The Belgian remunerated football license is a license giving permission to a Belgian football club to play in the Belgian First Amateur Division. It is delivered by the Belgian Football Association. To play at the professional level, a club must obtain the Belgian professional football license. As a result, any club willing to promote must apply for such a license in the year they believe to be achieving promotion.
To get the license, a club must, among other things,
A club that does not get its license is relegated to (or remains in) the Belgian Second Amateur Division. Furthermore; if it failed to get its license due to economic reasons, it starts the competition with a handicap of 3 points (or 1 point per period), except if it did not ask for a license.