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Permission to operate a prostitution establishment

Permission to operate a prostitution business must be applied for at the competent authority. (Subject to permission)

Section 12 (1) of the Prostitute Protection Act (ProstSchG):
The operation of a prostitution establishment requires the permission of the competent authority. The permit can be limited in time.
The licence shall be extended upon application if the conditions governing the granting of the licence continue to exist.

Section 12 (2) of the Prostitute Protection Act (ProstSchG):
The permit for the operation of a prostitution establishment is granted at the same time for a specific operating concept and for certain structural facilities, facilities and rooms located therein.

If the conditions are met, there is a legal entitlement to the granting of a permit to operate a prostitution business.

Process flow

The granting of a permit requires an application:

- An application must be submitted to the competent authority using the prescribed forms, accompanied by the necessary documents.
- The submitted documents will be checked for completeness and conclusiveness.
- If necessary, additional documents will be requested.
- If necessary, an on-site appointment will be arranged.
- A personal meeting is arranged on a regular basis.
- If all conditions are met, permission will be granted. The applicant will receive the notice of permission.
Otherwise, a rejection notice will be issued.


Legal capacity of the applicant.
According to §§ 14,15 ProstSchG, the applicant or the person designated as a deputy or manager must have the necessary reliability.
As a rule, the required reliability is not given if the person fulfils a characteristic listed in Section 15 (1) ProstSchG.

According to § 16 paragraph 1 ProstSchG, the operating concept must describe the essential characteristics of the company and the precautions for compliance with the obligations under this Act.

Section 16 (2) ProstSchG lists the essential aspects that are to be set out in the operating concept.

Which documents are required?

In order to obtain a permit in accordance with Section 12 (1) of the Prostitute Protection Act, the following documents must be attached to the application in accordance with Section 12 (5) of the Prostitute Protection Act:

1. the operating concept,
2. the other necessary documents and information on the
Proof of the existence of the permit requirements as well as

3. the name, date of birth and address of the person for whom
the permit is applied for, or from a legal entity
or association of persons, their company, address, number of the register sheet in the commercial register and their registered office.

The licensing authority will provide information on which additional documents must be submitted.

What are the fees?

Costs: Administrative fee EUR 500 – 4,000 euros, delivery expenses if applicable

Die Kosten werden nach Zeitaufwand berechnet, sie betragen jedoch mindestens 300 €.

Emission: 500,00 - 4000,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No

Processing duration

Depending on the amount of the exam (a few days to a few weeks after submission of all documents)

Applications / forms

Forms: yes
Online procedure possible: yes
Written form required: yes
Personal appearance necessary: usually yes


Objection: The decision issued on the application for a permit sets out the further procedure for filing an objection.

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Technically approved by

Saarland MUV - Unit C/4


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Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)