Entry in the register of craftsmen
If you want to practice a craft subject to licensing, you must be entered in a register (register of craftsmen) kept by your regional Chamber of Crafts before starting your business activity. In addition to the owner of the company (sole proprietor, partnership with legal capacity or legal entity), the register of craftsmen lists who will take over the management of the company. The management can be exercised either by the farmer or by a salaried manager. The management must have the technical requirements for practicing the craft subject to licensing. Proof must be provided in the form of a master craftsman's certificate for the respective craft or an equivalent relevant professional qualification. For details, see the "Prerequisites" section.
The crafts subject to authorisation include, but are not limited to, the following professions:
A complete list can be found in Appendix A to the Crafts Code (HwO). The craft does not have to be practiced as a whole. Essential (partial) activities can also be carried out.
Attention: You may only ever practice the craft that is subject to approval and has been registered. If several crafts subject to authorisation are practised, each of these crafts subject to authorisation must normally be entered in the register of craftsmen.
Registration in the register of craftsmen is made electronically via online service or in writing at your local Chamber of Crafts.
Who should I contact?
The responsibility lies with the Chamber of Crafts in whose district the (future) permanent establishment is located.
The prerequisite is that the study or school focus of your examination corresponds to the craft to be registered.
Which documents are required?
1. In the case of sole proprietorships:
2. In the case of partnerships under civil law (GbR):
3. In the case of commercial partnerships with legal capacity, i.e. the general partnership (OHG), limited partnership (KG) and corresponding foreign company forms:
4. In the case of legal entities (limited liability company (GmbH), entrepreneurial company (limited liability) or UG (limited liability), stock corporation (AG), registered cooperative (eG)):
5. If a farm manager is employed, the following documents must also be submitted:
Note: If you employ a second person as a farm manager – for example if you carry out several trades subject to approval – you must also submit the farm manager's declaration with further documents mentioned under 5 for this person.
What are the fees?
The specific fee can be found in the schedule of fees of the Chamber of Crafts, which can be accessed on the Chamber's website.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
Notification of craft activity: before the start
The processing time depends on the completeness of the submitted documents.
If all documents are complete and no further procedure is necessary, the registration in the register of craftsmen can be completed within a few days.
Other procedures extend the processing time, such as the granting of an exemption permit.
§ 6 para. 1 of the Crafts Code (HwO), see link below.
§ 7 Crafts Code (HwO), see link below.
In the context of the information on legal remedies, legal action applies in Lower Saxony, as there is no longer any provision for preliminary administrative proceedings.
What else should I know?
Under the links below you will find:
- Advice from your Chamber of Crafts – contact details of the Chambers of Crafts
- the Ordinance on Related Crafts
- a list of all skilled trades subject to authorisation
Essential (partial) activities of a craft
The craft does not have to be practiced as a whole. Essential (partial) activities can also be carried out. Even then, the entry in the register of craftsmen must take place.
They are only allowed to practice the craft that is subject to approval and has been registered.
If you want to practice several crafts subject to licensing, you must have each of these crafts registered in the register of craftsmen.
Several people as plant managers
If you employ more than 1 person as a manager, you must also register them.
Technically approved by
Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.