1. Legal Gazette
Federal Legal Gazette
Bundesministerium der Justiz
(Federal Ministry of Justice)
Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH
Amsterdamer Straße 192 — 50735 Cologne
Tel. +49 22197668-0
Fax +49 22197668-278
|Official journal / legal gazette
||There are distinct official publications for primary/secondary legislation (Bundesgesetzblatt) and for legal notices, ministerial circulars and other official texts, as well as for some secondary legislation (Bundesanzeiger); see point 1.2 for details.
Bundesgesetzblatt No 1, 23 May 1949
Part I: 1949
Part II: 1951
|First online edition
||Part I: 1998
Part II: 1999
Part I: EUR 85/half-year
Part II: EUR 85/half-year
Part I: from 1949
Part II: from 1951
Access and price
1. Read-only version: free
2. Subscription version: EUR 99/user/half-year
Frequency of publication
Part I: EUR 85
Part II: EUR 85
1.2. Details on the legal gazette in general
- Part I: Federal laws, regulations, official orders and announcements in particular cases
- Part II: International agreements and treaties, legislation to implement them, related proclamations, laws regarding custom tariffs
||Fundamental law (Grundgesetz) — Article 82
||The Bundesanzeiger (Federal Gazette), the main ‘official gazette’ on the federal level, has been published since 1949 by the Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH as well. It contains official notices and other legal and judicial announcements. Since 2002 promulgations of ordinances, announcements of annual financial statements, official, judicial and other announcements, as well as some secondary legislation, have been published in an electronic series of the federal gazette Bundesanzeiger (https://www.bundesanzeiger.de).
All 16 regions (Bundesländer) have their own legal gazettes.
1.3. Details on the online edition
See also point 1.1
- Downloading facilities
- Document notification system (e-mail alert service, for users of the subscription version only)
||No measures are taken to guarantee the authenticity of the electronically published text.
||No specific measures are taken for archiving the electronic edition.
1.4. Details on the publishing institution
|Bundesministerium der Justizund für Verbraucherschutz
(Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection)
Mohrenstraße 37 — 10117 Berlin
Tel. +49 3018580-0
Fax +49 3018580-9525
Bundesamt für Justiz
(Federal Office of Justice)
Adenauerallee 99–103 — 53113 Bonn
Tel. +49 2289941040
Fax +49 228994105050
||Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH
For contact details, please refer to point 1.1
|Form and nature
of the publishing
|The Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH is a private company fully owned since 2006 by the M. DuMont Schauberg Group (Cologne). For the publication of the Bundesgesetzblatt and the Bundesanzeiger the Bundesanzeiger Verlag GmbH acts as a public service agent (Verwaltungshelfer des Bundes) of the Federal Ministry of Justice.
|Basic tasks of the
- Pre-press: yes
- Printing: yes
- Dissemination/distribution: yes
- Legal gazette online: yes
- Legislation database: no
- Consolidation: no
offered by the
- Company register
1.5. Drafting and publishing procedures
|Currently, standard text manipulation programs (Microsoft Word) are used; files are converted to XML and to PDF using typesetting software applications. However, eNorm, an add-in for Microsoft Word, used for the creation, revision and exchange of official documents in German legislation is widely spread and used more and more.
- No integrated electronic workflow
- Paper transmission between the Federal Office of Justice and the publishing organisation
- Proofreading and structuring are carried out by the editorial department of the Federal Office of Justice.
- Not more than two days pass between the permission to print and the distribution of the Bundesgesetzblatt.
- The paper and electronic editions are derived from the same final text file. They are published at the same time.
2. Collections of consolidated Legislation
See full details
2.1. Gesetze im Internet
(Laws on the Internet)
|Body carrying out
|Federal Office of Justice, Bonn
||All legislation in force (Bundesrechtsdatenbank also contains versions that are no longer in force and versions that have already been promulgated but will come into force in future).
|Status of the
|Consolidation is for information purposes only.
|Normally two to five days
2.2. Bundesrechtsdatenbank (Database on Federal Law) available from juris GmbHS
For details, see point 3.2
3. Legislative portals and online databases
3.1. Official portals/databases
For the Bundesgesetzblatt online, see point 1.3
For the Bundesanzeiger online, see point 1.2
1. Gesetze im Internet
(Laws on the Internet)
|Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
Edited by: Federal Office of Justice
||The federal law in force, in a consolidated version, extracted from the Bundesrechtsdatenbank database. English translations of numerous important laws can be accessed.
Furthermore, there is an update service which displays links to all new provisions which have recently been promulgated in Part I of the Federal Legal Gazette for up to six months from the date they enter into force. The service also provides the texts of the amendments upon which the consolidated laws and regulations are based.
||Free of charge
(Database on Federal Law) available from Jjuris GmbH
(in its capacity as provider of a public service)
||The entire body of federal law in force (current and historical versions and versions that have already been promulgated but will come into force in future) in a version consolidated by the Federal Office of Justice
NB: Certain content is available free of charge at
3.2. Additional information: other commonly used legal databases
(Verlag C. H. Beck oHG)
(Lexis-Nexis Deutschland GmbH)
|Makrolog — Recht für Deutschland
(Recht für Deutschland GmbH)
NB: This service also gives (fee-based) access to the historical legal gazettes (Reichsgesetzblatt 1871–1945; Gesetzblatt der DDR 1949–1990) as well as to the official gazettes of the regions.