Pawn shops: permit Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If you want to operate the business of a pawnbroker or pawn broker, you need a permit.

If you want to operate the business of a pawnbroker or pawnbroker, you need the permission of the competent authority. The authorisation may be subject to conditions to the extent necessary for the protection of the general public or the pledgers; under the same conditions, the subsequent inclusion, amendment and supplementation of conditions is also permitted.

Permission shall be refused if:

  • facts justify the assumption that you do not have the reliability required for the business operation, or
  • You do not prove the funds or corresponding collateral required for the business operation.

The pawnbroker must notify the competent authority of the commencement of the business and any change of premises used.

The pawnbroker is obliged to keep accounts.

  • Extract from the commercial register, insofar as the company is entered in the register,
  • Certificate of good conduct
  • Excerpt from the Central Trade Register.

In the case of legal persons, the documents for the persons authorised to represent in the shareholders' agreement and articles of association must be submitted:

  • information about entries from the debtor register, the district court in whose district the applicant had his residence or a commercial establishment in the last 3 years and
  • Proof of the funds or collateral required for the business operation (bank guarantee) or financing commitment of the bank.

Elektronischer Antrag Erlaubnis zur Ausübung eines Pfandleihgewerbes gemäß § 34 GewO (Antragsassistent des Einheitlichen Ansprechpartners Schleswig-Holstein)


The permit to operate the business of a pawnbroker is valid throughout the Federal Republic.
A pawnbroker can be in possession of an auction permit at the same time (and vice versa). However, he is not allowed to carry out the auction himself.

  • §§ 14, 34 Gewerbeordnung (GewO),
  • Ordinance on the Business Operations of Commercial Pawnbrokers (Pfandleiherverordnung - PfandlV),
  • Landesverordnung über Verwaltungsgebühren (Allgemeiner Gebührentarif) (Tarifstelle 11.6.1) - VwGebV.

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  • GewO
  • PfandlV
  • VwGebV

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