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If you as an employer would like to have work in your company or company on a Sunday or public holiday, you need a permit for this.

As an employer, you need a permit if you want to work in your company or company on a Sunday or public holiday.

The approval of Sunday or holiday work is provided for by law for:
- the organization of in-house and order fairs for commercial resellers
- preventing disproportionate damage in a company due to special circumstances (very high sick leave, late delivery of materials)
- the inventory required by law, unless it can be carried out on a day of the week.

If there are other reasons, these will also be examined and, if necessary, sunday or holiday work will be approved.

The general prohibition of sunday and holiday work does not apply to activities which serve to satisfy the needs of the population,.B which are particularly prominent on Sundays and public holidays, such as:
- services of general interest (e.B. in the care of the sick or the care of animals),
- services (e.B. in restaurants or taxi companies) and
- leisure activities (e.B. in theatres, in football or in leisure facilities),
- Use in emergencies and exceptional cases (work that cannot be postponed, such as repairs in the event of pipe breaks or storm damage to roofs).

Which documents are required in your case can be found in the application form of the local competent authority.

Related Links

  • Catalogue of criteria for the submission of applications pursuant to § 13 (5) of the Working Time Act ArbZG)
  • Application form Granting of exemptions for Sunday and holiday work

- Please obtain the application form from the local competent authority
- Online procedure possible: no
- Written form required: yes
- Personal appearance necessary: no


You can only apply for permission to work on Sundays and public holidays if you are an employer.
The authorization may be granted if:
- the inventory required by law is to be carried out and is not feasible on a working day (1 Sunday per year),
- in the commercial sector, special conditions make extended business transactions necessary (e.B. for in-house and order fairs which are exclusively for
commercial resellers) on 10 Sundays or public holidays,
- special circumstances arise in an establishment which cause disproportionate damage.
Special conditions are present, for example, if unexpectedly many employees fall ill at the same time or material is delivered late and thus an order
can not be done on time (on 5 Sundays).
If there are other reasons for Working on Sundays or public holidays, these will also be examined and, if necessary, a permit will be issued.

  • Further information can be found on the website of the Lower Saxony Trade Inspectorate

§ 13 paragraph 3 no. 2a, 2b and 2c Working Time Act (ArbZG)
§ 13 paragraphs 4 and 5 of the Working Time Act (ArbZG)

You can find the legal basis on the Internet on the page Laws on the Internet

Related Links

  • Lower Saxony Law on Shop Opening and Sales Hours (NLöffVZG)

You can apply for a permit for Sunday and holiday work in the written procedure.
- complete the application form in question and send it to the competent local authority, including the documents listed in the application,
- If the necessary documents or information for processing are incomplete, you will be contacted by the processing department.
- If the requirements for the approval are met, you will receive a notification of approval, otherwise a rejection notice.
- Depending on the locally responsible authority, the notification will be sent to you by e-mail or by post.
- The fee notice will usually be sent to you later.

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