Permission to operate a prostitution site

The operation of a prostitution business is subject to a permit.

The permit to operate a prostitution business must be applied for at the competent authority. (Reservation of permission)

§ 12 Abs. 1 Prostitute Protection Act (ProstSchG):
The operation of a prostitution site requires the permission of the competent authority. The permit may be limited in time.
The licence shall be renewed on application if the conditions for granting the licence continue to apply.

§ 12 Abs. 2 Prostituiertenschutzgesetz (ProstSchG):
The permit for the operation of a prostitution site is used at the same time for a certain operating concept and for certain structural facilities, facilities and rooms located in it.

If the conditions are met, there is a legal entitlement to the granting of a permit to operate a prostitution business.

For a permit pursuant to § 12 (1) of the Prostitute Protection Act, the following documents must be attached to the application in accordance with § 12 (5) of the Prostitute Protection Act:

1. the operating concept,
2. the other necessary documents and information on the
Proof of the existence of the permit requirements as well as

3. Name, date of birth and address of the person for whom
the permit is applied for, or at a legal entity
or association of persons, their company name, address, number of the register form in the commercial register and their registered office.

The licensing authority shall inform you which additional documents are to be submitted.

Forms: yes
Online procedure possible: yes
Written form required: yes
Personal appearance necessary: usually yes


Legal capacity of the applicant.
According to §§ 14,15 ProstSchG, the applicant or the person designated as deputy or manager must have the necessary reliability.
As a rule, the required reliability is not given if the person fulfils a characteristic listed in §15 paragraph 1 ProstSchG.

According to § 16 paragraph 1 ProstSchG, the operating concept must describe the essential characteristics of the company and the precautions for compliance with the obligations under this Act.

§ 16 paragraph 2 ProstSchG lists the essential aspects that are to be explained in the operating concept.

  • Further information for operators

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  • § 12 Abs. 2 Prostituiertenschutzgesetz - ProstSchG

The granting of a permit requires an application:

- An application must be submitted to the competent authority using the prescribed forms, accompanied by the necessary documents.
- The submitted documents will be checked for completeness and conclusiveness.
- If necessary, documents will be requested.
- If necessary, an on-site appointment will be arranged.
- A personal interview is arranged on a regular basis.
- If all conditions are met, permission will be granted. The applicant receives the permit notice.
Otherwise, a rejection notice will be issued.

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

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