Guarding trade; application for a permit

If you want to guard the lives or property of other people on a commercial basis, you need a permit. You may only use reliable guards to carry out your guarding activities.



  • reliability of the trader and his staff
  • the means or security required for the business operation
  • familiarity with or knowledge of the legal regulations necessary for the exercise of the trade
  • adequate liability insurance

Special notes

Before issuing the permit, the authorities will obtain at least a statement from the police and an unrestricted extract from the Federal Central Register.


Processing time approx. 4 - 6 weeks

Processing time

The processing time is approx. 4 - 6 weeks.

Required documents

  • if applying for a legal entity (e.g. UG, GmbH, AG), the current excerpt from the commercial, cooperative or association register

  • Certificates in tax matters from the tax office and the municipal tax office; in the case of legal entities, from all legal representatives

  • Copy of identity card, passport with registration certificate, passport or identity card replacement or other official identification document; in case of legal entities, of all legal representatives

  • Proof of having successfully passed the expert examination or other recognizable proofs

    Proof of successful completion of the expert examination or other recognizable proof for the person submitting the application as well as for the persons to be entrusted with the management of the company or a branch office; in the case of legal entities, for the legal representatives, insofar as they themselves are directly involved in the performance of guarding tasks or have not entrusted a person with the management of the company or a branch office who possesses an expert certificate or corresponding other proof

  • Proof of liability insurance

  • Information from the debtors' register


    • Guarding permit: 100 to 1500 EUR in accordance with the schedule of costs under the Costs Act (tariff no. 5.III.5/12)
    • Central trade register extract: EUR 13 in accordance with the Code of Judicial Administration Costs
    • Examination of expertise at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce: approx. 150 EUR
    • Instruction with confirmation (proof of instruction) at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce: approx. EUR 425 for security personnel (per security guard)


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