Real estate agent, loan broker, property developer, building supervisor or residential property manager; application for a license

Would you like to broker real estate or loan agreements on a commercial basis? You need an official permit for this. This also applies if you want to manage residential properties or prepare and carry out construction projects on a commercial basis.



  • Personal reliability, i.e. you have not been convicted of a criminal offense in the last five years
  • Orderly financial circumstances, i.e. you are not in private insolvency or entered in the debtor register
  • Only additionally required when applying for a license as a residential property manager: Professional liability insurance for financial losses that may result from commercial activities as a residential property manager


You submit an application for the permit, which is checked by the competent authority.

  • You send the completed application form together with the supporting documents to your authority.
  • The authority will check whether you meet the requirements.
  • You will receive the permit for the requested activity by post.



Processing time

The processing time is several weeks for complete documents.

Required documents

  • The following documents are required:

    • Certificate of good conduct and information from the central business register
      (both for submission to an authority)
    • Information from the insolvency court as to whether proceedings have been opened (so-called negative certificate)
    • Extract from the debtors' register of the central enforcement court
    • For the licence as a residential property manager, additional proof of existing pecuniary damage liability insurance is required
    • If necessary, further documents


  • Costs are incurred. The exact amount can be found in the fee schedule of the responsible authority.




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