Pre-press and pre-media services (

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The following formalities are performed by responsible authorities and can also be handled via the Point of Single Contact if necessary. Please specify the location via Change selection. If you choose "To the responsible Point of Single Contact for ..." (if available), the contact details of the responsible Point of Single Contact are displayed. The contact details of the competent authority/-ies are displayed after choosing the formality.

Formalities according to the Services Directive

Formalities according to the Services Directive

For taking-up and pursuit of a service the follwoing specific service-related formalities (authorisations and notifications) must always be obeyed:

  • Skilled crafts and trades; Establishing the requirement for registration of the skilled craft or trade

    Your venture may be liable to a permit under trade law or a notification. To allow the Chamber of Crafts and Skilled Trades to decide whether or not your venture requires an application for registration in the Register of Craftsmen and/or merely a notification, please start by completing the information sheet on the circumstances of your enterprise (see “Forms”). The competent Chamber of Crafts and Skilled Trades will contact you after investigating the information provided.

  • Business registration; business registration by non-EU citizens

    If you want to start a standing trade, you must report this. You must also report the start of operation of a branch office or a dependent branch office, as well as the relocation of the business.

Formalities relating to the employment of workers

Formalities relating to the employment of workers

If you would like to hire an employee you need to proceed with the following steps. These formalities CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact.

If the employment is terminated you also have to inform the authorities where the employee has been registered.

  • Posting of workers to Germany; registration and other obligations

    When posting employees to Germany, the Employee Posting Act must be observed. This law obliges both employers based in Germany and employers based abroad who employ workers in Germany to comply with statutory and, in certain sectors, collectively agreed working conditions. In addition, employers are subject to further obligations.

Tax related formalities

Tax related formalities

For taking-up and pursuit of a service please also consider the following tax related formalities which CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact:

Personal formalities

Personal formalities

We would also like to inform you about the following personal formalities which CANNOT be processed through the Point of Single Contact:

Characteristics and key concepts of the service

This service includes:

  • Typesetting including photosetting, data input on pre-press and pre-media level, including scanning and optical character recognition, electronic page display
  • Preparation of files for multi-media applications (paper printouts, CD-ROM, Internet)
  • Stereotyping services including image and plate setting (for letter press printing and offset print methods)
  • Preparation of the impression cylinders: Engraving or etching of the gravure printing cylinders
  • Preparation of the printing plates: "computer to plate" CTP (including photopolymer printing plates)
  • Preparation of plates and blocks for relief printing
  • Preparations of a technical nature for works of art such as the preparation of lithography stones and wooden blocks
  • Preparation of data storage media for presentations, e.g. slides for overhead projectors and other presentation forms
  • Preparation of sketches, layouts, dummies, etc.
  • Production of galley proofs


  • Abtastfilme für Zylindergravur, H.
  • Ätzplatten für lithografische Zwecke, rohe, H.
  • Aufziehen von Bildern, Landkarten u.Ä. auf Papier, Pappe oder Leinwand
  • Auswaschreliefdruckplatten, H.
  • Bilderaufzieherei
  • Brailledrucken
  • Buchdruckerin
  • CAD, Layout
  • Computerdruck, digitale Textbearbeitung
  • Computersatz, H.
  • Digitale Druckvorstufe (Satzherstellung und Reproduktion)
  • Digitale Textbearbeitung
  • Druckformen, H.
  • Druckplatten, H.
  • Druckstöcke, H.
  • Druckvorlagen, H.
  • Druckvorlagenerstellung für gedruckte Medien und Tonträger (Satzherstellung und Reproduktion)
  • Druckvorlagenhersteller
  • Druckvorstufe
  • Dummies, H.
  • Flachdruckreproduktionen, H.
  • Flexoklischees, H.
  • Fotogravurzeichner (Gestaltung v. Druckprodukten)
  • Fotolithos, H.
  • Fotosatz, H.
  • Fotosetzerei
  • Galvanos, H.
  • Grafiken, Skizzen usw., H.
  • Grafischer Betrieb (Gestaltung von Druckprodukten, Vervielfältigung)
  • Grafischer Betrieb (Satzherstellung und Reproduktion)
  • Halbtonkopiervorlagen, H.
  • Handsetzerei
  • Holzschnitte für Druckereien, H.
  • Kaschieren (druckbezogene Dienstleistungen)
  • Klischees, H.
  • Kunststoffklischees, H.
  • Landkartenaufzieherei
  • Layouts, H.
  • Licht- und Fotosetzerei
  • Lichtsetzerei (Lichtsatz, H.)
  • Lithografieranstalt
  • Lochen (druckbezogene Dienstleistungen)
  • Maschinensetzerei
  • Medienvorstufe
  • Mehrmetallplatten (Druckplatten), H.
  • Monometallplatten (Druckplatten), H.
  • Offsetplatten für lithographische Zwecke, rohe, H.
  • Overheadprojektionsfolien, H.
  • Perforieren (druckbezogene Dienstleistungen)
  • Prägematern, H.
  • Prägen (druckbezogene Dienstleistungen)
  • Pre-Print Agentur
  • Rasterkopiervorlagen, H.
  • Reproduktion (Druckgewerbe)
  • Retuschieranstalt (Vervielfältigung; Druckgewerbe, nicht Satzherstellung und Reproduktion)
  • Satzherstellung und Reproduktion
  • Schriftsetzerei
  • Setzerei
  • Siebdruckerin
  • Siebdrucklithos, H.
  • Skizzen, H.
  • Stanzen (druckbezogene Dienstleistungen)
  • Steindruckerin
  • Stereos (Druckplatten), H.
  • Tiefdruckreproduktionen, H.
  • Tiefdruckzylinder, H.
  • Vervielfältigung