The independent performance of a craft requiring approval from permanent premises is only permitted to natural and legal entities and private companies who are included in the Register of Craftsmen.
A Business is considered a trade requiring approval if it is operated on a craft-oriented basis and fully comprises a trade included in attachment A of the Crafts Code or if activities are performed that are essential to this trade.
In the case of registration as a one-man business
A Master Craftsman Certificate issued by a German Chamber of Crafts for the craft performed or a craft that is considered related to it or a degree certificate from a technical university or a state or state-approved technical college for technology and design or an exemption permit pursuant to § 8 or § 9 sect. 1 no. 1 HwO. The following documents are required, if technical supervision is performed by an employed operations manager: An employment contract for the operations manager, registration for the operations manager with the statutory social security system, notification by the operations manager stating whether they are otherwise active as an employee or an independent tradesperson.
In the case of registration as a private company
A completed and signed application for registration, evidence of qualification for the operations manager. If planning provides for an operations manager to be employed, evidence as listed above must be provided for hiring such an operations manager. Furthermore, private companies must provide a partnership agreement and in the case of an OHG or a KG an excerpt from the trade register (in the case of new company a notarised founding contract) for registration in the Register of Craftsmen.
In the case of registration in the Register of Craftsmen as a legal entity
A filled in and signed application for registration, a Master Craftsman Certificate or relevant proof of qualification for the operations manager, if planning provides for hiring such an employee. In the case of a registration as a legal entity, an excerpt from the trade register or in the case of a newly founded company, a notarised founding contract are also required for registration in the Register of Craftsman.
Registration form for the Register of Craftsmen
possible exemption permits according to §§ 7a, 7b, 8, 9 sect. 1 no. 1 HwO
Only required if one of the indicated exceptional cases applies.
possible declaration by company management
Only required if you are not a Master Craftsman yourself but have employed an operations manager who is in charge of technical supervision.
The following fees arise for registration in the Register of Craftsmen:
- With master craftsmen examination or other entitlement: EUR 80.00
- With equivalent examination: EUR 140.00
- With exemption permit: EUR 105.00
- With business entitlement: EUR 105.00
- For legal entities or private companies with the involvement of a legal entity: EUR 180.00
- For other private companies: EUR 140.00, plus half the amount for each additional partner, in the case of more than 2 partners
- With an employed operations manager, additionally: EUR 60.00
- Changes in the Register of Crafts / issuing of a replacement crafts card: EUR 15.00
- Exemption permits and business entitlement: (§§ 7a,7b, 8, 9 HwO) 280.00 EUR
See also schedule of fees
and the current list of fees
by the Berlin Chamber of Crafts.
Registration in or exemption from the Register of Craftsmen must be applied for with the Chamber of Crafts that is responsible for the main business premises. If this address is not yet known, registration can also be applied for with the Chamber of Crafts that is responsible for the applicant’s place of residence.