Aside from general requirements that apply to taking up business in Germany, many business concepts in the sector are governed by specific legal conditions. These include the following:
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS - Many business related services depend on a high level of professional qualification. For example, to ensure the expertise of businesses in the legal and tax consulting professions, they require proof of sufficient knowledge of German law or taxation procedures. More information on the recognition of foreign qualifications is available in our section "Service Occupations."
OPTIONAL QUALIFICATIONS - Even though some professional qualifications are not legally required to practice an occupation, they may be very important for customers evaluating the quality of a supplier. To gather information on specific voluntary qualifications and quality certificates that are recognized by the industry, you may browse the website of the relevant professional and industry associations found in the "supporting institutions" section of this industry profile.
BUSINESS SUPERVISION - In order to operate businesses that engage in certain types of especially dangerous or sensitive activities, entrepreneurs may need to apply for a special permit. The local Chambers of Industry and Commerce support their members with obtaining the relevant prerequisites. More information is available in our section "Service Occupations."
POSTING OF WORKERS - Industrial cleaning or private security businesses planning on posting workers to Germany have to assure that the underlying employment contracts comply with certain minimum working conditions, such as minimum wages, for instance. Information about the statutory working conditions for posted workers can be found on the website of the German Customs Administration.
ESTABLISHMENTS - Providing business related services often requires proximity to the customer and thus the establishment of local subsidiaries. Enterprises who intend to set up a German business branch will find comprehensive support at Germany Trade and Invest, the foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany.
POINTS OF SINGLE CONTACT - Service providers from EU Member States may address their local Points of Single Contact for support with the administrative procedures that need to be observed before entering the German market. More information is available in our section ''EU Service Market''.