Weapons manufacture; application for a permit

If you want to manufacture, process or repair firearms or ammunition, you need a firearms manufacturing license.



The applicant must have the required reliability and personal suitability (see §§ 5 and 6 WaffG).

If you operate as a craftsman, you must meet the necessary requirements under the Crafts Code.

The permit may be refused if you are not a German citizen within the meaning of Article 116 of the German Basic Law or if you have neither your habitual residence nor a commercial establishment within the area of application of this law.

Special notes

The holder of a permit must notify the competent authority within two weeks of the commencement and cessation of operations and of the opening and closing of a branch or dependent branch.

If commercial firearms manufacturing is to be operated by a deputy, a separate deputy permit must be applied for in respect of this person. This also applies if someone is appointed to manage a branch office or a dependent branch. The deputy permit is linked to the associated Weapon Manufacturing Permit. The same requirements must be met for a deputy permit as for a Weapon Manufacturing Permit.

Required documents

  • Proof of reliability and personal suitability

  • in the case of craft-based operation: Proof of entry in the register of craftsmen


    • Issuance of a weapons manufacturing license according to § 21 para. 1 WaffG: 100 to 2,700 Euro
    • Issuance of a deputy permit according to § 21a WaffG: 50 to 500 Euro

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