List of licence-free crafts and craft-like businesses: Registration Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Anyone who registers a craft / a craft-like trade without a licence will be included in a corresponding register at the Chamber of Crafts.

If you would like to register a craft without a licence or a craft-like trade, the responsible Chamber of Crafts (HWK) will enter you in the "List of the owners of a business of a craft or a craft-like trade".

In order to be included in this list (Annexes B1 and B2), you do not need proof of qualification - unlike in the case of a craft subject to registration in the register of craftsmen.

You must immediately notify the Chamber of Crafts of the commencement of a craft or a craft-like trade without authorisation after registering a business.

Entry in this register is associated with the issuance of a craft or trade card (proof of registration). This allows you to legitimize yourself later as a registered craft or commercial enterprise.

You can submit the application for registration in person or in writing to the Chamber of Crafts; depending on the offer, you will receive the application form on the Internet.

The Chambers of Crafts may, for example, require the following documents:

  • current identity card or passport with current confirmation of registration,
  • valid residence certificate without conditions for foreigners, unless they are eu nationals,
  • Shareholders' agreement,
  • Excerpt from the commercial register.

If you make the request in writing, you must enclose the documents to be filed - depending on the board - as copies, certified copies or in the original. Detailed information on this can be obtained from the competent chamber.

Information on this can be obtained from the competent Chamber of Crafts.

§§ 18 to 20 Gesetz zur Ordnung des Handwerks (Crafts Code).

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  • §§ 18 ff. HwO

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