Business Deregistration

Would you like to discontinue your business, move it to a location that falls within the jurisdiction of a municipality other than the one previously responsible, or would you like to change the legal form of your business? Then you have to deregister your business. You can find out more here.

If you want to cease the operation of your business, you are obliged to deregister your business.

The same applies if you move the headquarters of your company or a branch or a dependent branch of your company to a new location and this results in the responsibility of a different municipality. First, deregister your business or business at the previous location. Then log it back in to the new location.

If you change the legal form of your business, a business deregistration is also required. First of all, you must deregister your business under the previous legal form. You then re-register your business under the new legal form.

If you move your head office of your company or a branch or a dependent branch of your company to a new location without changing the responsibility within the municipality, a business re-registration is sufficient.

The deregistration of the following persons or their authorised representatives shall be carried out:

  • in the case of individual trades, by the trader himself,
  • in the case of corporations (e.B. GmbH, AG) by the legal representative(s).

In the case of partnerships (e.B. OHG, KG, GbR/BGB-Gesellschaft, GmbH & Co. KG), business deregistrations must be made by all shareholders entitled to manage

  • The fully completed and signed "Business Deregistration" - GewA 3
  • Copy of the identity card or passport with registration certificate, or presentation on site. In the case of electronic business deregistration, depending on the municipality, further suitable and appropriate procedures for establishing identity (e.B. PIN/TAN procedure, the electronic ID function, De-Mail or a self-declaration of identity).
  • Copy of the commercial registerExescript if your company is entered in the commercial register (also: cooperative register, register of associations)
  • You can deregister your business in person or by electronic means.
  • In the case of personal deregistration, you must fill out the form "Business Deregistration" - GewA 3 and sign it personally.
  • In the electronic procedure, the same data is collected as in the context of personal deregistration. However, the form of the form form may be deviated from and there is no signature requirement.
  • In the case of electronic deregistration, the body responsible for deregistration can use suitable and appropriate procedures to determine your identity in the online procedure (e.B. PIN/TAN procedure, the electronic ID function, De-Mail or a self-declaration of identity).

Related Links

  • § 14 Industrial Code (GewO)

Preconditions

  • The fully completed and signed "Business Deregistration" - GewA 3
  • Copy of the identity card or passport with registration certificate, or presentation on site. In the case of electronic business deregistration, depending on the municipality, further suitable and appropriate procedures for establishing identity (e.B. PIN/TAN procedure, the electronic ID function, De-Mail or a self-declaration of identity).
  • Copy of the commercial registerExescript if your company is entered in the commercial register (also: cooperative register, register of associations)

Hints

If the cessation of the business is clearly determined and you do not deregister your business, the deregistration will be carried out ex officio.

  • Directive (EC) No 2006/123 on services in the internal market
  • § 4 Industrial Code (GewO)

Related Links

  • § 14 Abs. 1 Gewerbeordnung (GewO)
  • § 2 Abs. 1 Gewerbeanzeigeverordnung (GewAnzV)

You can deregister your business in writing or electronically.

You will receive a certificate from the authorities to receive your business deregistration.

The body responsible for deregistration forwards the business deregistration to other bodies, such as the tax office, the employers' liability insurance association, the Chamber of Crafts or the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and, if necessary, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. the registry court.

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

Last update or date of publication
09.02.2021