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Anyone wishing to perform an independent, permitted (not socially unworthy and generally not forbidden), profit-making and long-term activity is obliged to notify the competent authority of the start of the activity (Section 14 Trade...

Anyone wishing to perform an independent, permitted (not socially unworthy and generally not forbidden), profit-making and long-term activity is obliged to notify the competent authority of the start of the activity (Section 14 Trade Regulations). The same applies to the establishment of a branch or a dependent branch.
The business announcement online service enables traders to record registrations, changes and de-registrations online.

In the case of partnerships (e.g. OHG, KG), the shareholders authorized to manage the company are to be regarded as traders.
In the case of legal entities (e.g. GmbH, AG), the obligation to notify lies with the legal representative (s) (e.g. managing director of a GmbH).

According to § 6 GewO, the following are excluded from the notification requirement:

  • freelance work (e.g. doctor, architect, tax advisor),
  • Primary production (e.g. agriculture and forestry), and
  • mere administration of one's own assets.


Among other things, you will receive a message from the business advertisement

  • the responsible tax office,
  • the Chamber of Commerce or the Chamber of Crafts,
  • the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV),
  • the State Office for Occupational Safety and Health.

This notification does not replace a special notification or authorization requirement; In particular, in the case of craft businesses, a registration with the Chamber of Crafts or, in the case of activities requiring a permit, a corresponding permit is required (e.g. broker permit, guard permit, restaurant permit).

The entry in the commercial register does not replace / contain the notification in accordance with § 14 of the trade regulations. The trade must therefore be registered, de-registered or re-registered separately with the responsible district office.


Address and contact information

Important notes

Documents required

Electronic copy:
  • the identity card or passport with the last registration certificate
  • the extract from the commercial register for legal entities (e.g. GmbH, AG) as well as partnerships (e.g. KG, GmbH & Co. KG) or registered companies (e.g. registered merchant)
  • the commercial license (only businesses that require a license)
  • the craft card (only for craft activities)
  • of the residence permit (only for non-EU citizens)

Please note

Use of the online procedure is subject to a fee .
Duplicates cannot be created in the online process.


If you have any questions about the status of your business registration, please contact the district office responsible for the company headquarters (responsibility finder trade office, see further links) or the telephone HamburgService on +49 40 115.

If you have any questions about operation or technical problems , please contact the Commercial Process Support.
Phone: +49 40 428 99-2255
Email: gewerbe-verfahren@altona.hamburg.de

Procedure & Fees

Processing time

The processing time is approximately two weeks.

Fees

20 EUR (for partnerships, e.g. GbR, OHG, GmbH & Co. KG etc., 20 EUR per partner).

Legal notes

Legal basis

§ 14 Trade Regulations

Downloads & Links

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