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Become a district chimney sweep


Anyone wishing to be authorized as a district chimney sweep requires an appointment by the competent authority.

The position of authorized district chimney sweep is advertised publicly. This means that chimney sweeps must apply for one or more vacant sweeping districts or the position of authorized district chimney sweep.

Applicants may be appointed as an authorized district chimney sweep if they possess the requirements under craft law for the independent practice of the chimney sweeping trade. Applicants are selected on the basis of their suitability, qualifications and professional performance.

The advertised sweeping districts are published at www.service.bund.de.

You can find the sweeping districts for Saxony-Anhalt on the homepage of the Saxony-Anhalt State Administration Office.

In order to be appointed as a district chimney sweep, you must meet the requirements under craft law for the independent practice of the chimney sweeping trade and prove your suitability, your qualifications and your professional performance on the basis of the application documents submitted.

The competent authority shall specify in the invitation to tender which documents are to be submitted. In particular, the competent authority may require the submission of the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form, giving precise details of previous professional training and professional career
  • Proof of meeting the requirements for entry in the register of skilled trades with the chimney sweep trade
  • Certificates with grades of the journeyman's examination and the master craftsman's examination or of equivalent qualifications; in the case of a professional qualification acquired in another member state of the European Union or a contracting state to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Switzerland, the documents and certificates to be submitted in accordance with § 6 EU/EEA Handicraft Regulation
  • Proof of previous chimney sweeping activities and job-related further and advanced training measures
  • declaration of consent to obtain information from the central commercial register
  • a current declaration that the health suitability for the takeover of a district and execution of the chimney sweeping work is present
  • a declaration stating whether the applicant has been convicted of a criminal offence within the last twelve months, whether criminal proceedings are pending or whether the applicant is aware of any pending preliminary proceedings
  • Declaration of consent to obtain a certificate of good conduct from the police
  • Declaration as to whether the applicant
    • is or was the owner of a district
    • to which supervisory authority the sweeping district belongs,
    • whether the appointment has been suspended or revoked in the last 3 years prior to publication of the advertisement, or whether supervisory measures have been taken or initiated during this period in accordance with Section 21 (3) SchfHwG, and
    • that, in the event of a positive decision on this application, an existing appointment will be relinquished
  • from current or former district holders, a declaration of consent to request for inspection the personnel file at the authority to which the applicant is or was appointed
  • written and signed statement that no other application has been submitted to any other agency, and if so, to which other agency
  • if more than one district is being advertised or if the status of an authorized district chimney sweep is being advertised: an indication of the ranking of preferred districts
  • Proof of work in a company certified according to the quality seal "Fachbetrieb des Schornsteinfegerhandwerks" (specialized company of the chimney sweeping trade) or comparable individually certified company; if applicable, subdivided according to work in the own company and employee or employee in an external company. The 3 years prior to publication of the invitation to tender are decisive, whereby only full years as a self-employed person or full months as an employee are taken into account. Unemployment periods of up to 2 months are fully recognized for employees.
  • Proof of additional qualifications, e.g. business economist in the trade, certified business economist according to HwO, building energy consultant, fire protection technician, completed job-related university studies (e.g.: supply engineering; environmental engineering, technical building equipment), training authorization in the chimney sweeping trade
  • profession-specific further training in the last 7 calendar years before publication of the invitation to tender as well as in the year of the invitation to tender

Additionally required in Saxony-Anhalt:

  • Information and proof of periods of absence (illness, leave of absence, parental leave) during the last seven years of professional activity, provided that the actual chimney sweep activity after the journeyman's examination was interrupted by at least 15% in total during these years
  • for applicants who have acquired their professional qualification in another Member State of the European Union or a contracting state of the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Switzerland, a certificate from the competent authority of the state of origin that the exercise of the trade has not been prohibited due to unreliability; if such a certificate is not issued in the state of origin, the applicant may replace it by submitting a certificate stating an affidavit or solemn declaration to the competent authority of the state of origin
  • a signed self-declaration by the applicant, who has acquired his/her professional qualification in another member state of the European Union or a contracting state of the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Switzerland, that he/she has the necessary knowledge of the German language to carry out the advertised activity
  • a signed self-declaration that the applicant is in good financial standing, in particular that there are no liabilities to public institutions
  • a signed declaration of consent in the event of an advertisement that the refusal of an appointment to the assigned district by the applicant will generally result in exclusion from the application process
  • A declaration of consent to the involvement of expert third parties in the evaluation of the application

Is based on the respective administrative fee regulations of the state or on the fee statutes of the bodies responsible under state law.

The appointment of the authorized district chimney sweep shall be limited to seven years, but shall expire no later than the end of the month in which the appointed person reaches the age of 67. An authorized district chimney sweep may not reapply for appointment for at least two years after the appointment takes effect.

Country-specific tender deadlines exist.

Administrative law action

Objection (depends on the respective state law)

Please contact the State Administration Office, Economics Department.

  • Forms: Online form via chimney sweep application portal
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance required: no

For Saxony-Anhalt applies:

  • Forms: no
  • Online procedure possible: no
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no
  • Once you have submitted the application and all the documents are complete, the competent authority checks whether you meet all the requirements.
  • If you meet all the requirements, the competent authority will rank the applicants and make the selection between them.
  • The appointment is then made ex officio and must be made public.
  • It is then notified to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control for entry in the chimney sweep register.

Ministry of Economy, Tourism, Agriculture and Forestry of Saxony-Anhalt

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Landesverwaltungsamt Sachsen-Anhalt - Wirtschaft
Post Office Box 200256
06003 Halle (Saale), Stadt
Ernst-Kamieth-Straße 2
06112 Halle (Saale), Stadt
0345 514-1535
0345 514-1115

Mon. - Thurs.: 9:00 - 15:00
Fri.: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Please note:
Appointments can also be made outside office hours by individual arrangement. Please note that individual departments have different opening hours. These can be found on the respective department's website.

Further Authorities
Landkreis Harz - Ordnungsamt
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 42
38820 Halberstadt, Stadt
03941 5970-4509
03941 5970-4160