Construction, Switzerland updates

When Environmental Issues Affect Construction Plans
  • Switzerland
  • 09 August 2004

In Switzerland, the construction of new buildings and the modification of existing buildings are subject to approval. At the application stage, issues beyond the construction site itself must be considered, such as traffic development and parking opportunities. Unusually, however, construction plans must also take account of nature conservation issues.

New Building Regulations Make Life Easier for the Disabled
  • Switzerland
  • 26 April 2004

Pursuant to the new Federal Law on the Elimination of Disadvantages for Disabled Persons, all obstacles to the disabled in public buildings must be removed within a 20-year period. The law also requires that new and renovated private buildings be made disabled-friendly, although this rule only applies where the private buildings are open to the public.

New Fee Regulations for Architects
  • Switzerland
  • 15 December 2003

The Swiss Engineer and Architects Association has revised its fee recommendations under pressure from the Federal Competition Commission. The new fee model is based on the estimated time that architects will spend on the project. Although it is more transparent, some have criticized the new model as it requires cooperation with the owner of the building under construction.

Costs for Improvement of Defective Works
  • Switzerland
  • 14 April 2003

If building works are defective and the original contractor is unable to remedy them, the owner is entitled to engage a third-party contractor to make the necessary improvements. Until recently the owner had to advance the costs itself and seek reimbursement from the original contractor through the courts, but a recent Federal Supreme Court has improved the owner's position in this regard.

Airport Expansions Cause Controversy
  • Switzerland
  • 03 December 2001

Significant expansion at Switzerland's largest airports, particularly Zurich-Kloten, has resulted in a dramatic increase in air traffic noise. The proposed construction of a new runway will exacerbate the situation, and new building work in those areas exposed to the worst of the noise may no longer be allowed.

Remedies against Noise Nuisance
  • Switzerland
  • 05 March 2001

The Federal Supreme Court has confirmed precedents which establish the extent to which lessees must tolerate nuisance caused by construction work, particularly at their leased premises and in their neighbourhood. It also outlined the legal measures which lessees can take in order to defend themselves against such nuisance.

Farmers Benefit from Zoning Statute Revisions
  • Switzerland
  • 09 October 2000

The Federal Zoning Statute has been substantially revised as of September 1 2000. The amendments concern construction in areas that lie outside existing building zones and that are usually used for agricultural purposes.

Overview (July 2000)
  • Switzerland
  • 10 July 2000

Including: Public Construction Law; Construction Permits; Private Construction Law

Authorities to Implement Government Procurement Initiatives
  • Switzerland
  • 21 February 2000

Implementation of the Government Procurement Agreement has had a marked impact on recent legislative developments, on national, regional and local levels of government. Case law is as yet unformed due to the newness of the initiatives.

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