Regulatory Affairs

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In keeping with the Administrative Relief Act, the Canton of Zurich undertakes to ensure that administrative procedures are fast and simple. Furthermore, any amendments to legislation or ordinances are subject to a Regulatory Impact Analysis, to assess their impact on businesses. A contact point is available for SMEs.

Contact Point for SMEs

For companies, especially for SMEs, good regulations as well as transparent and efficient procedures are important factors when interacting with the authorities or with public administration. The Regulatory Affairs Unit is committed to addressing any concerns in this regard. Contact us – we are here to help you.

Regulatory Affairs Unit
+41 43 257 44 10

Suggestions for Administrative Relief

Pursuant to the Administrative Relief Act, the Regulatory Affairs Unit may propose measures to reduce administrative burdens for businesses. This includes, inter alia: adjustments to requirements or to procedures related to interacting with public authorities, e.g. simplifying forms or avoiding duplications. Feel free to contact us with any suggestions you may have.  


Do you have a question concerning permits? Would you like to know which authority you need to contact? We will direct you to the competent authority or administrative office for your query. Our information service is available free of charge to companies and to anyone interested in starting a business. 

Regulatory Impact Analysis

In the Canton of Zurich, any legislative proposal is assessed as to its impact on businesses, in particular, on small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). SMEs represent 99% of all companies and more than 50% of all jobs in the canton. 

Examination of Applicable Law

From 2011 to 2014, the Canton of Zurich, working in collaboration with industry representatives, also examined Zurich’s cantonal law to identify potential for reducing administrative burdens for businesses.

Further information

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Office for Economy - Business and Economic Development Division


Walchestrasse 19
8090 Zürich
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+41 43 259 49 92

Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 12 a.m.
1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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