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

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

The authorisation of Sunday or public holiday work is provided for by law for:
- the implementation of in-house and order fairs for commercial resellers
- the prevention of disproportionate damage in a company due to special circumstances (very high sick leave, delayed delivery of materials)
- the inventory required by law, if this cannot be done on a day of the week.

If there are other reasons, these are also checked and, if necessary, the Sunday or holiday work is approved.

The general prohibition of Sunday and public holiday work does not apply to activities that serve to satisfy the daily needs of the population or those that are particularly prominent on Sundays and public holidays, such as.B:
- 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, football or leisure facilities),
- Use in emergencies and exceptional cases (work that cannot be postponed, such as repairs in the event of burst pipes or storm damage to roofs).

You can find out which documents are required in your case from the application form of the local competent authority.

Related Links

  • Catalogue of criteria for the application according to § 13 Abs. 5 Arbeitszeitgesetz ArbZG)
  • Application form Granting of exemptions for Sunday and public holiday work

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


You can only apply for permission to work on Sundays and public holidays if you are an employer.  
Authorisation may be granted if:
- the statutory inventory is to be carried out and cannot be carried out on one working day (1 Sunday per year),
- in the commercial trade, special circumstances require extended business transactions (e.B. for in-house and order fairs, which are exclusively for
commercial resellers) on 10 Sundays or public holidays,
- special conditions occur in an establishment which cause disproportionate damage.
Special circumstances exist, for example, if an unexpected number of employees fall ill at the same time or material is delivered late and thus an order
cannot be done on time (on 5 Sundays).
If there are other reasons for working on Sundays or public holidays, these will also be checked 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 Act on Shop Opening and Selling Hours (NLöffVZG)

You can apply for a permit for Sunday and public holiday work by 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 department.
- If the requirements for the approval are met, you will receive a notification of approval, otherwise a rejection notice.
- Depending on the competent local 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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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

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