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Your Authority for the port of Hamburg

We are an institution under public law and we also exercise sovereign functions as a transit authority. We are the water authority in the port area and have a wide range of tasks in the construction supervision and environment unit. The HPA is therefore your point of contact for all issues relating to water and land-based infrastructure, the safety of ship traffic, port railway systems, real estate management and the economic development of the port. Together with all those who use the port infrastructure every day, we ensure everything runs smoothly.

The HPA is in accordance with the Highway Code of Hamburg (Hamburgisches Wegegesetz (HWG)), the transit construction and transit supervisory authority. One of our diverse areas of responsibility is also the granting of permits for the use of public roads and routes in the port area. As a water authority, we monitor the condition and use of water bodies and flood protection systems, and provide current, dike and polder oversight in our area of responsibility. We are responsible for water law and dike licences as well as for polder legal approvals. A wide range of tasks is bundled in the construction supervision and environment unit.  The development projects in the port of Hamburg form the focus here. In addition to consulting and service offers that are primarily aimed at customers within the HPA, we also play an important role in the perception of the public service responsibilities of the Hamburg Port Authority towards our port customers. We are closely networked with the other authorities in Hamburg.

The Contact-Center for the administrations department

Here you will find all downloads of the administrations department

The Download-Center for the administrations department

Here you will find all downloads of the administrations department

Highway Authority

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Highways authority - general information

As the "highways authority", the HPA performs municipal governance tasks and grants approvals for the use of the public roads and highways in the port area. The HPA therefore acts as the public highways authority and highways supervisory authority in accordance with the Ham­bur­g Highways Act and undertakes the following tasks.

Unregistered vehicles may not park on public roads. The highways authority monitors this and arranges to have the vehicles towed away free of charge if necessary.

All newly built roads and highways must be officially opened, provided they are intended to be made available to public traffic. The granting and withdrawal of this legal ­sta­tus is undertaken by the HPA as the highways authority.

The approval process in detail

An excavation­ permit must be obtained for excavations affecting the carriageways of public roads and highways and adjoining areas. Since the beginning of 2013, applications can only be made electronically, via the In­ter­net.

Constructing and altering access roads also requires the approval of the public highways authority. The necessary application ­for­m can be requested from the highways authority by e-mail.

Any use of public land that extends beyond public use requires approval. The highways authority team will be happy to advise applicants and accept their requests via its e-mail addres­s.

Right-of-way approval is required for all supply and disposal pipelines, which are newly installed in the roads or which will significantly alter existing routes. This is undertaken almost exclusively by the pipeline company. Applications are submitted to the highways authority.

Water Authority

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Water authority - general information

We, the water authority of the HPA, monitor the condition and use of the water and flood defences as the river, embankment and pol­der authority, under your jurisdiction. We are responsible for approvals under water legislation and embankment legislation, as well as for permits under pol­der legislation.

The approval process in detail

In accordance with the Ham­bur­g Water Act (HWaG), any use of the water that extends beyond public use requires the approval of the water authority. In particular, constructing or altering installations in, on or over the water require approval. Examples of such installations are:

• "stationary objects" (e.g.: plinths, pon­toons, floating houses)
• all structures in, on and over the water (buildings, balustrades, bridges)
• other equipment (e.g.: slaloms, signage, outlet structures)
• work in, on or over the water (e.g.: scaffolding, drilling)

Any use of or damage to a public flood defence is prohibited, except for the purpose of its upkeep, restoration and maintenance. In accordance with the Embankment Act (DeichO), we may grant revocable exceptions to this ban. Examples of usage requiring approval are:

• construction work, including footings in the base of the embankment
• crossings
• pipeline intersections or viaducts

Any building work, excavation, landscaping and loading must be over 10 kN/​m² away from the pri­va­te flood defences with double-sided protective strips and pipelines. In accordance with the Pol­der Act (Pol­de­rO), we may approve exceptions. Examples of where approval is required are:

• construction work, including footings in the protective strips (impact area) of the flood defences
• pipeline intersections or viaducts
• other loads (e.g.: tem­po­ra­ry building site facilities)

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Port Civil Engineering Inspection Department

Port Civil Engineering Inspection Department

The Port of Hamburg is constantly developing and changing. Associated with this are numerous typical port building projects that are carried out every year. Amongst these are new build projects started for logistics centres and warehouses, office and social buildings as well as workshops and paved areas and even tank farms. Where existing building stock is concerned, the work involves rebuilding and conversions of both buildings and industrial plants. For most of these projects, a building permit is normally required.


The Development Projects Division, Port Building Inspection Department of the Hamburg Port Authority is responsible for the processing of building applications throughout the port's area of activity. In general, building applications in Hamburg are processed by the building inspection services in the Hamburg ministries. However, since 01 October 2006, when the Hamburg Senate decreed otherwise, the Hamburg Port Authority has been responsible for the processing of building applications within the Port of Hamburg rather than the ministry building inspection services.

Our Tasks

The tasks of the Building Inspection Department include the advising of industrial companies, architects and construction companies in the execution of planned building measures in the port's area of activity in respect of public law issues, the processing of approval procedures according to Sections 61, 62 and 63 of the Hamburg Building Ordinance (HBauO), the awarding of corresponding approval decisions and repressive actions in the event of building grievances.


In the concentrating building permission procedure in accordance with Section 62 HBauO, the most frequently implemented approval process, all necessary public law decisions are gathered from the responsible positions by the Building Inspection Department as the process manager and consolidated in an approval file (building permit). This central approval contains all the essential authorisations that are necessary for the execution of a building project.
Moreover, the named tasks are administered within the scope of immission control processes (approval process according to the Federal Immission Control Act – BImSchG).
The Hamburg Port Authority administers exceptions to the ordinance on warfare agents.


Do you want to erect a building or change a building's use within the port's area of activity?
Do you want to submit a building application or clarify a request for preliminary planning?
Do you want to know if a project requires a building permit?
Do you intend to set up an advertising panel, set up a Portakabin office, arrange a music festival or even erect a power station?
For these and other questions about building permit processes and information about development options within the Port of Hamburg (port's area of activity) we are your competent point of contact.

Contact for inspection of files

You can arrange an appointment to view the building permit files here
Phone: +49 (0)40 42847-3978 or -2364


Port Planning Law

Port Planning Law

Land use planning within the Port of Hamburg takes place using its own planning law according to the Port of Hamburg Development Law. Planning through the use of development plans according to the Town and Country Planning Code does not occur in the port of Hamburg. The port area is subdivided into the port's area of activity and the port's expansion area. The port's area of activity is already claimed for port activities. Here activities arising from port traffic, trade associated with the port and port industry are permitted. The port planning law is used to ensure that areas which can be used for port purposes are used for these purposes so that the scarce land resource is used efficiently.

A further planning control can be provided by port planning byelaws which are currently applicable in the Altenwerder, Upper Elbe and Kleiner Grasbrook/Steinwerder areas.

The question of whether a development or a new use adheres to these rules is automatically checked as part of each building application.

Your contact

Port planning law

Katrin Schildt Neuer Wandrahm 4 20457 Hamburg Phone: +49 (0) 40 42847-3902

Katrin Schildt

Local Nature Conservation Authority

Local Nature Conservation Authority

As the Local Nature Conservation Authority in the port's area of activity, the HPA administers numerous regulatory tasks in respect of nature and landscape conservation. It is responsible for checking and surveillance tasks that arise from the implementation of national and international regulations.

• Statements concerning construction projects
• Statements / participation in planning and approval processes
• Handling of the right of intervention according to Sections 14 et seqq. BNatSchG  (Federal Nature Conservation Law)
• Awarding of exceptions and waivers (e.g. tree protection ordinance; general species and biotope protection)
• Monitoring compliance with the regulations of nature and landscape conservation
• Arrangements for the implementation of conservation and development measures
• Execution of conservation area ordinance
• Checking of immission control needs
• Monitoring of the adherence to species and biotope protection conditions

• Felling of woods (BaumSchVO; Section 30 BNatSchG; Section 44 BNatSchG)
• Demolition of buildings (Section 44 BNatSchG)
• Encroachment onto areas that have not yet been paved over (Sections 14 et seqq. BNatSchG)

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Your contact

​Further information about nature conservation and contact persons:

Doris Müller (Leitung)
Phone: +49 (0)40 42847-3903

Joachim Boedecker
Phone: +49 (0)40 42847-3925
Joachim Boedecker

Oliver Keller
Phonel: +49 (0)40 42847-2671

Jörg Heinrichs
Phonel: +49 (0)40 42847-2778


If any of these topics are relevant to your planning, then please contact us early on in the process. We will provide you with comprehensive advice so that your planning is ultimately legally secure.

Soil Conservation Authority

Soil Conservation Authority

The Soil Conservation Authority implements the regulations of the Soil Conservation Ordinance. The purpose of the Soil Conservation Ordinance is to permanently protect the functions of the soil or, where necessary, to recreate its functions.
The Soil Conservation Authority is moreover the point of contact if you have any questions about warfare agent ordinance. In particular the Hamburg Port Authority, is responsible for administering exceptions to the ordinance on warfare agents.


If you have any questions about soil conservation, please contact:

Andreas Wessolowski
Neuer Wandrahm 4
20457 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0) 40 42847-2779