Advertising law, reclaim the windows

December 1st, 2009, Tomasz Rychlicki

On 27 November 2009, Cezary Grabarczyk, the Polish Minister of Infrastructure signed the amendment to the Regulation on technical conditions of use of residential buildings, (in Polish: Rozporządzenie zmieniające rozporzadzenie w sprawie warunków technicznych użytkowania budynków mieszkalnych) of 27 November 2009, published in Journal of Laws (Dziennik Ustaw) of 1999 No. 74, item. 836. The provisions of this amendments govern the possibility of installing big media advertising boards and vinyl’s mesh on which different advertisements are displayed and other devices not related to the use of housing in the multi-family residential buildings.

A multi-family residential building should be used in such a way that its rooms have no restrictions to daytime lighting. The provisions allow only for the installation of equipment and advertising space on the walls without windows, the windows of the staircases or commercial premises. However, the prohibition does not apply in the case of construction works on the building’s facade. The amendments will eliminate the negative impact that big media advertisings placed one housing buildings have on their occupants.

The Regulation enters into force after 14 days from the date of promulgation. All kind of advertising devices and media and other devices not related to the use of the building or apartment that were installed on residential flats before the entry into force of the aforementioned provisions will stay, but not longer than 18 months from the date of entry into force.