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Commercial re-registration

The relocation of a standing business within the territory of the competent authority as well as a change or expansion of the goods or services offered, which are not customary for the registered business, require a re-registration of the commercial enterprise.

Process flow

Among others, the tax office, chamber of crafts, chamber of industry and commerce, local court, employers' liability insurance associations and the trade supervisory office are informed about the trade re-registration.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the municipality, the Joint Community and the city.

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.

Find your Point of Single Contact here

Which documents are required?

  • Identity card or passport
  • Excerpt from the commercial register
  • if applicable, proof of registration with the Chamber of Crafts
  • If applicable, certificate of permission
  • If applicable, craftsman's card
  • in case of representation:
    • Power of attorney

What are the fees?

The amount of the fees is determined - according to Annex 1 to § 1 paragraph 1 General Schedule of Fees of the State of Lower Saxony No. - depending on the time required. However, a maximum of EUR 43.00 will be charged.

Annex 1 to § 1 paragraph 1 of the General Rules of Fees (AllGO)

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

The business re-registration must be carried out at the same time as the relocation of the business or the change or expansion of the goods or services offered.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 3 Days
§ 15 Abs. 1 Gewerbeordnung (GewO)

Applications / forms

In the trade registration procedure, the notification forms prescribed in § 14 Gewerbeordnung (GewO) must be used.

§ 14 Industrial Code (GewO)

What else should I know?

Service providers who fulfil the requirement of Article 4 No. 5 of Directive (EC) No. 2006/123 on services in the internal market within the scope of the Industrial Code (GewO) and therefore do not fall under § 4 para. 1 sentence 2 GewO are also obliged to notify, even if they have a branch in another EU Member State. Exceptionally, the permanent activity outside a branch or without having such a branch may also be notifiable if it is triggered on the initiative of the client.

Directive (EC) No 2006/123 on services in the internal market

§ 4 Industrial Code (GewO)

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport


List ID 167 (whitelist; Status: 13.09.2018)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)