Hamburg has several local authorities that deal with commerce and which provide a range of services for businesses and entrepreneurs. The largest is the Handelskammer Hamburg (Chamber of Commerce) which is the main representative of the local business community. It provides a central point for registering new businesses and issuing permits, and provides information about local commercial matters and legal affairs.
The Handwerkskammer Hamburg (Chamber of Crafts) represents skilled crafts and small businesses in Hamburg. Other, field-specific Chambers include the Hamburgische Architektenkammer (Chamber of Architects, German only), Hamburgische Ingenieurkammer-Bau (Chamber of Engineers and Construction. German only), Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg (Hanseatic Chamber of Lawyers, German only) and the Steuerberaterkammer Hamburg Hamburg (Chamber of Tax Consultants, German only).