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Hamburg's business authorities assist in registering your business, issue permits and provide general information on commercial matters.

Doing the official paperwork. Get to know Hamburg's business authorities.

Hamburg Business Authorities

This article was created with the assistance of Hamburg Welcome Portal.

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Hamburg has several local authorities that deal with commerce and provide a range of services for businesses and entrepreneurs. The largest is the Handelskammer Hamburg (the 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.

Service Centre
The services of the company founding centre are directed at people interested in self-employment and setting up their own business in Hamburg (except a handicraft business). You do not need an appointment to receive a free initial consultation. After your consultation you will receive a starter kit containing leaflets with useful information.

Opening hours
Handelskammer Hamburg
Adolphsplatz 1
20457 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0) 40 36138138
Fax: +49 (0) 40 36138401
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Special Advisory Service for Migrant Companies in Hamburg
Multi-lingual consultations for migrant companies, for instance in English, Polish, Arabic, Turkish, Dari or Farsi


Dr. Toufic El Masri
Phone: +49 (0) 40 36138356
Bahram Habib
Phone: +49 (0) 40 36138689
Ayhan Saka
Phone: +49 (0) 40 36138230

Hamburg Chamber of Crafts

The Handwerkskammer Hamburg (Chamber of Crafts) represents skilled craftspeople 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).

Opening hours
Handwerkskammer Hamburg
Department “Betriebswirtschaftliche Beratung”
Holstenwall 12
20355 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0) 40 35905361
Fax: +49 (0) 40 35905506
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7.45 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7.45 a.m. – 12.00
Friday: 7.45 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Hamburg Invest

Hamburg Invest is the one-stop agency for national and international investment in Hamburg as well as the central partner of Hamburg’s business sector on all topics relating to business development. We offer a wide range of services for small and medium-sized enterprises in particular.

Wexstrasse 7
20355 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0) 40 227019-0
Fax: +49 (0) 40 227019-29

Centres for Business Development, Constructing and Environment

The Centres for Business Development, Constructing and Environment at the district offices are the local points of contact for almost all administrative formalities that entrepreneurs have to complete. They advise on all aspects of business development and provide services for all related application and permit procedures across disciplines. Depending on your needs, the service team will either handle your application immediately, arrange a separate appointment or point you in the right direction. The contact details for all Centres for Business Development, Constructing and Environment can be found at (website in German language only – navigation: → Servicestellen → Wirtschaftszentren Bezirke Hamburg).

hei. Hamburger ExistenzgründungsInitiative

'Self-employment can be taught' ― that is the claim of the publicly-funded coaching programme hei., which offers seminars and courses for founders and start-ups. Application forms can be downloaded on the website or picked up in person at their office. 

hei. Hamburger ExistenzgründungsInitiative (hei Hamburg Business Start-up Initiative) offers free personal counselling for people interested in founding as well as young entrepreneurs. The initiative also establishes contact to people and institutions from the Hamburg founder network. In order to arrange a personal consultation, please call, or visit the website.

hei. Hamburger ExistenzgründungsInitiative
Besenbinderhof 39
D-20097 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0) 40 611700-0
Fax: +49 (0) 40 611700-19

Federal Employment Agency Hamburg

Unemployed persons can receive information on business founding and start-up grants (Gründungszuschuss) at the Federal Employment Agency Hamburg. For more information and assistance with next steps, the agency establishes contact to appropriate chambers, associations or start-up centres. Please schedule an appointment with the Federal Employment Agency in advance.

Agentur für Arbeit Hamburg
Kurt-Schumacher-Allee 16
20097 Hamburg

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