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Continuation of a commercial enterprise by proxy approval

Following a trade ban, the competent authority may, upon request, authorise the continuation of the business by a deputy person who ensures the proper management of the business. Approval is subject to application.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district, the district-free city, the large independent city and the independent municipality in whose district the activity is to be carried out.

This procedure can also be handled 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.

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  • legally binding trade prohibition or
  • Commercial prohibition with order of immediate enforcement
  • the required personal reliability of the deputy person, and
  • the conditions prescribed for the activity in question

Which documents are required?

  • If applicable , identity card or passport

What are the fees?

Fees according to Annex 1 to § 1 paragraph 1 General Fee Schedule of the State of Lower Saxony (AllGO) in accordance with No. apply.

Fee: 253,00 EUR
Payment in advance: Yes

Annex 1 to § 1 paragraph 1 General Fee Schedule (AllGO)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed. However, approval must be obtained before the substitution may be taken up. It is therefore advisable to submit the necessary application as early as possible.

Applications / forms

The Industrial Code does not prescribe how the application is to be submitted. For reasons of legal certainty, however, it is advisable to submit the application in writing and signed.

What else should I know?

Prior to approval, special supervisory authorities for the activity, as well as the Chamber of Industry and Commerce or chamber of crafts and, in the case of a trade ban against a cooperative, the audit association to which it belongs must be consulted. If the competent body and the authority that ordered the prohibition are not identical, the prohibition authority should also be consulted in advance.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.