika-Senj County; pisarnica@ls-drž,,

 State Administration Office in the Zagreb County;,

 State Administration Office in the Istria County;

 State Administration Office in the Koprivnica-Križevci County;

 State Administration Office in the Krapina-Zagorje County;

 State Administration Office in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County;

 State Administration Office in the Virovitica-Podravina County;

 State Administration Office in the Vukovar-Srijem County;

 State Administration Office in the Požega-Slavonia County,

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Competent body and regulations

Ministry of Culture

Directorate for Cultural and Artistic Development and International Cultural Cooperation

Runjaninova 2, 10 000 Zagreb

+385 1 4866 200

Law on Theatres (Official Gazette number 71/06, 121/13, 26/14)

Ordinance on the Register of Theatres (Official Gazette number 35/2007, 110/16)

Law on Rights of Freelance Artists and on Fostering Cultural and Artistic Creativity (Official Gazette 43/96, 44/96 – Corrigendum)

Approval to carry out the activity

Decision on the existence of conditions required to establishing theatres and theather houses

Period of obtaining the decision: up to 30 days

Legal remedy and appeal

No appeal is allowed against the decision of the Ministry of Culture, but an administrative dispute may be instigated by lawsuit before a competent local Administrative Court (in Zagreb, Osijek, Rijeka and Split) in 30 days. Upon receiving the complaint the Administrative Court shall determine the regularity of the complaint and whether the conditions required for an administrative dispute have been met, the Administrative court shall forward the complaint to the defendant and other interested parties for their response. The Administrative Court  will assess freely the evidence and determine the facts. The complainant is obliged to indicate in the complaint all of the facts on which his claim is based, suggest the evidence and respond to all the claims and evidence suggested by the other parties.

All of the information derives from the regulation within the remit of the competent body

Time of update: 31.07.2019.

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