Recognition and announcement as an expert in accordance with Section 18 of the Federal Soil Protection Act Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

They can be recognised as experts in soil protection issues.

The law on the protection against harmful soil changes and on the remediation of contaminated sites (Federal Soil Protection Act - BBodSchG) provides at several places to involve experts. In order to be recognized as an expert in this field, you must have the necessary expertise and equipment, as well as be suitable for this activity due to your reliability and personal integrity.

Recognised experts are recognised and active in six different fields:

1. Area-based and location-based survey/historical exploration

2. Hazard assessment for the impact path of soil-water

3. Hazard assessment for the soil-plant impact path

4. Hazard assessment for the soil-human impact path

5. Refurbishment

6. Hazard assessment, assessment and prevention of harmful soil changes due to soil erosion by water

Once the recognition authority has checked all the requirements and your professional competence/expertise has been established, the recognition and notification shall be carried out by decision and certificate of recognition.

The recognition and notification authorities responsible for this are different in the Länder. These are often the chambers of commerce and industry, but also the chambers of civil engineering, chambers of agriculture or state offices can be responsible.

Their recognition and disclosure is partly subject to a fixed-term period, sometimes indefinitely, depending on the ordinance and the federal state.

The contact details of the recognised and announced experts are published in uniform lists.

If you already have a public order in accordance with Section 36 GewO in the field requested and have completed appropriate further training, you often also provide proof of the necessary expertise for recognition in accordance with Section 18 of the BBodSchG in conjunction with the respective ordinance. Thus, there are some experts who, in addition to their public appointment in accordance with Section 36 GewO, also have a recognition in accordance with Section 18 of the BBodSchG.

Experts in accordance with Section 18 of the BBodSchG are usually also recognised in the federal states as experts whose expertise, reliability and equipment has been checked in another federal state according to comparable requirements. There is no need for a re-examination.

  • Curriculum vitae and complete presentation of professional and expert activity to date
  • A passport image (also digital)
  • Certificate of management "for submission to an authority" in the original pursuant to Section 30 (5) of the BZRG (not older than three months)
  • Commercial central register extract "for submission to an authority" in the original in accordance with Section 150 (5) GewO (only required, in the case of commercial activity)
  • Tax safety certificate/certificate in tax matters of your competent tax office in the original
  • Copy of your liability insurance for persons, property and property damage
  • Certified copies of certificates (professional degrees, diplomas, doctoral certificate), copies of professional awards
  • Certificates of participation in specialist and expert seminars, copies of work and service certificates (e.B. certificates from the last/present employer)
  • Five self-drawn opinions per subject suitable for proving expertise in the subject requested
  • Opinion journal of the last two years
  • Qualifications for further training in the last two years

Please ask the competent authority if you need to submit further documents.

  • Form: Application form of the appreciative authority
  • Online procedure: not possible
  • Typeform requirement: yes
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes


  • You have the necessary, comprehensive expertise
  • They have the necessary equipment
  • They are personally reliable
  • You have the necessary liability insurance for the expert activity

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  • Section 18 Federal Soil Protection Act (BBodSchG)

The review of experts in accordance with Section 18 of the BBodSchG is regulated differently in all federal states and is carried out in accordance with the ordinance in force in the respective federal state.

  • You shall first make a written request. The application must indicate for which the application is to be made. With the application, you must submit further documents that are listed in the application.
  • You will receive a fee notice. In principle, the fees are due when the application is submitted.
  • In addition, the recognition authorities check the reliability as well as the equipment and your liability insurance.
  • Their professional suitability is checked by committees or specialist bodies for soil protection and contaminated sites. Here, too, you have to bear the costs.
  • The review procedure usually consists of the evaluation of your submitted opinions as well as a written elaboration and a technical discussion.
  • The result of the review will be announced to you in writing. On request, the decision can be explained in an interview.
  • Once the recognition authority has checked all the requirements and your professional competence/expertise has been determined, the recognition and notification will be made by communication and you will receive a certificate.
  • Their recognition will be published in the nationwide list of experts and will also be made public in the publication body of the recognition authority.

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