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Apply for permission to sell goods at fairs, festivals and special occasions

If you are on the occasion of a trade fair or exhibition, a market (e.g. funfair, Christmas market, etc.), in the context of public events or festivals (e.g. community festival, shooting festival, inauguration ceremonies) or during another comparable event
If you want to offer goods for immediate sale, you do not need a travel trade card if you have permission from the competent authority.

A permit is sufficient, which you must apply for at the competent authority. If you are already in possession of a travel trade card, this is sufficient. In this case, you do not need any additional permission.

After applying for a permit, the competent authority will decide whether to approve your application for the sale of the goods. Permission shall be granted by the competent authority

  • for a specific location, and
  • limited to a specific event

The permit is not transferable. It does not replace any other permits and permits that may have to be obtained from other authorities (for example, road or road traffic permits – special use permit).

In certain cases, you do not need a travel trade card or any other trade permit for the sale of goods at the above-mentioned events. This applies to the following cases:

  • They sell self-produced products from agriculture and forestry, vegetable, fruit growing and horticulture, poultry farming and beekeeping, as well as hunting and fishing.
  • You sell goods in the municipality in which you are registered with your place of residence or in which you have registered your commercial establishment. However, this exception only applies if the municipality has no more than 10,000 inhabitants.
  • They sell milk and, if necessary, additional dairy products (e.g. yoghurt, kefir, butter, cheese) and still have a permit under the Milk and Margarine Act.
  • They sell food or other everyday goods from a sales trolley or a sales stand ("mobile shop") and do so outside fixed markets (e.g. weekly markets) at regular, shorter intervals always in the same place.
  • They sell printed works on public roads, streets, squares or other public places. According to the Press Act, the term "printed works" includes writings, discussed sound carriers (e.g. cassettes and other data carriers), pictorial representations with and without writing, image carriers (video cassettes and other data carriers) and music (printed products with sheet music) with text and explanations. However, you need a permit to sell such products at the front door.

Process flow

  • You apply for the permit informally together with the necessary documents at the competent authority.
  • The decision of the authority will be communicated to you by e-mail or by post.


  • You want to offer goods (not services) at a specific event or occasion.
  • The sale of the goods you want to offer must not be prohibited in the itinerant trade (for example, precious metals, precious stones, alcohol are prohibited – with certain exceptions)
  • They offer the goods at the event itself, or at least on the fringes of the event in question. There must therefore be a temporal and spatial connection to the event (for example, on the forecourt or the access roads).

Which documents are required?

  • Copy of identity card or passport with registration certificate, or presentation on site.
  • Information on the location and type of the stall as well as the range of goods.

What are the fees?

The costs are based on the respective administrative fee schedule of the state or on the fee statutes of the competent authorities under state law.

Fees are charged in accordance with Annex 1 to ³1 paragraph 1 of the General Fee Schedule of the State of Lower Saxony (AllGO) in accordance with No.

The fee can go up to €438.

§ 1 para 1 in conjunction with.dem cost tariff (annex to § 1 para. 1) AllGO

Processing duration

- Form: no

- Written form required: no

- Online procedure possible: yes

- Personal appearance required: no

Applications / forms

  • Written form required: no
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

What else should I know?

If you are already in possession of a travel trade card that entitles you to sell certain goods, you do not also need permission from the competent authority if you want to offer corresponding goods for sale at trade fairs, exhibitions, markets or public festivals.
The trade permit does not replace any permits or permits required under other specialist law (e.g. road law).

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)