Permission to sell goods at fairs, festivals and special occasions

If you would like to offer goods for immediate sale on the occasion of a trade fair or exhibition, a market (e.B. fair, Christmas market, etc.), as part of public events or festivals (e.B. municipal festival, shooting festival, inauguration parties, etc.) or in the context of another comparable event, you do not need a travel trade card if you have permission from the responsible authority for this. A permit is sufficient, which you must apply for at the competent authority. If you already have a travel trade card, this is sufficient. In this case, you no longer need additional permission to sell on the occasion of such an event. After applying for a permit, the competent authority decides whether it agrees to your application to sell the goods. The competent authority grants permission for a specific location and for a specific event, i.e. for a limited period. Permission is not transferable. It does not replace any other permits and permits that may have to be obtained from other authorities (e.B. road or road traffic permits special use permits). In certain cases, you do not need a travel trade card or any other trade permit for the sale of goods at the above-mentioned events. This applies to the following cases: They sell self-derivet products from agriculture, forestry, vegetables, fruit and Horticulture, poultry farming and beekeeping as well as hunting and fishing. You sell goods in the municipality where you are registered with your place of residence or in which you have registered your commercial establishment. However, this exception only applies if the municipality has no more than 10,000 inhabitants. They sell milk and, if necessary, additional milk products (e.B yoghurt, kefir, butter, cheese, etc.) and still have a permit under the Milk and Margarine Act. They sell food or other everyday goods from a sales cart or a sales stand ("mobile shop") and do so outside of fixed markets (e.B. weekly markets) at regular, shorter intervals always in the same place. They sell printed works on public roads, streets, squares or other public places. According to the Press Act, the term printed works includes writings, discussed sound carriers (e.B. cassettes and other data carriers), pictorial representations with and without writing, image carriers (video cassettes and other data carriers) and music (printed products with sheet music) with text and explanations. For the sale of corresponding products at the front door, however, you need a permit.

Copy of the identity card or passport with registration certificate, or presentation on site.Information on the location and type of sales stand as well as the range of goods.


Written form required: no Online procedure possible: yes Personal appearance required: no

Preconditions
You want to offer goods (not services) at a specific event or occasion. The sale of the goods you wish to offer must not be prohibited in the travel industry (e.B precious metals, precious stones, alcohol with certain exceptions) They offer the goods at the event itself, but at least on the fringes of the event in question. There must therefore be a temporal and spatial connection to the event (e.B. on the forecourt or the access roads).

Hints
If you are already in possession of a travel trade card that entitles you to offer certain goods or goods of all kinds, you do not also need the permission of the competent authority if you want to offer corresponding goods for sale at the organization of trade fairs, exhibitions, markets or public festivals. The trade permit does not replace any permits or permits required by other specialist law (e.B. road law).
You shall apply for authorisation from the competent authority, enclosing the necessary documents. The decision of the authority will be communicated to you in text form or in writing.

Responsible for the content
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy NRW

Last update or date of publication
04.12.2020