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How to register a business (Gewerbe) in Germany?

This procedure is quite simple.
The registration is made at the local "Gewerbemeldestelle" or "Ordnungsamt"
There the following form has to be completed. Example (from 2005) :

(Right-Click und "Save as")

It is important to state the exact type of activity you will be performing in your business.

The registration costs between 15 & 60 Euro (Depending on the district)

Things to bring with you

  • Passport
  • Residents-Permit (non EU residents)
  • Depending on activity, maybe also a permit

Important : With a "Gewerbe" you do not have limited liability