Gastronomy trade – apply for provisional permit
Anyone who wishes to take over a gastronomic business requiring a permit from another operator may be permitted to operate the gastronomic business on a provisional and revocable basis until the final gastronomy permit is issued.
You operate a gastronomic business if, in a standing trade, you
- serve drinks for consumption on the spot (pub management) or
- serve prepared food for consumption on the premises (catering),
Permission is required for the gastronomic business only if alcoholic beverages are served. If only non-alcoholic beverages and/or prepared meals are served, the restaurant business does not require a permit and you do not need a temporary restaurant permit.
The provisional gastronomy permit should not be issued for a period longer than three months. The period can be extended if there is an important reason.
Takeover of a gastronomic business requiring a licence
You take over an already existing gastronomy spatially from the predecessor.
Gastronomy not closed for more than 1 year
The gastronomy had not been closed for more than a year.
Application for a provisional permit
Online processing possible; or you can use the form.
Identity card or other official identification document with photo (not required for electronic application).
Residence permit if the applicant is not a national of an EU country.
Floor plan of the premises intended for operation of the restaurant and staff areas (ideally on a 1:100 scale).
Purchase, rental or lease agreement
Proof of actual disposal of the premises.
Trade registration (Gewerbeanmeldung)
When taking over the gastronomic business, a business registration must be filed for the successor or successors.
Up-to-date excerpt from the Trade Register
Registered companies are required to submit an up to date excerpt from the Trade Register when applying. Legal entities that are in the process of being established (GmbH, AG) are required to submit their partnership agreement or statutes.
Average time to process request
- Berlin Gastromat - questions and answers regarding the gastronomic business
- Information by the Berlin Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) on gastronomic business serving alcohol
- Information by IHK Berlin regarding the handling of food products
- Gastronomic trade - apply for permit
- Business Registration
- Information about privacy
The application for a provisional gastronomy permit must be submitted to the public order office in whose district your business premises are located.
Only 1 application must be submitted for the provisional and the final gastronomy permit. During the examination of the licensing requirements in the preliminary procedure, the gastronomy can already be operated. If you intend to change the type of operation or premises of the existing gastronomy, the gastronomy may only be operated to the extent of the previous permit during the period of the provisional gastronomy permit.