Q&A: construction regulation and compliance in Switzerland

Regulation and complianceLicensing proceduresMust foreign designers and contractors be licensed locally to work and, if so, what are the consequences of working without a licence?There is no general licensing requirement for contractors. However, foreign designers and contractors must observe Swiss regulations on dispatching employees (eg, work permits, minimal wages and work safety). Moreover, there are certain licensing requirements for foreign architects. These requirements are set out in cantonal law only (there are no provisions at a federal level).