Exemptions from Protection Rules

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No special deadlines need be observed.

general information

In order to prevent any risk to human health or life, or to prevent any impact on the environment, the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs may issue ordinances defining protection rules. Such an ordinance may define measures to be complied with by traders in the exercise of their trade.

These measures may include:

  • Measures concerning the equipment of places of business,
  • Measures concerning the goods made or sold in these places of business or the sale of which is arranged there,
  • Measures concerning the equipment or other items ready for use in these places,
  • Measures concerning the services provided.

Exemptions (derogations) from these protection rules may be granted by official decision upon request.

In general, these regulations also apply to business owners from EU-countries in Austria.


Section 69 paragraph 5 of the Gewerbeordnung 1994 (GewO 1994)


Requests may be made personally, in writing or by electronic means.

The request must include an appropriate statement of reasons and/or indicate the substitute measures to be taken.


The measures derogating from the protection rules must have the same protective effect.

Zuständige Stelle

Trade authority locally competent for the business location in question:

If the measures only relate to the exercise of a trade in an additional place of business, the request must be submitted to the trade authority which is competent for this other place of business.

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