Basel


Basel has a rich culture and boasts numerous art galleries, museums, opera houses and theatres. Shopping is a popular past time with many areas and shopping centres in the city dedicated to retail.


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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.
Shops are allowed to be open from Monday to Friday between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. and between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Few shops are also open on Sunday.
A permit for the use of public space is required.