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Restaurant Trade - permission for a special occasion

If you intend to commercially serve alcoholic beverages for a limited time as part of a special event that is open to the public or to a particular group of people, you will require permission according to the Restaurant Code (permit).

It will only be granted if there is a special occasion, such as:

  • public festivals
  • christmas markets
  • sporting events
  • company anniversaries

A permit is granted subject to eased conditions
It is only valid temporarily and limited to the duration and the location of the event.

Holders of itinerant trade cards also require permission in Berlin.

Prerequisites

  • Personal reliability
    This will verified only in cases in which the competent authority has no information regarding the applicant’s personal circumstances. In this case the applicant must submit an excerpt from the Federal Central Criminal Register (certificate of good conduct) and an excerpt from the Commercial Central Register.
  • Expertise
    Proof of undergone training regarding relevant knowledge about food safety regulations is only required, if the catering activities are performed regularly and sustained on particular occasions.

Documents required

  • ID-Card of the German national
    Identity card or other official identification including a photograph.
    Residence permit, if the applicant is not an EU national.
  • Up to date excerpt from the Trade Register
    Registered companies are required to submit an up to date excerpt from the Trade Register when applying. Legal entities that are in the process of being established (GmbH, AG) are required to submit their partnership agreement or statutes.
  • In certain cases training course for the restaurant trade pursuant to § 4 of the Restaurant Code (GastG)
    Certificate from a CCI for participation in a training course for the restaurant trade or a similar qualification (to be confirmed by the CCI) is required if applications are submitted repeatedly.
  • In certain cases certificate of good conduct
    Only required if the responsible authority does not have proof of reliability.
    Certificate of good conduct from the German Federal Central Criminal Register for presentation to an authority (certificate type 0).
    The certificate must be applied for in the municipality of residence (in the case of Berlin at any Citizens’ Office) for presentation to an authority. This means that it will be sent directly to the competent Public Order Office for the place the event is held. The certificates must be no older than three months.
    They can also be applied for with the Federal Office of Justice.
  • In certain cases excerpt from the Commercial Central Register, regarding a natural entity
    Only required if the responsible authority does not have proof of reliability.
    Statement from the Commercial Central Register for natural entities, for presentation to an authority (certificate type 9).
    The certificate must be applied for in the municipality of residence (in the case of Berlin at any Citizens’ Office) for presentation to an authority. This means that it will be sent directly to the competent Public Order Office for the place the event is held. The certificates must be no older than three months.
    They can also be applied for with the Federal Office of Justice.
  • In certain cases excerpt from the Commercial Central Register, regarding a legal entity
    Only required if the responsible authority does not have proof of reliability.
    Statement from the Commercial Central Register for legal entities, for presentation to an authority (certificate type 9).
    The statement must be applied for with the competent Public Order Office for the place the event is held.
    They can also be applied for with the Federal Office of Justice.
  • Application for a permit

Fees

  • EUR 55.10 minimum charge
The specific amount depends on the administrative effort involved in each case.

Average time to process request

2 weeks

Responsible authorities

The application for approval must be submitted to the Public Order Office that is responsible for the place the event is held.
The application must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the event.