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If you want to operate a shooting range, you need a permit.

If you want to operate a shooting range, you need a permit.


  • Proof of reliability and personal suitability,
  • Proof of insurance against liability for damage resulting from the operation of the shooting range in the amount required by law.

For shooting ranges where shots are fired in closed rooms exclusively for the testing of weapons or ammunition, there is no permit requirement, but only a notification obligation. In this case, the operator must notify the competent authority in writing two weeks in advance of the start and termination of the operation of the shooting range.

The following documents are required:

  • Unlimited information from the Federal Central Register (according to § 5 Abs. 5 Nr. 1 WaffG),
  • Statement of the local police station (according to § 5 Abs. 5 Nr. 3 WaffG),
  • Proof of the existence of liability insurance (according to § 27 para. 1 sentence 2 WaffG);
    in the case of mobile shooting ranges (shooting shops), the liability insurance sums according to § 1 para. 3 no. 2 Showman's Liability Insurance Ordinance (SchauHV) apply,
  • Proof of the existence of accident insurance (according to § 27 Abs. 1 Satz 2 WaffG).

The shooting range must be inspected (according to § 12 Abs. 1 AWaffV) by the responsible building supervisory authority with regard to the safety requirements before its first commissioning. For this purpose, an expert opinion of a recognized shooting range expert can also be obtained at the expense of the operator.

  • Weapons Act (WaffG),
  • General Weapons Act Ordinance (AWaffV),
  • § 1 Landesverordnung zur Übertragung von Aufgaben der unteren Bauaufsichtsbehörde auf amtsfreie Gemeinden und Ämter (8. VO-LBO).

Related Links

  • WaffG
  • AWaffV
  • 8. VO-LBO

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