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List of non-licensed and craft-like trades: Registration

If you wish to register a craft or a craft-like trade without a licence, the competent authority does not enter you in the register of craftsmen, but in the "List of the owners of a business of a craft or a craft-like trade without a licence".

The entry in the "Register of the owners of a business of a craft or a craft-like trade without authorisation" is associated with the issuance of a trade card . With the business card, you can later legitimize yourself as a registered business enterprise.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the Chamber of Crafts, in whose district the permanent establishment 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.

Find your Point of Single Contact here

Which documents are required?

  • Identity card or passport with confirmation of registration
  • If applicable, residence certificate
  • Shareholders' Agreement
  • if applicable, further documents in accordance with § 20 i. V.m. § 17 paragraph 1 Handwerksordnung (HwO)

In order to be included in the "Register of the owners of a business of a craft or a craft-like trade without a licence", you do not need proof of qualification - unlike in the case of a craft subject to registration in the register of craftsmen.

§ 20 Handwerksordnung (HwO)

§ 17 paragraph 1 Crafts Code (HwO)

What are the fees?

Fees apply according to the list of fees of the competent authority.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

You must immediately notify the competent authority of the commencement of a craft or a craft-like trade without authorisation after registering a business.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 3 Months
upon receipt of the application, including the complete documents

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.