Local authorities can not establish opening hours of cafes and restaurants — Order of the Ministry of Economy and State Regulatory Service clarification


The Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade, and Agriculture of Ukraine excluded the requirement to approve the opening hours of private restaurants and cafes.

In response to BRDO’s request to the State Regulatory Service, the agency clarified to local self-government bodies that there were no legal grounds for such a requirement.

Previously, local self-government bodies interpreted the provisions of the Law of Ukraine “On Local Self-Government” and the Order of the Ministry of Economy as authorizing them to establish convenient for the population work schedules of both public utility companies and private companies.

From now on, entrepreneurs will have legal grounds for refusing to comply with the illegal requirements of local self-government bodies.

In particular, these are the cities where local authorities restricted the operation of private companies related to the trade, services, and catering industry (Zhytomyr, Chernivtsi, and Khmelnytsky). These decisions of local councils are illegal and contradict the principles of state regulatory policy.