July 29, 2021

The ephemeral terraces will be perpetuated in Paris from April 1 to October 31

From ephemeral they will become summer: the Parisian terraces will be perpetuated each year from 1is April to October 31 and will always close at 10 p.m., announced the Paris City Hall on Monday June 7, specifying that establishments will be exempt from fees until September 30.

At the end of dozens of hours of consultation, the Town Hall, representatives of the hotel and catering industry and local residents’ associations have agreed on the new regulations for displays and terraces which will be presented at the beginning of July. at the Paris Council by Olivia Polski, deputy, in charge of trade, of the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo (Socialist Party), and Emmanuel Grégoire, first deputy.

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Competition for the most beautiful terrace

To perpetuate their summer terrace, establishments will have to apply for authorization online from June 21, while a simple declaration was sufficient since the end of the first confinement. They may continue to operate it pending final authorization, subject in particular to the approval of the mayors of the boroughs and whose renewal from year to year will be tacit.

Ephemeral structures, which will therefore have to be dismantled on 1is November, must remain open spaces, explains Mme Polski at Agence France-Presse (AFP): “Roofs, tarpaulins, barnums, pallet wood, advertising will be prohibited”, double-sloped parasols and awnings, authorized, and revegetation, encouraged. A competition for the most beautiful terrace will reward the best facilities.

These extensions can be installed in the parking spaces located in front of the facade of the establishment, plus a space on each side, on the plots, median and, in the evening, on the space located in front of a closed neighboring shop, if the latter agrees.

Electrical installations (heating, amplified music) remain prohibited, and traders are held responsible for cleanliness, including under their decking and around within a radius of five meters.

Sanctions progressives

Regarding noise pollution, maintaining the closure at 10 p.m. – compared to 2 a.m. for traditional terraces – is a ” good compromise “ with local residents’ associations, said Mr. Grégoire to AFP. The number of jellyfish, these sensors used to measure noise pollution, will be doubled, assures Mme Polish.

In the event of non-compliance with the new regulations, the town hall provides for a “Progressive sanctions scale”, which will go through fines of up to 500 euros, leading to a withdrawal of the authorization in the event of a repeat offense. “There will already be verbalizations in the summer”, warns Mme Polski, although officers will be flexible during the transition period.

Exempt from terrace fees – classic or ephemeral – from the first confinement until September 30, establishments will then pay for terrace extensions a fee per square meter depending on the attractiveness of the street, a system already applied for them. classic terraces, according to Mme Polish.

Faced with a beginning of controversy over the end of these exemptions on June 30 for a sector hard hit by the crisis, Anne Hidalgo had announced the extension of exemptions until the end of September. The exemption from duties on conventional terraces since the first confinement represents a lack of revenue of more than 40 million euros for the City, specified Mr.me Polish.

The World with AFP