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Apply for permission to sell goods at trade fairs, festivals and on special occasions


If you wish to offer goods for immediate sale on the occasion of a trade fair or exhibition, a market (e.B. fair, Christmas market, etc.), in the context of public events or festivals (e.B. community festival, shooting festival, inauguration celebrations, etc.) or in the context of another comparable event, you do not need a travel trade card if you have permission from the competent authority. Sufficient is a permit, which you must apply to the competent authority. If you already have a travel trade card, this is sufficient. In this case, you no longer need additional permission to sell at such an event.

After applying for a permit, the competent authority decides whether to agree to your application to sell the goods. The competent authority shall grant permission for a specific location and for a specific event, i.e. for a limited period of time.

Permission is non-transferable. It does not replace any other permits and permits that may need to be obtained from other authorities (e.B. road or road traffic permits – special use permits).

In certain cases, you do not need a travel trade card or any other commercial permit to sell goods at the above events. This applies to the following cases:

  • They sell home-made products from agriculture, forestry, vegetable, fruit and
  • horticulture, poultry farming and beekeeping, hunting and fishing.
  • You sell goods in the municipality where you are registered with your residence or where you have registered your commercial establishment. However, this exception only applies if the municipality has no more than 10 000 inhabitants.
  • They sell milk and, if necessary, milk products (e.B. yoghurt, kefir, butter, cheese, etc.) and still have a permit under the Milk and Margarine Act.
  • They sell food or other everyday goods from a sales cart or a stall ("mobile shop") and always do so outside fixed markets (e.B weekly markets) at regular, shorter intervals in the same place.
  • They sell printing works on public roads, streets, squares or other public places. According to the Press Act, the term "printing" includes writings, controlled recordings (e.B. cassettes and other data carriers), pictorial representations with and without writing, image carriers (video cassettes and other data carriers) and musical seam (printed products with notes) with text and explanations. However, you need a permit to sell the products on your doorstep.

You would like to make a special occasion, such as a public festival, a fair or a market (e.B. fair, Christmas market, etc.) Offer goods for immediate sale? If you have permission from the competent authority, you do not need a travel business card.

  • They shall apply to the competent authority for authorisation, with the necessary documentation.
  • The decision of the Authority will be communicated to you in text or in writing.

Contact your municipality or city where the event is to take place.

  • You want to offer goods (not services) at a specific event or for a specific occasion.
  • The sale of the goods you wish to offer must not be prohibited in the travel industry (for example.B, precious metals, precious stones, alcohol are prohibited , with certain exceptions)
  • They offer the goods at the event itself, but at least on the margins of the event in question. There must therefore be a temporal and spatial connection to the event (e.B. on the forecourt or the access roads).

Copy of the identity card or passport with registration certificate or presentation on site. Information on the location and type of the stall as well as the assortment of goods.

The fee depends on the administrative burden.

  • Written form required: no
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Personal appearance necessary: no

If you already have a travel trade card that entitles you to sell certain or goods of all kinds, you do not also need the permission of the competent authority if you wish to sell goods at the event of trade fairs, exhibitions, markets or public festivals.

The commercial permit does not replace any permits or permits required by other technical law (e.B. road law).

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitization and Energy NRW

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