Foundations, associations and corporations

This section includes all information related to Corporations, Non-For-Profit Organizations (ESAL) and Non-Government Organizations (NGO). 

Learn everything you need to know about the ESALs from our digital brochure on Non-For-Profit Organizations .


The National Government issued Decree 019 of 2012, which mandates that, starting on 2013, all Non-For-Profit Organizations registered with the Chambers of Commerce may renew their registration annually within the first three months of each calendar year, based on the Public Records Rates for 2018 .

Renew your ESAL registration easily and safely. Get benefits from renewing on time.
Two easy steps to renew your registration online:

1. Fill out the online form.
2. Make the corresponding payment both physically or virtually


What institutions must renew their membership?

All institutions registered in the Non-For-Profit Organization Registry:

  • Associations, corporations and foundations.
  • Solidary economy institutions (cooperatives, pre-cooperatives, employee savings funds, mutual associations).
  • Citizen oversight associations.
  • Foreign, private, non-for-profit institutions located outside the country.

Prior to renewing, it is important to have the following available:

  • Your institution's financial information (assets and financial information taken from the general balance sheet, with cut-off date as of december of the immediately preceding year).
  • Virtual key  (version in spanish).
  • The CIIU code corresponding to the economic activity being performed by the entrepreneur's company. If there are two or more, then the code chosen must correspond to the economic activity which has yielded the highest revenues during the past year.

According to Resolution 139, as of December 1, 2012, all interested parties must query their own CIIU code.

Definition: Non-For-Profit Institutions (ESAL)

Non-For-Profit Organizations are legal persons created responding to a desire by one or more individuals or legal persons to establish a partnership under which to carry out activities to the benefit of associates, third parties or the community as a whole. ESAL do not seek a distribution of profits among their members.  If you have any queries, consult the ABC of Non-profit Entities .

Types of ESAL
  • Associations, corporations and foundations. 
  • Solidary economy institutions (cooperatives, pre-cooperatives, employee savings funds, mutual associations). 
  • Citizen oversight associations. 
  • Foreign, private, non-for-profit institutions located outside the country. 
  • Auxiliary Cooperative Institutions and second and third-degree Cooperatives.
After processing their registration into the institution's registrar, entrepreneurs must:
  • Register the minutes ledgers required by law.
  • Deliver the certificate of existence and legal representation and a copy of the documents registered (bylaws and minutes) to the institution tasked with their inspection, oversight and control.
  • Conduct the proceedings related to work and industrial safety.
  • If the ESAL requires an environmental permit or license, they must request it from the Administrative Environmental Department (DAMA) or from the Cundinamarca Regional Autonomous Corporation.
Renewal of the ESAL's registration and benefits


  • Click here  (spanish version) to renew your ESAL subscription in an easy and safe way.

What ESAL are obligated to register at the chambers of commerce?

Furthermore, through this new form, entrepreneurs can also update their CIIU Code

Registration Vademecum (ESALES)

Download the  Registration Vademecum (ESALES)  - spanish version.

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