FAQs - Frequently asked questions

Here you will find questions that many customers ask us. We hope you will also find your question - and thus the answer or explanation you are looking for.

FAQs by topic

To help you get an overview, below please find our collection of Frequently Asked Questions and answers by topic.

Commercial space

No we are sorry. In Munich, following a landmark ruling by the Munich City Council in October 2019, city-owned properties are only available as leasehold (“Erbbaurecht”) contracts. The ruling applies to city-owned commercial and inner-city (“Kerngebiet”) property.

Exceptions must be well-founded, require consultation with the City Council, and are rarely granted.

Details on contracts can be found in the “Vertragsbedingungen bei der Vergabe von städtischen Gewerbegrundstücken im Erbbaurecht” (pdf, only available in German).

Entrepreneurship and going self-employed

Depending on your personal starting position, business idea and industry, there are very individual issues that need to be clarified before you get started.

Our two-hour information event "Be your own boss How to start a business" can be a good starting point for gaining an overview of relevant start-up topics.

Our 10-point check guides you online through the start-up phases from initial considerations to registration.

 Munich’s Business Startup Office provides expert, impartial and free advice to people wanting to go self-employed. We provide start-up knowledge and business plan models, checklists and local points of contact, as well as the “Erfolgreich gründen – Was kommt auf mich zu?” info event for people who want to start a business.

Business topics and info

The quickest overview is provided by our Munich Economy Data Sheet, which is updated once a year.

For a more comprehensive overview, take a look at our "FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about the Business Location" on 23 pages. There you will find all the important information for business people, for example on

  •     Economic structure
  •     Taxes, social security contributions and labor costs
  •     Infrastructure, safety and quality of life
  •     Real estate market and cost of living
  •     Education and research