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Catering permit Exemption from blackout period


The closure period is the time in which the establishment must be closed to guests.

Pursuant to Section 18(2) of the Restaurant Act of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt (GastG LSA) of 7 August 2014, the Ordinance of 21 October 1991 on the Fixing of the Closure Period for Pubs and Restaurants as well as for Public Entertainment Venues (SperrzeitVO) of 21 October 1991, as last amended by Article 18 of the Act of 17 June 2014, expired on 31 December 2014.

This was replaced by the Hazard Prevention Ordinance of 16 December 2014 on the determination of the closure period for pubs and restaurants as well as for public entertainment venues (closure period GAVO), which came into force on 01.01.2015. In contrast to the previous blocking period VO, the GAVO blocking period does not contain any regulation of a general blocking period for pubs and restaurants.

According to § 1 Abs. 1 Ziff. 3 Closure period GAVO only begins at 1 a.m. and ends at 6 a.m. for the use for the operation of pubs and restaurants with enclosed open spaces as well as other outdoor pubs and dining establishments outdoors and in open-air marquees (so-called outdoor restaurants). In the presence of a public need or special local conditions, the blocking period can generally be extended, shortened or lifted by a hazard prevention ordinance. For individual companies, the blocking period can be shortened or cancelled for a limited period of time and revocably in the presence of a public need or special local conditions, in which case conditions can also be imposed.

  • Request for blocking time reduction
  • Short written explanation of why you are requesting a shortening of the blocking period

The granting of an exemption from the blocking period is subject to a fee in accordance with the Administrative Costs Act in conjunction with the General Schedule of Fees of the State of Saxony-Anhalt.

A deadline is not prescribed by law. However, it is advisable to apply for a shortening of the blocking period at an early stage.

An objection to a negative decision may be lodged with the competent authority in writing or orally for the record within one month of notification.

  • Shortening of the blocking period in individual cases: municipality in whose district the outdoor catering is operated, for which a shortening of the blocking period is requested,
  • General shortening of the blocking period: The municipalities, association municipalities, districts and the State Administration Office in accordance with § 94 (1) of the Act on Public Security and Order of the State of Saxony-Anhalt (SOG LSA).

State Administration Office (contact persons Mr. Oanea, Mr. Thom)

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