Further special occasions markets - how to apply for a permit
Markets falling under the category of "further special occasions markets" can be held for street festivals/parties, parish fairs, Easter or Christmas, and also include flea markets. They need a permit issued by the Vienna Market Authority (MA 59). Generally speaking, they are sales events similar to markets which take place on a street with public traffic (pursuant to the Austrian Federal Road Traffic Act/StVO 1960).
Please note that farmers' markets, events similar to trade fairs and festivals do not fall under this category.
The markets need to have at least ten points of sale. The number of food and drink stalls, if at all available, may not exceed one third of the total number of points of sale. As the name implies, special occasions markets can only be held on special occasions. A special occasions market may be organised at one location up to six times per calendar year with the same market goods.
Applications for holding special occasions markets must be submitted to the Vienna Market Authority in writing. The applications can be submitted ten months before the intended start of the market at the earliest, and must reach the Vienna Market Authority at least four weeks before the intended date of the event.
Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 3.30 pm, telephone on-call service from 3.30 pm to 9 pm
Saturday: telephone on-call service from 8 am to 6 pm
Hotline: +43 1 4000-8090
On Sundays and public holidays there is a telephone on-calls service at phone +43 1 4000-59210 from 9 am to 3 pm.
Good Friday: 7.30 am to 12 noon and telephone on-call service from 12 noon to 9 pm; Christmas Eve (24 December): from 7.30 am to 12 noon and telephone on-call service from 12 noon to 3 pm; New Year’s Eve (31 December): from 7.30 am to 12 noon and telephone on-call service from 12 noon to 5 pm; closed on public holidays.
After the application has been received, the date for an official site inspection (on-site meeting) is set. At the start of the site inspection, the applicant is required to sign the application.
If the legal requirements to organise a Further Special Occasions Market are met, you will receive a written administrative decision stipulating the provisions and conditions.
As soon as the permit for holding a special occasions market enters into force, all available places on the market are allocated to the applicants for the entire duration of the market.
The application must include the following information:
- the name of the occasion on which the market will be held (for example autumn feast, parish fair or Christmas)
- map of the planned market area and the intended arrangement of market places and the passages in that area
- total number of market stands and the number of food and drink stalls, if at all available
- concept of the envisaged groups of goods and intended energy supply for the market
- the intended market days and market hours
- If the event takes place on private property you will also need the declaration of consent of the owner. If the Special Occasions Market is held in a public park or garden, you will need the agreement of Parks and Gardens (MA 42) (German) as property owner. If the market is held on a public road, please contact Road Management and Construction (MA 28) (German).
According to the current market fee regulations (Marktgebührentarif 2006, Tarifpost 25) the general market fee is calculated as follows:
- EUR 12 per market stall and day for special occasions markets with up to 50 points of sale
- EUR 8.99 per market stall and day for special occasions markets with up to 75 points of sale
- EUR 5.99 per market stall and day for special occasions markets with more than 76 points of sale
The market fee for permitted market stalls is payable by the second day before the officially permitted start of the market. It must be paid by bank transfer.
Information concerning the trading licenses of the market parties:
- Owners of a business license and operators of mobile market stalls do not need a further permit for the event. However, they must be able to produce the written confirmation on their entry into the trade register (Gewerberegister) or their original trading license (Gewerbeschein) in case of controls.
- All other market parties need to have a valid photo identification and their registry sheet (Meldezettel) with them.
- Agricultural producers may only give out free samples. They are not allowed to sell food or drinks.
- Private individuals may only sell second-hand goods if they are market goods and from their own property. They may not buy or collect these goods in order to sell them at the market.
- In certain cases, organising a further special occasions market is considered an activity subject to the Trade Regulations Act of 1994 and requires a business license.
- Market regulation
- Road traffic regulations (1960)
- Trade law (1994)
Homepage: Food Inspection and Market Authority (MA 59)
Food Inspection and Market Authority (Municipal Department 59)