Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Service Center

Instruction for innkeepers

You need a restaurant permit (concession) if you want to serve alcohol in your establishment. A restaurant permit will only be granted if you can show a certificate from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce about the restaurant instruction.

Important notes


no special requirements

Documents required

Official photo ID for identification during the briefing


The proof of instruction is valid indefinitely.

Procedure & Fees


The restaurant instruction is carried out and certified by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

  • You register with an IHK for instruction
  • The training is carried out by the IHK and lasts about 45 hours
  • You will receive the certificate after the briefing
  • The certificate must be presented when applying for the restaurant permit


EUR 70 restaurant instruction

EUR 170 special catering instruction excluding the fee of a recognized interpreter

Legal notes

Legal basis

§ 4 paragraph 1 Restaurant Act (GastG)

Service description

The principles for handling food are taught to you in the instruction by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). Among other things, the topics of hygiene regulations, food law, beer, wine and milk law as well as beverage plant law are taken into account.
The chambers of industry and commerce carry out the instruction on food and hygiene regulations and issue a certificate (proof of instruction) for this.
The instruction is mostly held in German.
The certificate of participation in the training (proof of training) will be handed over by the IHK after the event. It applies nationwide.
Upon application, you can be exempted from the restaurant instruction if you have already completed certain state-recognized training occupations with an examination from an IHK, chamber of crafts or a craft guild and the contents of the restaurant instruction were the subject of the training and examination.

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Address and contact information


Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Service Center
Adolphsplatz 1 20457 Hamburg

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Opening hours

Mon-Thu 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Facility info

Mensch in einem Rollstuhl Accessible

Public transport

U3 / buses X3 / X35 / 3/4/5/6/16/17/19/31/37 town hall

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