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Become a district chimney sweep


Anyone wishing to be authorized as a district chimney sweep must be appointed by the competent authority.

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

Applicants can be appointed as an authorized district chimney sweep if they have the legal requirements for the independent practice of the chimney sweeping trade. Applicants will be 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 legal requirements for the independent practice of the chimney sweep trade and prove your suitability, qualification and professional performance on the basis of the application documents submitted.

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

  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form, containing precise details of previous professional training and professional career
  • Proof that the requirements for entry in the chimney sweep trade register have been met
  • Certificates with grades for the journeyman's examination and the master craftsman's examination or equivalent qualifications; in the case of a professional qualification acquired in another Member State of the European Union or a signatory state to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or Switzerland, the documents and certificates to be submitted in accordance with Section 6 of the EU/EEA Crafts Ordinance
  • Proof of previous chimney sweep activities and professional training and further training measures
  • Declaration of consent to obtain information from the central trade register
  • a current declaration that you are medically fit to take over a district and carry out chimney sweeping work
  • Declaration as to whether the applicant has been convicted by a criminal court within the last twelve months, whether criminal proceedings are pending or whether a pending investigation is known
  • Declaration of consent to obtain a police clearance certificate
  • 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 time in accordance with Section 21 (3) SchfHwG and
    • that an existing appointment will be relinquished in the event of a positive decision on this application
  • a declaration of consent from current or former district holders that they may request the personnel file from the authority to which the applicant is or was appointed for inspection
  • a written and signed declaration that no other application has been submitted to any other authority, and if so, to which other authority
  • if several districts are being advertised or the status of an authorized district chimney sweep is being advertised: information on the ranking of preferred districts
  • Proof of employment in a company individually certified in accordance with the "Fachbetrieb des Schornsteinfegerhandwerks" seal of approval or comparable; if applicable, subdivided according to employment in your own company and employment in a third-party company. The 3 years prior to publication of the advertisement 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 administrator in the skilled trades, certified business administrator according to HwO, building energy consultant, fire protection technician, completed professional university degree (e.g.: supply engineering; environmental engineering, technical building equipment), training authorization in the chimney sweep trade
  • Professional training in the last 7 calendar years prior to publication of the call for applications and in the year of the call for applications

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 state party to 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 schedule of the federal state or on the fee statutes of the authorities responsible under federal state law.

The appointment of the authorized district chimney sweep is limited to seven years, but ends at the latest at the end of the month in which the appointed person reaches the age of 67. An authorized district chimney sweep may not reapply for the position for at least two years after the effective date of the appointment.

There are country-specific tendering deadlines.

Administrative action

Appeal (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 documents are complete, the competent authority will check whether you meet all the requirements.
  • If you meet all the requirements, the competent authority will rank the applicants and make a selection between them.
  • The appointment is then made ex officio and must be made public.
  • The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control will then be notified for entry in the chimney sweep register.

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

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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.