Publication of official announcements

On which website(s) are official announcements published?

As Germany is a federal state, it is up to the Länder to publish their own official announcements. They have created their own web pages for this purpose. The links to some of these can be found on the Justice Portal of the Federal Government and the Länder (Justizportal des Bundes und der Länder) . The following information relates solely to Federal Government publications:

Publication Scope of the publication
Federal Law Gazette (Bundesgesetzblatt) Electronic copy of the official print version only
Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger)

Official section; Judicial section
(in electronic format only)

Federal Tax Gazette (Bundessteuerblatt) In both paper and electronic format
Joint Ministerial Gazette (Gemeinsames Ministerialblatt) In both paper and electronic format
Transport Gazette (Verkehrsblatt) In both paper and electronic format

Which types of announcements are published?

Publication Types of announcements
Federal Law Gazette Laws, international treaties, ordinances, announcements, injunctions, notices and certain decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht)
Federal Gazette Ordinances, other official announcements, tenders, guidelines and judicial notices. The judicial notices comprise court publications concerning the litigation register under the Capital Investors’ Test Cases Act (Kapitalanleger-Musterverfahrensgesetz), public notifications, criminal cases, summons of persons and calls for documents, debarment rulings, securities cancellations and other decisions, summons of third parties, bankruptcies, insolvency proceedings and the register of anonymous and pseudonymous works
Federal Tax Gazette Tax-related legal provisions and administrative orders, rulings by the Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof)
Joint Ministerial Gazette Tax-related legal provisions and administrative orders, rulings by the Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof)
Transport Gazette Official provisions on transport, calls for missing vehicle ownership and registration documents

From which organisation(s) are announcements published?

Publication Publishing body
Federal Law Gazette Federal authorities
Federal Gazette Federal and Länder authorities, courts and public prosecutors
Federal Tax Gazette Federal Ministry of Finance and the highest tax authorities in the Länder
Joint Ministerial Gazette All federal ministries listed on the front page
Transport Gazette All federal ministries, regulatory authorities in the Länder

Is access to the official announcements free of charge?

Publication Free access
Federal Law Gazette Yes (read only)
Federal Gazette Yes
Federal Tax Gazette Partially (not most recent and not older publications)
Joint Ministerial Gazette Only to tables of contents
Transport Gazette Titles of official announcements only (a fee must be paid to access content)

What types of searches can be made?

Publication Types of searches
Federal Law Gazette

Free of charge: not available

For a fee:
full text search, search by citation, heading, abbreviation, issue date, year of promulgation and part

Federal Gazette Term, part, date of publication, type of publication, publishing authority/court (administrative and judicial sections); reference, title (official section); file number (judicial section)
Federal Tax Gazette Type of tax, type of document, sequence of rules, date, file number, document number, Land, subject/main principle, reference
Joint Ministerial Gazette Edition, page number, year and full text search
Transport Gazette Field, title, search terms, date, ordinance number

As of which date were the official announcements available in electronic format?

Publication Date available
Federal Law Gazette

The electronic version of Federal Law Gazette Section 1 has been available at the same time as the print version since 1998; The electronic version of Federal Law Gazette Section 2 has been available at the same time as the print version since 1999

Possible to search all editions published since 23 May 1949

Federal Gazette

Individual publications since 30 August 2002
All publications since 1 April 2012

Federal Tax Gazette Possible to search editions published since 1992
Joint Ministerial Gazette Possible to search editions published since 1950
Transport Gazette Possible to search editions published since 1947

Can searches be saved and notifications sent when criteria are met?

Publication Auto-search Open data
Federal Law Gazette No No
Federal Gazette Only as an information service for a fee No
Federal Tax Gazette No No
Joint Ministerial Gazette No, only the publication date for the next edition No
Transport Gazette No No
Last update: 29/08/2019

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