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Apply for an exemption from Sunday and public holiday rest for the travel industry


If you operate a travel business, you must generally comply with the provisions of the Saxony-Anhalt Shop Opening Hours Act and the Law on Sundays and Public Holidays of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.

An exception to the Sunday and public holiday rest applies to the offering of goods for sale as well as to hospitality activities in the travel industry. In addition, the derogations apply to self-employed traders who visit other persons in the course of their business. You do not need to submit an application for this.

Further exceptions shall be expressly permitted upon written request by the competent authority.

This applies, among other things, to:

  • bakery or confectionery products from bakeries and pastry shops,
  • Flowers from the flower shop,
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • as well as for predominantly self-produced or processed agricultural, wine, fish and forestry products.
  • You operate a business in the travel industry.
  • Your employees in the points of sale may be employed on Sundays and public holidays during the permitted opening hours and for a maximum of 30 minutes for preparation and follow-up. The duration of the individual employee's period of employment on Sundays and public holidays may not exceed 8 hours.
  • At least 20 Sundays a year must remain unemployed.
  • Application
  • identity card or other official identity document with passport photo,
  • Excerpt from the commercial register and
  • Travel trade card (for activities subject to travel trade cards)

There are fees between 25.00 and 100.00 euros. In addition, additional expenses may be incurred.

Your application must have been approved before the activity is carried out on Sundays and public holidays.

If the information and documents are complete, the application will be processed promptly.

Objection to the rejection of the exemption permit.

Detailed information on how to file an objection can be found in the notification.

Contact the trade office of your municipality or city where you have your habitual residence.

The granting of an exception to the Sunday and holiday rest within the meaning of § 55e GewO requires a written application in each case.

Submit your application with the necessary documents to the competent authority.

The competent authority will examine your application.

If your application is approved, you will receive the Approval in writing.

By a travel trade, the trade code understands the outpatient trade, for example,

  • owner of a market stall,
  • Showmen or
  • "flying dealers".

For the operation of a travel business, you need a permit, the travel trade card, with the exception of certain activities free of travel trade cards. Further information can be obtained on request from the trade office of the municipality or city responsible for you.

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Science and Digitalization of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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