Pharmacy; application for operating license.

If you want to open a new pharmacy or take over one, you must apply for an operating license.


Anyone wishing to run a pharmacy, whether as owner, tenant or manager, requires a permit in accordance with the Pharmacy Act. This permit must be applied for at the locally responsible district administrative authority (district office, independent city).

The governments of Upper Bavaria and Upper Franconia are responsible for granting permission to operate a hospital pharmacy throughout Bavaria. Specifically, the government of Upper Bavaria is responsible for the administrative districts of Lower Bavaria, Upper Bavaria and Swabia, while the government of Upper Franconia is responsible for the administrative districts of Middle Franconia, Upper Franconia, Lower Franconia and Upper Palatinate.

Various documents are required for the application (see under "Required documents").

The pharmacy may not be opened until it has been approved by the competent authority, which has certified that the pharmacy meets the legal requirements.

The permit may also be withdrawn or revoked by the competent authority under certain conditions.

Required documents

  • Application for a pharmacy operating licence

    with details of when you intend to operate which pharmacy in which capacity (owner, tenant, etc.)

  • Deeds

    Licence to practise medicine (original or certified copy), if applicable, doctorate certificate (original or certified copy)

  • Medical certificate

    This must explicitly state that you are physically and mentally fit to run a pharmacy, and that you are free of addictive disorders.

  • Extract from the central business register
  • official certificate of good conduct
  • Identity card or passport
  • Confirmation by the Chamber of Pharmacists of the activities reported to it and statement on reliability
  • affidavit

    In doing so, you affirm that you have not entered into any agreement that violates § 8 Sentence 2, § 9 Paragraph 1, § 10 or § 11 ApoG and that you have submitted the purchase or lease agreement for the pharmacy as well as, at the request of the authorities, other contracts related to the establishment and operation of the pharmacy. The affidavit is best submitted in person to the district administration authority

  • Declaration on the operation of other pharmacies

    You must state in writing whether and, if so, at what location you operate one or more pharmacies in another Member State of the European Union or in another State party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or in a Contracting State to which Germany and the European Union have granted a corresponding legal right by treaty.

  • Resume

    with details of training and previous professional activity, in particular proof of pharmaceutical activity for the last two years before the application is submitted

  • Plans

    - Official site plan of the property with exact location (only necessary for the construction of a new pharmacy)

    - Construction drawing of the intended business premises

    The intended use, as well as the respective size (sqm) of the rooms must be indicated. However, this is usually only required for newly built pharmacies.

    - Proof of space (original or certified copy)

  • Proof of actual power of disposal over the pharmacy (original or certified copy)

    - as owner of the pharmacy: purchase contract, donation contract, last will and testament

    - as lessee of the pharmacy: lease contract

    - declaration of the lessor: the lessor must submit a written declaration to the district administration authority regarding the reason for the lease (§ 9 Para. 1 No. 1 ApoG)

    - as manager of the pharmacy: management contract


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Status: 10.05.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Gesundheit und Pflege

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