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Procedure descriptions

List of crafts and crafts-like trades that are exempt from registration - arrange for registration

You would like to register an unlicensed craft or a craft-like trade? If so, the competent Chamber of Skilled Crafts will enter you in the "Register of Owners of a Business of a Trade Exempt from Registration or a Trade Similar to a Trade".

Responsible department

the Chamber of Skilled Crafts in whose district your commercial establishment is located



You do not need any proof of qualification.

This is different from a craft that is subject to registration in the register of crafts.


You must register an unlicensed trade or a trade similar to a trade with the competent authority.

Depending on what the Chambers of Crafts offer, the application form is available for download or can be filled out directly via a form centre. You can also submit your documents in person and fill out the application on site.


Notification of the trade activity: immediately after commencement

Required documents

  • completed application form
  • Copy of identity card or comparable identification document
  • For proof of the entrepreneurial legal form:
    • if the company has its registered office in Germany:
      • for companies entered in a register Excerpt from the commercial register or the partnership register, respectively
      • otherwise a copy of the partnership agreement (e.g. in the case of a partnership under civil law (GbR))
    • if the company is based abroad: documents from the country of domicile proving the legal form.

In the case of legal entities (GmbH, Unternehmensgesellschaften, AG, registered cooperatives), you only need to complete the application form for the legal entity itself. You must submit all personal documents for all natural persons authorised to manage the company (e.g. personal papers).


Costs may vary. Please enquire at the responsible Chamber of Crafts.

Detailed information

  • List of professions that can be operated as trades exempt from licensing or trades similar to trades: Annex B to the Crafts Code

Release note

The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Baden-Württembergische Handwerkstag e. V. für die Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Handwerkskammern released it on 21.09.2023. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.
In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.


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