Administrative procedures and accommodation structures

Suspension of terms and deadlines in administrative procedures pursuant to building and zoning regulations 

All the terms and deadlines (mandatory, non-peremptory, preparatory, occurring in the course of the proceedings, final and executive) connected with any administrative procedure, including therefore those relating to building and zoning regulations, commenced ex officio or after a specific application filed by a private party, pending on 23 February 2020 or started after that date, were suspended until 15 May 2020.

In any case, the public administrations shall adopt all the organizational measures suitable to ensure the reasonable duration and prompt conclusion of the above-mentioned procedures, with priority for those to be considered urgent, also on the basis of motivated requests filed by the interested parties.

The terms for the formation of the final decision of a public administration in the form of significant silence (e.g., silent-consent mechanism - silenzio-assenso where set forth for by the law) have been extended or deferred for the corresponding time.

All building and zoning permits, concessions and authorisations, however denominated, including the terms for the commencement and the conclusion of building activities provided by building permits, expiring between 31 January and 31 July 2020, remain valid for 90 days following the declaration of conclusion of the state of emergency. This applies also to self-declarations for the commencement of activities (segnalazioni certificate di inizio attività), fitness for use self-declarations (segnalazioni certificate di agibilità), landscape and environmental authorisations, as well as to deadlines for the collection of building titles, however denominated, issued until the declaration of conclusion of the state of emergency.

The term of validity, the terms for the commencement and for the conclusion of works expiring between 31 January and 31 July 2020. provided for by zoning agreements (convenzioni di lottizzazione), or other town planning agreements, as well as the terms of the related implementation plans (piani attuativi) and connected acts, are extended by 90 days. 

Simplification of administrative procedures

From 19 May 2020 to 31 December 2020:

  • the interventions, including construction work, necessary to ensure compliance with the safety measures prescribed in relation to Covid-19 emergency consisting of contingent and temporary works to be removed at the end of the state of emergency, are in any case allowed after the filing of work commencement notice with the Municipality, in accordance with the seismic, safety, fire prevention, protection from hydrogeological risk and protection of landscape regulations. After the end of the state of emergency, the maintenance of the building works carried out and complying with zoning regulations shall be requested to the Municipality within 31 December 2020;
  • in the request for any economic benefits and/or incentive relating to Covid-19 emergency, any documentation attesting all the subjective and objective requirements set forth by the relevant legislation is replaced by the self-declarations (dichiarazioni sostitutive). The relevant measures adopted by the Public Administration may be revoked only for extraordinary and subsequent public interest reasons. Public Administrations shall carry out proper verifications on the truthfulness of said self-declarations. In case of mendacious information provided by the applicant, the granted economic benefits and/or incentive are revoked, and it will not be possible to access to other benefits for two years from the relevant revocation; 
  • the determination adopted by public authorities in relation to the Covid-19 emergency deemed unlawful may be annulled ex officio by the competent authority, within three months from their adoption instead of 18 months; and
  • the 60-day term for the adoption of measures prohibiting the continuation of activities related to Covid-19 emergency commenced on the basis of a self-declaration (Segnalazione Certificata di Inizio Attività) deemed is extended of further three months.
Energy and energy efficiency

Reduction of the charges relating to low voltage electricity users

The Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment (Autorità di Regolazione per Energia Reti e Ambiente - Arera) has been entrusted with the task of reducing the transportation, management and general electricity system charges incurred by low voltage electricity non-residential users in relation to May, June and July 2020.

The electricity distribution and metering tariffs and the components to cover general electricity system charges, to be applied between 1 May and 30 July 2020, are re-determined in order to ensure a saving of the fixed tariff components applied to said users. The actual tariffs applicable to users with available power supply above 3.3 kW shall not exceed those applicable to users having an available power equal to 3 kW.

Incentives for improvement of energy efficiency and photovoltaic plants

A tax deduction of 110% applies to expenses incurred from 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2021 concerning:

  • building energy efficiency works; 
  • building heritage recovery and energy requalification interventions;
  • installation of solar photovoltaic plants on buildings connected to the power grid with transfer of non-self-consumed on-site energy to Energy Services Manager (Gestore dei Servizi Energetici – GSE); and
  • installation of electrical vehicle recharging infrastructures in building. 

The energy efficiency related interventions shall ensure the improvement of at least two energy classes of the building, or, if not possible, the achievement of the highest energy class, to be demonstrated by the energy performance certificate (attestato di prestazione energetica - APE).

The above-mentioned tax deduction applies to expenses incurred by certain entities (e.g., individuals, condominium, public entities managing social-housing).

Accommodation structures and relevant activities

Requisition in use or in property of hotel structures and other real estate properties with similar characteristics of suitability

Based on the measures adopted by the Italian Government, the competent Prefect (Prefetto), upon proposal of the Department of Civil Protection (Dipartimento della Protezione Civile) and having heard the Department of Prevention (Dipartimento di Prevenzione) which is territorially competent, may order, with its own decree, the requisition in use of hotel structures, or of other real estate properties with similar characteristics of suitability, to host people in health surveillance and fiduciary isolation, where such measures cannot be implemented at the interested person’s home. A requisition allowance is due and paid at the same time of the issuance of the decree by the Prefect.

The requisition allowance is settled in the form of an advance payment, in the same decree of the Prefect, by applying 0.42%, for each month (or fraction of a month) of effective duration of the requisition, to the value obtained by multiplying the cadastral annuity revalued by 5%, by the multiplier used for the purposes of the Italian registration tax, relating to the corresponding cadastral category of the requisitioned property. 

The definitive requisition allowance will be determined within forty days by subsequent decree of the Prefect and it will be equal to the 0.42% of the market value as at 31 December 2019 of the property requisitioned or of properties of similar characteristics.  The above-mentioned decree also settles the difference between the final amounts and the amounts on account of the requisition indemnity.

Accommodation-related activities

Starting from 18 May 2020, accommodation activities of hotels and other similar accommodation structures can be carried out ensuring social distancing and interpersonal safety distance in common areas and in accordance with the protocols and the guidelines adopted by the Conference of the Regions (Conferenza delle Regioni e delle Province autonome) and by single Regions aimed at preventing or reducing the risk of contagion, also taking into account the different types of accommodation structures.

Protocols and guidelines adopted by the Conference of the Regions and by single Regions shall concern: (i) the performance of access, reception and assistance services provided to guests; (ii) the use of common areas, without prejudice to specific requirements set forth for food and drink supply services; (iii) hygiene and sanitation measures for rooms and common areas; (iv) access by external suppliers; (v) the performance of recreational and athletic activities; (vi) the performance of any shuttle services available to guests; and (vii) the information of guests and operators on the safety and risk prevention measures to be followed within the accommodation facilities.

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