Zurich


The cultural and business centre of Switzerland, Zurich offers an affluent and multi-cultural audience for any pop-up shop. With a rich history, there are fewer places that provide such a stunning architecturally diverse backdrop.


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Yes. Subleasing is allowed, in general.
No, there are no restrictions.
Subleasing is not possible without the landlord's consent.
No, extensions can not be excluded by contract.
Tenancy extension cannot be limited by contract, however commercial short-term leases might be excluded from this.
Tenancy extension cannot be limited by contract, however commercial short-term leases might be excluded from this.
No, liability insurance is not required by law.
Yes, landlords normally require liability insurance.
No, a permit is not required to operate a retail trading business. There may be permits required for construction and other work, though.
Normally, no special business permits are required as long as an individual has obtained the necessary work and residence permits. For certain shop categories, e.g. food, alcohol, tobacco, etc., special permit regulations nevertheless apply. Registration of a business in the Commercial Register will automatically result in a general business licence (certificate) being issued. In some specific sectors including banking, insurance, transport, and employment services, a special licence is required.
Generally, shops are open from Monday to Friday between 09.00 - 20.00 and on Saturdays between 09.00 - 17.00. On public holidays, the shops are generally closed.
On public property (streets, pavements, etc.) a corresponding permit is required. You can apply for the permit by post (City of Zurich - Fachgruppe Bewilligung Gewerbe).