Regulations have been introduced in Turkey outlining procedures and principles for opening, operating and inspecting shopping centers, as well as respective duties and responsibilities for owners, management and government agencies. The Regulation on Shopping Centers (“Regulation”) was published in Official Gazette number 29636 on 26 February 2016.
The Regulation defines shopping centre as facilities which meet the following criteria:
Shopping centers should contain areas which are available free of charge for:
The owner and management are jointly responsible for safety measures guarding against accidents in these shared areas, along with other requirements for these areas.
The Regulation outlines the cost allocation rules for:
The Ministry of Customs and Trade enforces the Regulation and inspects shopping centers regarding complaints. If a shopping centre contradicts legislation, sanctions under Article 18 of the Law on Regulation of Retail Trade will apply.