Procedure descriptions

Directory of businesses which do not require a permit and are similar to crafts - applying for registration

Do you wish to register a business which does not require a permit and is similar to a craft? Then the competent chamber of craftsmen will enter you in the "directory of the owners of a business of a craft which does not require a permit or a business which is similar to a craft".

Responsible department

the Chamber of Crafts and Trades (Handwerkskammer) in whose district your commercial subsidiary is located



You do not require any proof of qualifications. This is different compared to a craft which requires a permit and must be entered into the register of craftsmen.


A craft which does not require a permit or a business which is similar to a craft must be immediately notified to the chamber of craftsmen in whose area the commercial business is located.

In accordance with what is offered by the chambers of crafts, the application form is available for downloading or can be filled in directly via a form centre. You can also hand in your documents personally and fill in the application on site.

Required documents

  • Completed application form
  • Copy of personal identity document or comparable identification paper
  • For proof of legal form of the business:
    • In case of the business being located in Germany:
      • In case of a business entered in a register: Extract from the Commercial Register or the partnership register
      • Otherwise, a copy of the articles of association (for example in case of a partnership under the German Civil Code - GbR)
    • In case of the business being located abroad: Documents from the relevant country which prove the legal form.

In case of legal persons (GmbH, company, AG, registered co-operative), you must merely fill in the application form for the legal person itself. You must submit all personal documents for all natural persons who are authorised to run the business (for example personal papers).


Various costs can be incurred. Please make enquiries at the competent chamber of craftsmen.

Detailed information

A list of the professions which can be operated as crafts which do not require a permit or which are similar to crafts can be found in Annex B of the Crafts Act.

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 02.08.2019. 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.