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Experts in the craft sector Public appointment and swearing-in

Publicly appointed experts in the craft sector are characterised by special expertise, objectivity and trustworthiness. They shall be subject to supervision by the competent authority.

Publicly appointed experts are all persons who have been appointed and sworn in by a public institution. According to the Crafts Code (HwO), it is the task of the competent authority to appoint and swear in expert persons for the provision of expert opinions on goods, services and prices of craftsmen and crafts-like trades.

The basis and requirements for the public appointment and swearing-in result in detail from § 91 paragraph 1 no. 8 HwO, the expert regulations issued by the competent authorities (SVO) and the general trade law provisions of §§ 36 and 36a Gewerbeordnung (GewO). The SVO determines the selection and appointment procedure according to which the competent body carries out the public appointment, standardises the rights and obligations of experts and regulates the legal relations between experts and the competent body.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Chamber of Crafts (HWK).

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


  • Initial order
    • Age: minimum 30, maximum 62 years
    • Proof of special expertise (above-average expertise), the necessary practical experience and the ability to prepare expert opinions.
      This special expertise is determined by the Chambers of Crafts with the support of the competent trade association in accordance with a procedure drawn up by the Chambers of Crafts and Crafts, which, in addition to the preparation of a sample report and a written test, also provides for an oral expert discussion before a competent committee.
    • Orderly economic circumstances (possibly credit bureau information)
  • Experts may also be publicly appointed and sworn in if:
    • although they are entitled to practice a craft independently (master craftsman's examination, graduate engineer), they are not registered, but
    • have been practically active for at least 6 years in the last 10 years in a craft business of the trade for which they want to be appointed, of which at least 3 years as a craftsman entrepreneur or in a managerial function,
    • have their establishment as an expert or, in the absence thereof, their principal residence in the district of the competent authority;
    • and the other conditions set out above.
  • In addition to the high level of professional knowledge, the applicant must also master the legal foundations associated with the expert work.

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What are the fees?

Fees are payable in accordance with the fee regulations of the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Deadlines must 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)