Politics & Taxes

Germany's stable political and legal system ensures that investment in Dresden is safe. The efficient public administration offices provide fast approvals and keep regional authorities nearby, while taxes and other corporate fees are in the midfield compared with other large German cities.


Political and administrative processes are flexible and business-friendly. Even before the EU Directive on Services was passed, the city introduced a guidance system for businesses to arrange permitting and thus save time. In 2011 this idea was consistently followed through with the setting up of the Business Service as the city administration's central point for information and advice.

Municipal taxes and other fees are moderate. The municipal trade tax multiplier is 450 percent, well below the highest levels for big German cities.


In 2006 Dresden paid off the last of its debts, making it Germany's first debt-free city. Thanks to increasing tax income over the last few years there is room for investment.

On 5 July 2015 the people of Dresden voted in Dirk Hilbert ("Unabhängige Bürger für Dresden e.V.") as their mayor. The mayor chairs the city council and is head of the city administration department. The city council sets down the principles of administration and makes decisions on all city affairs.


As the capital of the Free State of Saxony, the city of Dresden is the seat of the regional government. This means that important regional decision-makers are within easy reach. Various offices and regional facilities are based here, and the city houses the Saxon state parliament, making Dresden the political centre of Saxony.

Saxony has a long tradition as a business location. Today the federal state is one of the most dynamic in Germany, with the highest employment density in eastern Germany (except Berlin).

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.