Business Deregistration

Would you like to give up your business? Then you have to deregister this at the responsible office.

Any person who definitively gives up the independent operation of a standing trade, the operation of a branch or a dependent branch must at the same time notify the competent authority of this.

  • Completed form for business deregistration (GewA 3)
  • Proof of identity (e.g. identity card or passport)
  • In the case of electronic business deregistration, other options for identification are also possible (e.g. electronic identity card, De-Mail, PIN/TAN procedure).
  • Notarized articles of association or extract from the commercial register, consent of the shareholders (in the case of legal entities or partnerships)
  • Declaration of approval by shareholders
  • Supplement Authorized Representatives


Final deregistration of a commercial enterprise.

Related Links

  • § 14 Gewerbeordnung (GewO) (obligation to notify)
  • § 15 Industrial Code (GewO) (Acknowledgement of Receipt)
  • § 55c Gewerbeordnung (GewO) (obligation to notify the travel industry)
  • State Ordinance on the Fees of the Authorities of the Economic Administration (Special List of Fees)

The business can be deregistered in writing or electronically.

If the notification is submitted in writing, the form "Business deregistration "GewA 3" must be used. It is available in your municipality, or is also available for download, depending on the offer of your municipality.

The form must be signed by hand.

In the case of electronic deregistration, the competent body may provide for certain procedures for establishing identity. This includes, among other things, the use

  • of the PIN/TAN procedure
  • of the electronic identity card
  • of the electronic residence permit
  • de-mail according to § 5 De-Mailgesetz
  • or the sending of a copy of the identity card or passport.

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