Prague City Councilors approve abolition of fees and rent for outside seating and street sale

Prague City Councilors approve abolition of fees and rent for outside seating and street sale


4/16/2020

Prague will not charge restaurants any fees or rent for outside seating on municipal land until the end of the year. Likewise, the city will not charge any fees for the use of public land for takeaway sale outside shops. The support for entrepreneurs to alleviate the impact of Covid-19 has been approved by City Assembly members from all factions.

A motion to abolish the fees and rent was presented by Assembly members across the political spectrum, including Vít Šimral, Jan Chabr, Jiří Pospíšil, Tomáš Portlík and Radomír Nepil. The abolition of the local fees and rent will apply also to open-air marketplaces, including farm product markets.

Street sale outside shops may be allowed after partial easing of the current emergency measures.

Prague estimates that entrepreneurs will save over 200 million crowns in total – approximately 107 million on the local fee for the use of public space and the same amount on the rent for outside seating. The abolition of the local fee for outside seating is effective as of March 14 and the rent will not be charge for all of March.

At the same time, Prague will introduce a simplified and accelerated administrative procedure for the use of pavement outside shops, so that entrepreneurs will be able to notify the authorities just by e-mail and will not have to wait until their request has been officially processed.

The City Assembly has also taken note of the abolition of the local accommodation fee for entrepreneurs offering hospitality services in hostels, spa facilities, and dormitories under exemptions granted by the government. The capital city will also exempt hotels from the local tax until the end of 2020.