Federal Civil Service Act

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Basic data
Title: Federal Civil Service Act
Abbreviation: BBG
Type: Federal law
Scope: Federal Republic of Germany
Issued on the basis of: Art. 73 (1) no. 8 GG
Legal matter: Administrative law , civil service law
References : 2030-2-30
Original version from: July 14, 1953
( BGBl. I p. 551 )
Entry into force on: September 1, 1953
Last revision from: February 5, 2009
( BGBl. I p. 160 )
Entry into force of the
new version on:
February 12, 2009
Last change by: Art. 11 G of November 20, 2019
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 1626, 1632 )
Effective date of the
last change:
November 26, 2019
(Art. 155 G of November 20, 2019)
GESTA : B030
Weblink: Text of the law
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The Federal Civil Service Act ( BBG ) regulates the legal status of federal civil servants . It was last revised in 2009 by the Service Law Reform Act.

Classification in the field of law

The federal government has regulated the basic status rights and obligations for all state civil servants in the Civil Servant Status Act on the basis of Art. 74 No. 27 of the Basic Law. Moreover, the have countries own laws on careers, salaries and benefits ( pension , survivors' benefits , accident compensation for their officials). The salary of federal civil servants is regulated in the Federal Salary Act, the provision in the Civil Servants Act .




The Reichsbeamtengesetz of 1873 was the first law for civil servants in the German Reich . It was revised in 1907 and was replaced by the German Civil Service Act of January 26, 1937 (RGBl. IS 577). The "Act for the Provisional Regulation of the Legal Relationships of Persons in the Service of the Federation" ( Federal Law Gazette p. 207 ) declared the German Civil Servants Act to be applicable, along with the provisions issued for its implementation, taking into account some of the changes mentioned in the law. It was published on June 30, 1950 as the “Federal Version of the German Civil Service Act” ( Federal Law Gazette p. 279 ) and took into account changes from 1939 (RGBl. IS 577), 1940 (RGBl. IS 1645), 1941 (RGBl. IS 646) and 1942 (RGBl. IS 107). This was in effect until the Federal Civil Service Act came into force on September 1, 1953.

Revisions and notices

The Federal Civil Servants Act was announced seven times and revised once:


The Federal Civil Servants Act empowers the federal government to specify certain regulatory complexes through legal ordinances . On the basis of the Federal Civil Service Act, the following ordinances have been issued so far:

The federal travel and relocation expenses law is not regulated by ordinance. The Federal Travel Act or Federal Moving Costs Act applies there .