Itinerant trade; application for a permit

If you sell, distribute or purchase goods or offer services commercially outside a commercial establishment without a prior order, you generally need a permit (travel trade permit). You also need a travel trade permit if you carry out entertainment activities as a showman or in the manner of a showman.


In contrast to a commercial activity in an established trade, the exercise of a travelling trade does not require a trade notification but an official permit (travelling trade permit).

A travelling trade is exercised by anyone who offers, sells, distributes or purchases goods or offers services outside a commercial establishment without a prior order. This includes, in particular, visiting homes or shops (doorstep selling) without prior order or offering goods and services on the street or in squares, e.g. from non-fixed sales stands.

A travelling trade is also exercised by anyone who carries out entertainment activities as a showman or in the manner of a showman (typical fairground business).


Reliability (guarantee of proper conduct of business)


Duration of the procedure approx. 2 - 4 weeks

Required documents


    • Travel trade card: 25 to 400 EURO according to the cost schedule to the cost law (5.III.5/23)
    • Certificate of good conduct and extract from the Central Trade Register: 13 EURO each in accordance with the Code of Costs for the Judiciary (Justizverwaltungskostenordnung).


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Status: 16.08.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie

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