Berlin is a city with an extensive history and a bustling present. However, it also has its own set of rules and regulations that new residents need to understand. There are certain you need to take care of once you move to Berlin. If this is your first time in Germany certain things can be a little tedious to understand. Electricity is one such thing, it can be confusing especially for ex-pats. In this article, we have tried o break down this tedious process.
Why Application For New Electricity Can Be Tedious
If you are looking to move into a new home in Berlin, Germany, then it is important to know that the electricity connection application process can be quite tedious. The process of applying for an electricity connection is made more difficult by the fact that not all landlords provide their tenants with this service; leaving many people without an option but to apply on their own.
Many people find themselves spending hours filling out forms and completing paperwork of which they have little knowledge. The lack of information makes it difficult for them to understand what they are being asked or required by law. In addition, some people do not know what type of electrical equipment they need or where exactly it can be installed within their property boundaries before making such changes which only further complicates matters, even more, when trying to get their power back on as quickly as possible after moving into their new living space
Electricity Connection in Berlin
Electricity connection is a pain point for many people who have recently moved to Berlin. Electricity connection in Berlin is like any other city—you need to pay a fee and submit documents, then wait patiently for your electricity to be connected.
The process starts with applying for the connection in person at an office of the local utility company (e.g., Vattenfall eG or SWB Netz AG) located near your new home, or at one of their customer service centres throughout the city if you've already moved in.
How to apply online for an electricity connection
Visit the Berliner Elektrizitäts- und Wasserwerke (BEW) website. To create an account, enter the details of your household and click “Ich bin ein neuer Kunde” or “I am a new customer” in German.
The next page will ask you to fill out an application form (in German), which includes basic details like your name, date of birth and address as well as contact information such as email address and phone number.
You will also need to upload copies of documents proving that you live at this address: utility bills or lease contracts are usually accepted. To pay the fee via bank transfer, select “Banküberweisung” on the next page before clicking on “Anmelden” or “Sign up” at the bottom right corner of it.
Documents required for electricity connection
The provider will require the following documents:
- Passport (both pages)
- Residence Permit
- Bank Statement of the last three months (the bank should not be your landlord or someone you live with)
- Contract with your landlord and receipt for deposit payment, if applicable. The landlord is required to sign this document and provide a copy of their ID card as well. If they are not present when you sign up for electricity, they must mail it in within seven days after you begin getting bills from your new provider.
Application form for electricity connection
The application form for electricity connection can be obtained from your local municipal authority or the electricity supplier. The application fee is charged by the municipality and not by us.
To pay your municipal application fee, you must submit a valid proof of address and identity card or passport with a photo. The documents must be officially certified (e.g., by a notary) in case they are not original documents. If you do not have an official certification, we will accept photocopies of these documents as well – but only if they bear the stamp or signature of an official representative of a German authority that is authorised to certify them (e.g., town clerk).
Other Utilities to take care of after moving to Berlin
- Water and sewerage: Check with your landlord or building manager to see if they handle the water and sewage. They may already have accounts with a local utility company, in which case they would take care of this for you. If not, then you’ll need to apply for an account yourself with one of the city’s service providers (find them here). You can also choose whether or not you want to pay extra for recycling facilities at home—this is often cheaper than having trash collected separately!
- Telephone and internet access: While there are many providers available in Berlin, we recommend using Deutsche Telekom as one of their packages includes high-speed internet as standard (no additional costs!). You can sign up online or over the phone—they even provide English-speaking customer service representatives who are happy to help new arrivals get set up!
- Gas supply: This depends on where exactly in Germany (or elsewhere) your home is located. If it was built before 1993 then it should already have been connected; however, there may still be some paperwork required from both parties before gas lines can be installed properly across all rooms within an apartment building."
We hope this article has answered all your questions about the electricity connection in Berlin. If you are still unsure of anything or need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We have been assisting people from different parts of the world for over 20 years now and we will be happy to help you out as well!