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Lost property

If you have found an object of value (i.e. an object with a value of more than 10 euros), you must hand in this find. Contact points are the lost property offices of the municipalities. A lost property report is recorded there. Lost property, the place of discovery and the time of discovery as well as your personal details are recorded, as you may later be entitled to a finder's fee or to the find itself, if no owner can be determined after the deadline.

Storage and auction

The lost property office is obliged to keep lost property for at least six months. If the owner does not respond within this time, you as the finder are entitled to the found item. If you do not exercise this right or if the lost property is found in public buildings or means of transport, the city or municipality itself becomes the owner of the property.

These lost property will then be publicly auctioned at longer intervals after prior notice by the lost property office. The proceeds of the auction flow into the budget of the municipality.


Animals are also considered lost property. If you have found an animal, you should contact the responsible municipality and report the find there. In consultation with the municipality, you can also leave the animal there if necessary. It is then usually placed in an animal shelter for further care.

You can also leave found animals directly at an animal shelter without notification. The report of the find is then done by the shelter, since without notification the municipality is not obliged to bear the costs of accommodation.

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

Documents may be required. Please contact the competent authority.

Fees may apply. Please contact the relevant authority.

Deadlines may have to be observed. Please contact the competent authority.

Lower Saxony Ministry of the Interior and Sport

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Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

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