Hardship

As a producer of batteries or electrical and electronic equipment or authorised representative or agent 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. The small hardship application is only possible for fees in connection with registration according to ElektroG.

Important: Exemption from the obligation to register according to BattG and ElektroG 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 ElektroGBattGGebV). The application of hardships is therefore still possible for fee notifications that have been issued in the year 2020 on basis of the ElektroGGebV valid until 31st of december 2020 if the term is kept (fee facts numbers 1, 2, 4 to 7, 11, 12, 15 in case of the large and numbers 4 to 7 in case of the small hardship application).

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. 

Further Information

You find the ElektroGBattGGebV in its legally effective version at.