Become an authorized district chimney sweep

Would you like to receive an order as an authorized district chimney sweep? To do this, you must be appointed by the competent authority.

Authorised district chimney sweep (bBSF) is someone appointed by the competent authority for a sweeping district. According to the Chimney Sweep Crafts Act (SchfHwG) of 26.11.2008 (amended by Art. 1 G. v. 17.07.2017), vacated or becoming vacant sweeping districts are occupied by means of a tender procedure. The selection procedure and the appointment to the bBSF are in principle based on §§ 9, 9a and 10 SchfHwG. Accordingly, the respective competent authority must publicly advertise free sweeping districts and make the selection between the applicants according to their suitability, competence and professional performance. The appointment is limited to seven years. The advertised sweeping districts are published on the website of the competent authority or on the federal administration portal.

Related Links

  • Federal Administration Portal

The competent authority shall indicate in the invitation to tender the documents to be submitted In particular, the competent authority may require the submission of the following documents:

  • the written application containing the applicant's surname, first name, address, telephone number and, if available, the applicant's electronic contact details,
  • the curriculum vitae in tabular form, which contains detailed information on the previous professional education and professional career,
  • proof that the conditions for registration in the register of craftsmen have been met,
  • certificates of journeyman's examination and master craftsman's examination or equivalent qualifications; in the case of a professional qualification acquired in another Member State of the European Union, in a State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or in Switzerland, the documents and certificates to be submitted in accordance with the EU/EEA Crafts Regulation,
  • evidence of previous chimney sweeping activities and of job-related further education and training measures,
  • the declaration of consent to obtain information from the Central Trade Register,
  • a declaration as to whether, within the last twelve months prior to publication of the call for tenders, the candidate shall be against the candidate
  • criminal convictions have been issued,
  • criminal proceedings have been pending, or
  • a pending investigation has become known,
  • the indication of the applicant for the ranking of preferred sweeping districts, and
  • proof of current activity as an authorised district chimney sweep or a declaration that such an office is not exercised.


According to § 9a SchfHwG, applicants who personally meet the requirements of the craft law for the independent practice of chimney sweeping can be appointed as authorized district chimney sweeps. On the basis of the submitted application documents, the suitability, competence and performance must be demonstrated.

Additional requirements can be found in the respective public tender.


Without the appointment as an authorized district chimney sweep or sweepin, the sovereign activities associated with it may not be exercised.

Related Links

  • § 10 Chimney Sweep Crafts Act (SchfHwG)
  • § 6 Abs. 1 and § 1 Abs. 2 Handwerksordnung (HwO)

If you have submitted an application or have applied, the responsible body will check whether you meet all the requirements.

If you meet all the requirements, the competent authority will draw up a ranking of the candidates and make the selection between the candidates.

Responsible for the content
Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation

Last update or date of publication