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Extend existing mudflat guide permit

You need a permit if you want to carry out guided tours on tidal flats in the Wadden Sea in Lower Saxony. The permit requirement is intended to ensure that mudflat guides have the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to carry out mudflat tours safely and in accordance with nature conservation regulations. This applies in particular to a comprehensive local knowledge of the routes and mudflats concerned, the correct planning of a hike to avoid dangers and the appropriate behaviour in dangerous situations.

The permit relates to defined tidal flats or tidal flats. If you want to carry out mudflat tours in additional areas or routes, you will need an extension of your existing permit.

The extension of your licencewill be granted by the competent authority after your documents have been checked and you have successfully passed an interview. The examination interview is limited to local knowledge of the additional areas and routes.

Process flow

You inform the competent authority of your interest in participating in the examination interview, stating the additional wattage ranges or wattage distances. Exam interviews are offered twice a year (usually March/October), and the specific date is usually coordinated with you about three weeks in advance. They take place in Wilhelmshaven. Until the examination, all other necessary evidence and documents must be submitted.

Which documents are required?

Proof of participation in at least six watt routes per area/route for which an extension of the permit is sought (in the case of routes between the mainland and an island, participation in at least three watt routes in each direction) within the last two years.

What are the fees?

Fee: 150,00 - 225,00 EUR
Payment in advance: No
The fee depends on the number of additional approved areas/routes. The indicated costs include the administrative fee for participation in the examination interview in the amount of 100/150 EUR.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Period of Validity: 6 Years
The extension to include additional areas or routes is not a new permit with its own period of validity, but is carried out within the framework of the existing permit.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 1 - 5 Working days
The extension of your permit will be granted after you have successfully passed the examination interview and the evidence and documents have been complete.

Applications / forms

Forms available: No

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: Yes

Personal appearance required: Yes


You may object to extensions or refusals to extend the permit within one month of notification of the decision. The objection must be submitted in writing or orally for recording to the National Park Administration "Lower Saxony Wadden Sea", Virchowstraße 1, 26382 Wilhelmshaven.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection

Professionally released on



The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)