Auctioneer trade; application for a license

If you want to auction off third-party movable property, third-party land or third-party rights on a commercial basis, you need a permit.



Permit requirements are reliability and orderly financial circumstances of the trader.

The applicant's reliability is checked on the basis of a certificate of good conduct for authorities and information from the central trade register.

The applicant's orderly financial circumstances are determined on the basis of information on entries in the register kept by the insolvency court or the enforcement court.


Duration of the procedure approx. 3 - 5 weeks

Required documents

  • valid identity card or passport

  • Proof of reliability: Certificate of good conduct for public authorities (§ 30 Para. 5 Federal Central Register Act) and information from the Central Trade Register (§ 150 Para. 5 GewO)

  • proof of financial standing

    information on entries in the register to be kept by the insolvency court or the enforcement court (section 26 subs. 2 Insolvency Code, section 915 Code of Civil Procedure)

  • in the case of a power of attorney: a written power of attorney and identification of the grantor of the power of attorney and the authorized representative

  • for registered companies, civil law companies and limited liability companies:

    • for registered companies: Commercial register excerpt or comparable registration documents from abroad (with German translation),
    • in the case of companies under civil law: articles of association,
    • in the case of a GmbH in the process of formation: a copy of the notarial formation agreement and a power of attorney from the founders, according to which the commencement of the trade is to be commenced prior to the entry in the commercial register.


  • Permit: 50 to 1,000 euros in accordance with the Schedule of Costs under the Costs Act (Tariff No. 5.III.5/13.1)


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