Apply for a reduction in the closure time under restaurant law

There is a closing time for the restaurants and events, by which time operations must be stopped. You can request a reduction in the blocking period.

Important notes


The existence of a public need or special local conditions must be demonstrated.
However, there must be a "public need" or special local conditions for the blocking period to be shortened. A restriction would therefore have to be in the public interest, which corresponds to the "public need" of your application. This interest must be stated in detail in the application.

Documents required

Informal justification in text form regarding the existence of a public need.

Please note




However, it is advisable to apply for a curfew reduction early on.

Procedure & Fees


If you want to apply for a reduction in the blocking time, then

  • submit an application for a reduction in the blocking period online or in writing to the responsible authority as early as possible.
  • explain in detail why you see a “public need” to reduce the lockdown period. This is often justified by the event that you want to continue.
  • You will receive an approval or a notice of rejection of the application.

Processing time

1 - 2 weeks


Cost amount (fixed): EUR 45.00

Legal notes

Legal remedies


Legal basis

Ordinance on the blocking time in the restaurant and entertainment industry (blocking time ordinance)

Restaurant Act (GastG)

Service description

In some countries there is a restricted period for restaurants and events. At this time, operations must be suspended. You can request a reduction in the blocking period. The legal requirements are regulated differently depending on the country.
In the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, restaurants and bars are closed from Sunday to Thursday night from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. During this time, the catering establishments have to close.

For music performances, shows and other entertaining events, the daily closing time is from midnight to 6 a.m.

These closing times do not apply on New Year's Eve or on May 1st and 2nd. If your company is part of a folk festival or a market, this blocking period does not apply to you either.

The closure times are intended to protect the general public from constant noise pollution.

A shortening of the blocking period is possible on request.

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