Licence under catering law; application
If you want to operate a catering trade requiring a permit for a special reason, you need a permit under catering law.
Catering for profit, where alcoholic beverages are served, is subject to licensing according to Section 2 (1) GastG (the district administrative authority is responsible for issuing a corresponding restaurant licence). If only non-alcoholic beverages and/or prepared meals are served, the establishment is not subject to licensing.
If you wish to operate a licensed catering business only temporarily due to a special occasion (e.g. club, town, music festival, etc.), the operation can be permitted by the responsible municipality according to § 12 GastG under eased conditions (as a rule, no proof of instruction and no building permit is required).
The prerequisite is that it is only a temporary catering on the occasion of an event. According to case law, a special occasion is deemed to exist if the gastronomic activity in question is linked to a short-term, non-frequent event that is outside the scope of the gastronomic activity (the occasion must therefore be exclusively non-gastronomic in nature).
Profit is also deemed to be commercial if it is used for charitable purposes.
Just like the licence to operate a restaurant, the licence under hospitality law is also space-related and can therefore only be granted for a specific location (i.e. not for a specific beer tent, for example, regardless of the specific location). A permit is also required if the applicant is the holder of a travel trade permit.
The prerequisite is the reliability of the trader. If the personal circumstances of the applicant are not known to the municipality, the reliability is checked on the basis of a certificate of good conduct and information from the central trade register. A certificate of good conduct and information from the central business register are not generally required if the applicant is in possession of a travel trade card.
It is also a prerequisite that the premises meet the necessary structural requirements.
Proof of training (on participation in a 6-hour IHK course) is generally not required unless the trader carries out the gastronomic activity regularly and sustainably on certain occasions (and thus as his main occupation).
The application for the granting of a permit under catering law on the occasion of an event must be submitted in writing to the municipality in good time (2 weeks in advance).
Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide:
Antrag auf vorübergehenden Gaststättenbetrieb [Dateiformat: pdf]
This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.
- Permit: 30 to 2000 EUR
- Certificate of good conduct and extract from the commercial register: 13 EUR each
Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie
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