If you want to organize a public entertainment, you must notify the municipality in writing at least one week in advance, stating the type, location and time of the event and the number of participants to be admitted. For regularly recurring, similar public entertainment, a single notification is sufficient. The obligation to notify does not apply to amusements which serve primarily religious, artistic, cultural, scientific, instructional or educational purposes or economic advertising, provided that the amusements take place in rooms which are intended for events of the intended type.
Amusement is an event which is intended and suitable to entertain, amuse, disperse or relax the visitors. Assemblies in the sense of the right of assembly are not covered by this. The entertainment is public if access is not restricted to very specific persons or to specially invited guests.
The organization of public entertainment requires permission if the required notification is not made in due time, if it is a motor sports event or if more than 1,000 visitors are to be admitted at the same time to an event that is to take place outside designated facilities. The municipalities are responsible for issuing the permit, for motor sport events the independent municipalities, district offices and large district towns. Permission is to be refused if it appears necessary to prevent danger to life, health or property or to protect against significant disadvantages or significant nuisances for the general public or the neighborhood or against significant impairment of nature or the landscape. The same applies if other regulations under public law conflict with this.
To protect these legal interests, the municipalities, and for motor sport events (see "Related topics" below) the independent municipalities, district offices and large district towns, can issue orders for individual cases for the organization of public and other amusements. If these are not sufficient or if other regulations under public law are in conflict, the event can also be prohibited.
Modifications of the aforementioned notification and permission obligations as well as other requirements can result from municipal ordinances, the existence of which you can find out about from the responsible municipality.
Priority special regulations can apply to certain events, the existence of which you can also find out about from the municipalities. Examples include public festivals, lotteries, casinos, aviation events, the burning of pyrotechnic objects and - particularly important in practice - cycling or motor sport events and, where applicable, parades that take place exclusively or partially on public roads. For the latter events in the public road space, only or additionally a traffic law permit or exception by the responsible road traffic authority is required.