Real estate agents, loan brokers, property developers, building supervisors and residential property managers; application for a license

As a real estate agent, loan broker, property developer, construction supervisor and/or residential property manager, you need a business license(s).



  • reliability
  • Orderly financial circumstances
  • for a license as a residential property manager additionally: proof of professional liability insurance

For applications from non-EU citizens: A residence permit that allows the exercise of self-employed activity is generally required.

In the case of applications by EU citizens and non-EU citizens, additional proof from the country of origin (e.g. character references, extract from the criminal record, certificates of freedom from insolvency). A certified copy of the documents and a certified German translation may be required. If such documents are not issued in the country of origin, they can be replaced by an affidavit in lieu of an oath by the trader or comparable acts under the law of the country of origin.

If the activity is carried out across borders by EU/EEA citizens from a legal establishment in another EU/EEA country in Germany, no German license is required pursuant to Section 4 GewO in accordance with Section 34c GewO.

Processing time

Processing takes a few weeks once all the documents have been submitted.

Required documents

  • Certificate of good conduct for authorities
  • Extract from the Central Trade Register

    (to be applied for at the municipality of residence)

  • Information on entries in the debtors' register of the central enforcement courts

  • Information from the competent insolvency court(s)

  • Extract from the commercial or cooperative register (if applicable)

  • for the permit as residential property manager additionally: proof of professional liability insurance

  • in the case of a power of attorney: a written power of attorney and identification of the grantor of the power of attorney and the authorized representative


  • Fees will be charged. These are set out in the fee schedule of the locally responsible office.


Administrative court proceedings; information

Administrative court action


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