Hardship

As a producer/authorised representative that is registered or with an obligation to register, it may be possible for you to be exempt from individual fees incurred in connection to a registration partially or completely. For this there are in principle two options, namely the large and the small hardship application.

► Important: Exemption from the obligation to register or the obligation to submit proof of insolvency safe guarantee to finance the disposal of privately usable electrical and electronic equipment is not possible pursuant to a hardship application.

The statutory limitation period within which a large or small hardship application can be submitted is three months from announcement of a fee notification (§ 2 paragraph 4 clause 1 ElektroGGebV). If you submit the application

  • parallel to a registration application or an application for guarantee or prima facie evidence examination, then in general no fee notification will be issued until the hardship application has been decided upon.
  • after the fee notification has been issued you must pay the fee at first. After the application has been decided upon positively, the amounts that are affected by the exemption will, of course, be reimbursed.