Use of coats of arms

If you want to use a coat of arms of the community, you need a permit from the federal, state, district, office or municipality.

A coat of arms is a sign created according to certain rules in the form of a shield. Coats of arms represent people, families, certain groups of people or personified objects, organizations and communities. Each federal state has its own coat of arms . In addition, there are the coats of arms of the municipalities.

The use of the respective coats of arms of the community requires the approval of the state or the respective municipality.


The state coat of arms of Schleswig-Holstein is a state emblem and specially protected.

In principle, only state authorities and notaries may use it. Any other use of the coat of arms that goes beyond an artistic, arts and crafts or heraldic-scientific purpose (heraldry = coat of arms) as well as for purposes of teaching and civic education is only permitted with the permission of the Ministry of the Interior, Rural Areas, Integration and Equality of the State of Schleswig-Holstein. In order to preserve the character of the national coat of arms as a symbol of state sovereignty and to avoid the impression of a state measure, participation or promotion, a permit is generally not granted to private individuals, companies, associations and organizations for the use of the national coat of arms in letterheads, brochures and other printed products, on Internet pages as well as on everyday objects and so on.

Further information on state symbols can be found on the Internet portal of the state government of Schleswig-Holstein and the Federal Ministry of the Interior.

  • Coat of arms schleswig-Holstein
  • State symbols of the Confederation
  • Act on the Sovereign Emblems of the State of Schleswig-Holstein (Hoheitszeichengesetz - HoheitsG),
  • Landesverordnung zur Durchführung des Hoheitszeichengesetzes (Hoheitszeichenverordnung HoheitsVO).

Related Links

  • Sovereign Court
  • Sovereign Decree

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