Information in English

Message of Greeting

Welcome to the website of the District Government of Upper Franconia. Here we offer you up-to-date information on our work and services. At the same time, you will be introduced to our home district, the district of Upper Franconia. We hope you will enjoy your visit and find the information you need.

We're looking forward to welcome you on our website again soon, or maybe even in real Upper Franconia.

Best wishes,

Heidrun Piwernetz
President of the District Government of Upper Franconia


Presidents

Piwernetz HeidrunHeidrun Piwernetz
President of District Government
Phone: 0921/604-1210
Fax: 0921/604-41258


Engel ThomasThomas Engel
Vice-President of District Government
Phone: 0921/604-1212
Fax: 0921/604-41258


Addresses

District Government of Upper Franconia

Office building
Regierung von Oberfranken
Ludwigstraße 20
D-95444 Bayreuth

Mailing address
Regierung von Oberfranken
Postfach 11 01 65
D-95420 Bayreuth

Phone: +49(0)921/604-0
Fax: +49(0)921/604-41258
E-Mail:

Availability
Monday to Thursday from 08:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m.
and 01:00 p.m. until 03:30 p.m.
Friday 08:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m.
or by appointment

Trade supervisory office

Office building
Regierung von Oberfranken
- Gewerbeaufsichtsamt -
Oberer Bürglaß 34–36
D-96450 Coburg

Mailing address
Regierung von Oberfranken
Postfach 11 01 65
D-95420 Bayreuth

Phone: +49(0)921/604-0
Fax: +49(0)921/604-2202
E-Mail:


Brief information about the District Government

The District Government of Upper Franconia and its Functions within the State Structure

The Free State of Bavaria is subdivided into seven administrative districts. Upper Franconia covers an area of 7,230 km² with about one million inhabitants. Thus, it is one of the smallest Bavarian administrative districts.

Each administrative district of Bavaria is headed by a local Government constituting the median level in the three-tier Bavarian system of state administration. Like all other district Governments, the Government of Upper Franconia is answerable to the Bavarian state ministries. Besides it supervises a number of district administration departments, specialised services and local institutes of Upper Franconia.

The President of the administrative district´s Government is the head of its public administration with a staff of about 700 employees, and is also the administrative principal of about 9,000 civil servants working in the Government´s employ in services and over 100 schools.

The Government´s main functions are:

  • Co-ordination and consolidation
  • Supervision
  • Law protection and Law enforcement
  • Sponsorship

Additionally, the Government is vested with various other powers, tasks and responsibilities.


Co-ordination and consolidation

The Government of Upper Franconia carries out tasks within the competence of various ministries. Just as the various departments of the state and municipal government, the public offices and services under the district Government advocate many specific professional interests and standpoints that are often difficult to align. In this respect the Government´s task is to weigh the various interests against each other, place them under one and the same umbrella, and reach a decision that is both prompt and rational.

In order to perform its duties in the field of co-ordination proficiently, the Government employs many experts in different fields.


Supervision

Employing available means of oversight, i.e.

  • overall administrative supervision over the public offices, and
  • legal and specialised oversight over the 9 administrative counties, over the four cities enjoying county status and to a degree also over the five large county towns, the Government must ensure that all public offices make their decisions in the same manner and in compliance with the law, and particularly where a decision has an impact exceeding an administrative county´s or a town´s limits that supraregional interests be also taken into account. On the other hand, the Government must ensure that all administrative laws are equally enforced throughout the territory subject to its jurisdiction; where needed supraregional interests of the common welfare ought to be promoted and shielded against the sometimes-powerful influence of local interests. The Government is in a position to accomplish this as it is an impartial professionally acting body of state administration, much less suspectable to pressure from local controversies and interests.

Law Protection and Law Enforcement

The administrative laws provide that, apart from some exceptions expressly stipulated therein, a superior institution within the administration can be required to examine the lawfulness and expedience of any subordinate public office´s administrative decision before an appeal against it is taken to the Administrative Court. This duty of the district Governments refers to decisions rendered by the administrative counties´ councils as well as by the municipal councils of the cities enjoying county status (and to a degree also by the large county towns´ councils). Every year, many protests are lodged with the Government whereon it is required to render a decision.


Sponsorship

One of the most important functions of the Government is also to make decisions on the allocation of state subsidies and public funds. Each year about 400 Mio. Euro are spent on e.g. town halls, kindergartens, fire safety, scientific research, labour market funds, trade and commerce, road construction, public transport, social tasks and many other fields of state sponsorship.