Exhibitions of persons, applying for permission

Applying for permission to exhibit persons according to § 33a Gewerbeordnung (GewO) (Trade, Commerce and Industry Regulation Act)

If you want to organize commercial exhibitions of persons, for example table dancing or striptease events, on your business premises or make your business premises available for such events, you need a permit from the relevant trade authority. This does not apply to performances of a predominantly artistic, sporting, acrobatic or similar nature (Section 33a (1) sentence 2 GewO).

Single Point of Contact

For this procedure, you can use the service of the Single Point of Contact (Einheitlicher Ansprechpartner). They will guide you through the administrative procedure, take care of correspondence with all the offices responsible for your request and will be available to you as a competent advisor.

Onlineantrag und Formulare

Hinweis: Sobald Sie eine Postleitzahl oder einen Ort angegeben haben, können wir Ihnen an dieser Stelle den Onlineantrag und die Formulare der zuständigen Stelle anzeigen. Ort angeben

Zuständige Stelle

Trade authority of the district, the independent city (in Dresden, Leipzig and Chemnitz) or the large district city

Hinweis: Sobald Sie eine Postleitzahl oder einen Ort angegeben haben, können wir Ihnen an dieser Stelle weitere Informationen zu der für Sie zuständigen Stelle anzeigen. Ort angeben
Warum soll ich einen Ort angeben?
Mit Hilfe der Ortsangabe können wir die für Sie passenden Informationen, Formulare, Dienste und Ihre zuständige Stelle anzeigen.
Welchen Ort soll ich angeben?
Zum Beispiel Ihren Wohnort, wenn Sie einen Reisepass beantragen wollen oder den Unternehmensstandort, wenn Sie ein Gewerbe anmelden möchten.

Service details


  • They must have the necessary reliability for the business operation.
  • The exhibitions must not be contrary to public morals.
  • The business operation must not be contrary to the public interest with regard to its local location or the use of the premises; in particular, there must be no fear of harmful effects on the environment (e.g. noise) or other significant disadvantages, dangers or nuisances for the general public.


You can apply for a permit for the exhibition of persons in person, in writing or electronically to the competent authority.

The authority can issue the permit with a time limit and link it with conditions for the protection of

  • the general public,
  • guests or
  • neighbors.

Under the same conditions, the subsequent inclusion, amendment and addition of conditions is also permitted.

Required documents

  • Application form "Antrag auf Erlaubnis nach § 33a GewO - Schaustellung von Personen" (depending on the offer of the authority also available online under "Forms & Online Services")
  • Identity card (copy)
  • Certificate of good conduct (original)
  • Extract from the Central Trade Register (original)
  • Certificate in tax matters from the tax office (original)
  • Extract from the commercial register (copy)
  • Documents on the object (floor plan of the business premises (copy)


You must apply for the permit before starting the activity. Only after the permission is granted, you are entitled to practice the trade.

Processing time

Application processing and decision: within 3 months after receipt of the complete documents.

Release note

Saxon State Ministry of Economics, Labor and Transport. 06.11.2020