Trade register; application for registration

Registration in the Register of Craftsmen is required for the independent operation of a craft requiring a license as a standing trade. Proof of professional qualification is a prerequisite for entry in the Register of Craftsmen.

Description

Prerequisites

Entry in the Register of Craftsmen requires that you - or a manager employed by you - meet the personal requirements for entry in the Register of Craftsmen, i.e.

  • have passed the master craftsman's examination (§ 7 Para. 1a HwO), or
  • meet the requirements of § 7 Para. 2 HwO, according to which engineers, graduates of technical universities and of state or state-recognized technical colleges for technology and design with the craft subject to licensing that corresponds to the study or school focus of their examination are also entered in the register of craftsmen. This also applies to persons who have successfully passed another German state or state-recognized examination that is at least equivalent to the master craftsman's examination for the practice of the relevant craft requiring a license.
  • have an exemption permit (Section 7 (3) HwO) or authorization to practice (Section 7 (7) HwO) for the relevant craft (for details, see "Crafts law; exemptions as prerequisites for entry in the register of craftsmen"), or
  • as ethnic German repatriates, provide credible evidence to the Chamber of Skilled Crafts responsible for their place of permanent residence that they were self-employed in a skilled craft as a standing trade or were authorized to instruct apprentices prior to resettlement. Section 10 (3) and (4) HwO shall apply mutatis mutandis to the prima facie evidence.

Registration takes place upon application by the business owner to the local Chamber of Skilled Crafts. Registration in the Register of Craftsmen is associated with the issue of a Craftsmen's Card. You can use the craftsman's card to legitimize yourself as a registered craftsman's business.

The following documents must be submitted

1. identity card of the displaced person

2. documents proving that you were authorized to run a craft business in your home country or that you were authorized to train apprentices in your home country

If the original documents within the meaning of no. 2 have been lost, they must be credibly proven:

  • by a written declaration made in lieu of an oath by a person who, due to their previous official position in the applicant's district (e.g. applicant of the Trade Licensing Office, Chamber of Crafts or Chamber of Commerce), has personal knowledge of the previous self-employed activity or the authorization to train apprentices (e.g. if they registered the apprenticeship contract or were a member of an examination board or issued the trade card themselves) or
  • by written declaration in lieu of an oath by two persons who have personal knowledge of the training authorization or the previous self-employed activity, e.g. they have seen apprenticeship contracts in which the applicant is named as the trainer or they have seen the document containing the training authorization, etc.

Deadlines

Registration must take place before the commencement of business operations.

Required documents

  • Proof of qualifications

    (e.g. master craftsman's diploma, engineering technician's diploma)

  • Registration of a trade or business

    (may be submitted at a later date)

  • For corporations (with the exception of BGB companies): Excerpt from the commercial register

    (for incorporation: notarized memorandum of association)

  • For partnerships: Memorandum of association

  • For hiring of an operations manager (required in all cases for legal entities):

    - employment contract,
    - registration of the operations manager with the statutory social security insurance,
    - notification advising whether or not the person is active elsewhere as an operations manager or a self-employed (independent) tradesperson or businessperson

  • If necessary, please provide additional documents depending on the circumstances of the particular case

  • All necessary documents can be submitted as photocopies (certified if necessary).

Regional complement (Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern)

Forms

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Information sheet of the Chambers of Crafts and Skilled Trades
    Please note

    This form requires no signature. You can sent it electronically (e.g. by secure email or De-Mail) or as hardcopy to the responsible authority.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Eintragung in die Handwerksrolle der Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern
    Please note

    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.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Eintragung in die Handwerksrolle der Handwerkskammer für Schwaben
    Please note

    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.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Eintragung in die Handwerksrolle der Handwerkskammer für Niederbayern-Oberpfalz
    Please note

    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.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Eintragung in die Handwerksrolle der Handwerkskammer für Oberfranken
    Please note

    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.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Eintragung in die Handwerksrolle der Handwerkskammer für Mittelfranken
    Please note

    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.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Eintragung in die Handwerksrolle der Handwerkskammer für Unterfranken
    Please note

    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.

Online procedures

Regional complement (Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern)

  • Handwerksrolle online

    You can submit the completed registration application to us electronically via the customer portal.

Fees

  • Approx. 70-153 EUR. Electronic payment via online banking is possible. Information on this is provided by the relevant Chamber of Crafts.

Regional complement (Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern)

  • Initial registration with issuance of handicraft card/commercial card

    • for natural persons: 50,00 EUR
    • for legal entities or partnerships: 100,00 EUR

    Change of registration with issuance of a new handicraft card/business card except address and/or name changes: 30.00 EUR

Remedy

Administrative court proceedings; information

The registration or refusal of registration constitutes an administrative act. The decision of the Chamber is subject to administrative appeal pursuant to Section 40 VwGO.

Links to more information

Status:03.01.2024

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

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