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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Exemption for public events on days with increased protection ("silent days") according to Sunday and public holiday law


The Sunday and public holiday laws of the countries, which differ from each other in detail, provide for bans on public events. This is especially true on days with increased protection, the "silent days", which are characterized by an atmosphere of silent remembrance and mourning or even by special solemnity. In Saxony-Anhalt, these are Good Friday, from 5 a.m. the Volkstrauertag, the Day of Repentance and Prayer and the Sunday of the Dead as well as from 4 p.m. Christmas Eve (§ 5 Act on Sundays and Public Holidays (FeiertG LSA)). The National Day of Mourning is the penultimate day, the Sunday of the Dead the last Sunday before the first Advent; the Day of Repentance and Prayer is the Wednesday between these two days.

Dance events, public sporting events and circus events are not permitted on the aforementioned "silent days". In the case of concerts and theatrical events, it depends on whether they have a predominantly entertaining or funny character, then they are inadmissible; if they are serious, they are permissible.

If the event is generally prohibited according to § 5 FeiertG LSA, it can only be admitted exceptionally for an "urgent reason". These are e.B events that are carried out due to tradition or special local conditions (e.B city anniversary). In such cases, an exemption permit is required (§ 7 FeiertG LSA).

In all cases of doubt, it is advisable to ask the competent authority whether the event is permissible or whether an exemption must be applied for.

A special group consists of events that are determined on request in accordance with § 69 of the Industrial Code (special markets, fairs, folk festivals and exhibitions). In doing so, the decisive authority must observe Sunday and holiday law. On the "silent days" (with the exception of the day of repentance and prayer and Christmas Eve) these events are also prohibited. In these cases, too, an exemption can be requested for "urgent reasons".

In principle, the public order office of your city or municipal administration is responsible for an exemption permit.
The trade offices are responsible for determining events in accordance with the Industrial Code.

  • Identity card/passport,
  • Event concept including site plan,
  • Event liability insurance,
  • Extract from the Central Trade Register for submission to an authority (document type 9)

The exemption is generally subject to a fee. The fee is between 10 and 250 euros. A fee may be waived if there are no economic interests.

A special application deadline is not provided. Experience has shown, however, that it is advisable if you submit the application as early as possible, but at least two weeks before the planned event date.

Appeal against the decision of the authority

There is no single application form, the application can be submitted informally.

Examples of public events:
Dance events, sports events, concerts and theatrical events, circus events, events according to the Trade Code (special markets, fairs, folk festivals and exhibitions)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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