Regulated businesses

The Gewerbeordnung 1994 (GewO 1994) covers business activities that require an entrepreneur to provide a certificate of competence (specified in section 94 of the Gewerbeordnung 1994) and those that do not. Businesses that require evidence of qualifications are called regulated businesses.


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

A list of regulated businesses can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs (Bundesministerium für Digitalisierung und Wirtschaftsstandort).

Some regulated activities also fall into the sub-group 'section 95 businesses' (businesses subject to proof of fitness, section 95 of the Gewerbeordnung 1994): Registrants of certain businesses must have their fitness verified. These businesses may not start trading until the decision to grant them a licence takes effect. When the business is registered, the business authority verifies the registrant's fitness to carry on the business by checking for any serious breaches of regulations and protected interests applicable to the business (particularly those safeguarding the reputation of the profession).

Section 95 of the Gewerbeordnung 1994 (GewO 1994) provides a full list of section 95 businesses:

  • master builder, well-sinker
  • chemical laboratories
  • electrician
  • production and trade in pyrotechnical products (pyrotechnic businesses)
  • gas and sanitary installation technician
  • producer and wholesaler of pharmaceuticals and poisons
  • master carpenter
  • debt collecting institute
  • travel agency
  • security business (private investigator, security guard)
  • blasting contractor
  • commercial financial advisor
  • weapon production and trade

Further links

List of regulated businesses (→ BMDW)German text

Legal basis

Sections 94 and 95 of the 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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