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Register of craftsmen Registration of a craft ancillary business

A craft ancillary business exists if, in conjunction with another company superordinate as the main enterprise, craft services are provided to third parties to a not inconsiderable extent. There is an obligation to register in the register of craftsmen for craft ancillary businesses that

  • with a utility or other commercial enterprise public institution,
  • with an enterprise of a craft trade subject to authorisation, industry, trade, agriculture or other economic and professional activities

are connected if goods or services for third parties (not for the main company) are produced or provided in a craft subject to authorisation. Auxiliary businesses according to § 3 Handwerksordnung (HwO) are not subject to registration.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Chamber of Crafts (HWK), in whose district the main company or the secondary business is located.

This procedure can also be handled through a "point of single contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by the municipalities and the state for service providers.

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Which documents are required?

  • for sole proprietorships:
    • Application for registration
    • Copy of identity card or comparable identification document
    • Proof of qualification (copy of master craftsman's certificate, technician's certificate, etc.) of the owner (in the case of an employed plant manager, see there)
    • Copy of business registration (can be submitted after registration in the register of craftsmen)
  • for civil law companies (GbR):
    • Application for registration
    • Copies of the identity card or a comparable identification document of the shareholders or persons authorised to represent
    • Copy of the articles of association
    • Proof of qualification (copy of master craftsman's certificate, technician's certificate, etc.) of all shareholders (in the case of an employed plant manager, see there)
    • Copy of business registration (can be submitted after registration in the register of craftsmen)
  • in the case of GmbH, Unternehmergesellschaft (haftungsbeschränkt), AG, OHG, KG, GmbH & Co. KG and other domestic or foreign companies:
    • Application for registration
    • Copies of the identity card or a comparable identification document of the shareholders or persons authorised to represent
    • Copy of the extract from the commercial register - in the case of a company belonging to EU countries: Submission of a translation of the extract from the register of the country of origin
    • Copy of business registration (can be submitted after registration in the register of craftsmen)
  • in the case of employment of a plant manager:
    • • Farm manager's declaration
    • • Copy of the employment contract of the plant manager
    • • Proof of qualification of the plant manager (copy of master craftsman's certificate, dipl.certificate, industrial master craftsman's certificate, technician's certificate, exemption permit, exercise authorization, etc.)
    • • If necessary, confirmation of registration from the collection office (health insurance) about the employee's registration

What are the fees?

Fees apply in accordance with the scale of fees of the competent authority. Please contact the competent 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?

Further information can be found in the service Handwerksrolle Eintragungs zulassungs zugelassens.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport

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

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.