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Exceptions to the prescribed minimum viewing period of the auctioned goods in the auctioneering business Admission

The auctioneer must give the auctioneer the opportunity to inspect the auctioned item for a period of at least 2 hours. The competent authority may allow exceptions if the bidders are given sufficient opportunity to assess the auctioned goods in some other way.

The alternative opportunity for the bidders to assess the auctioned goods can be provided by providing a catalogue documenting the auctioned goods.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the county, the independent city, the large independent city and the independent municipality in whose area of responsibility the event is located.

This procedure can also be carried out through a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the state for service providers.


  • only for a single auction
    • in the event of a particular risk of theft
    • the creation of sufficient security measures cannot be expected of the auctioneer
      • e.g. at the auction of a large number of smaller items

Which documents are required?

  • If applicable, identity card or passport
  • Auctioneer's Permit
  • If applicable, notification of the auction
  • If applicable, documents proving the "alternative visit" (catalogues)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)