Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant

How to apply

Companies can apply for the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (EPV) label at any time during the year.


 •    Who is eligible?

Legal status:
In order to be eligible, companies must be registered in the craft directory (répertoire des métiers) and/or business register (registre du commerce et des sociétés).


Sector of activity:
All companies engaged in production, processing, repair or restoration activities are eligible, on condition that they fulfil the eligibility criteria


•    Stages

1) Download the application form


Click here to download the application form


2) Submission of applications


Applications should be addressed to the Institut Supérieur des Métiers (ISM), which provides the secretariat of the Commission Nationale des Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant, at the following address:


Institut Supérieur des Métiers

Secrétariat de la Commission Nationale
des Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant
28/30 rue des Peupliers 75013 Paris



The ISM acknowledges receipt of every completed application. The receipt date stated on the acknowledgement slip marks the start of the period within which the application must be examined.


3) Examination of applications


Applications are examined by the ISM, the secretariat of the National Commission, using the information supplied by the companies in their application forms and checking the required supporting documents.


> Requests for opinions
- Unless the applicant company expressly objects, opinions are sought from the regional government representative for trade and crafts (Direccte), the relevant commercial bodies of which the company is a member (Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie and/or Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat) and, for traditional craft companies, the Institut National des Métiers d’Art (INMA).
- No opinions are sought for companies with a turnover in excess of one million euros, where half of that figure corresponds to exports.

> Analysis of applications

The ISM then analyses the application with a view to checking the information supplied by the company and enriching it with sectoral data. To do this, it calls upon the services of technical and economics experts, and company visits are scheduled as often as required. 


4) The labelling decision


The Commission Nationale des Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant issues its opinion and forwards it to the Secretary of State for Commerce, Crafts, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Tourism, Services and Consumers, who takes the final decision.

The Commission is formed of management representatives, representatives of major sectors of activity, and qualified persons appointed by ministerial decree.

Download the formation of the Commission


Award decisions are notified to companies by the Directorate for Commerce, Crafts, Services and Self-employment. Refusal decisions are issued by the Institut Supérieur des Métiers.


 If you have any further questions about the labelling process, please do not hesitate to contact Sylvie Degorce on +33 (0)1 44 16 80 46.