Apply for permission to sell goods at fairs, festivals and special occasions
If you would like to offer goods for immediate sale on the occasion of a trade fair or exhibition, a public festival (e.g. community festival, shooting festival, inauguration ceremonies, etc.) or as part of another special occasion, you need a permit from the competent authority, but not a travel trade card.
You must apply for permission from the competent authority.
If you are already in possession of a travel trade card that entitles you to offer certain or all goods for sale, this is sufficient. In this case, you no longer need an additional permit for the sale on the occasion of the mentioned events.
After applying for a permit, the competent authority will decide whether to approve your application for the sale of the goods. The competent authority grants permission for a specific location and for a specific event, i.e. for a limited period of time.
The permit is not transferable. It does not replace any other permits and permits that may have to be obtained from other authorities (e.g. road or road traffic permits – special use permit).
If the following goods are to be offered for sale on the occasion of the above-mentioned events, no permit is required (as a permit or exemption on another basis already exists):
- 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, etc.) and still have a permit under the Milk and Margarine Act.
- They sell food or other everyday goods from a sales trolley or a stall ("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.
The sale of the goods you wish to offer must not be prohibited in the itinerant trade.
- You apply for permission to the competent authority, enclosing the necessary documents
- The decision of the authority will be communicated to you in text form or in writing
The municipalities are responsible.
- 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 (e.g. 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 (e.g. 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?
Depends 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. 22.214.171.124
The fee can go up to €438.
Applications / forms
- Written form required: no
- Online procedure possible: yes
- Personal appearance required: no
- Objection (depending on national law, the objection may be excluded)
- Administrative court action
What else should I know?
If you are already in possession of a travel trade card that entitles you to offer certain goods for sale or goods of all kinds, you do not also need the permission of the competent authority if you want to offer corresponding goods for sale at trade fairs, exhibitions, public festivals or on special occasions.
The trade permit does not replace any permits or permits required by 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.