Unregulated businesses

There are two types of business activity in the Gewerbeordnung 1994, activities that require an entrepreneur to provide evidence of qualifications, and activities that do not. Business activities that do not require evidence of qualifications are called unregulated businesses (e.g. running a service station).

All businesses that are not classified expressly as regulated businesses in the Act are unregulated businesses.


In general, these rules also apply to entrepreneurs from EU Member States in Austria.

A list of unregulated commercial activities can be found on the website of the Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs.


This list contains a selection of unregulated businesses and does not claim to be complete.

Further links

National list of unregulated businesses (→ BMDW)German text

Legal basis

Gewerbeordnung 1994 (GewO 1994)

Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 18 January 2021

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs

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