Shop opening hours
In Lower Saxony, sales outlets are allowed from Monday 00.00 to Saturday 24.00. be open.
On Sundays and public holidays, there is a general ban on opening and selling. The Lower Saxony Law on Shop Opening and Sales Hours (NLöffVZG) exhaustively regulates exceptions to this prohibition for:
- pharmacies, petrol stations, points of sale at passenger railway stations, airports and ferry ports,
- Points of sale for the consumption of goods for immediate consumption to meet local needs
- points of sale in health resorts and resorts, excursion destinations and places of pilgrimage,
- sales outlets which, by their size and assortment, are geared towards the sale of everyday goods,
- farm shops,
- the so-called "shopping open Sunday", which is possible four times a year and eight times a year in excursion destinations.
- wholesale trade (sales to resellers and professional customers),
- to the sale of accessories, if it is provided at the place of the main service and the main service is not subject to the provisions of the law,
- on the sale of goods at folk festivals as well as at fixed fairs, markets and exhibitions,
- on restaurants, video stores and service providers.
Who should I contact?
The responsibility lies with the municipality, the Joint Community and the city, which is responsible for monitoring compliance with the regulations regarding opening and sales hours as well asthe sale of permitted shopping carts.
In addition, the State Trade Inspectorate is responsible for verifying compliance with occupational health and safety.
Which documents are required?
Documents may be required. Please contact the competent authority.
What are the fees?
Fees may apply. Please contact the relevant authority.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.
What else should I know?
For more information, search for " Sundays open for shopping".
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
Technically approved by
Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality