RULES AND REGULATIONS
Conditions of the 1995 Catering Service Law (NN 48/95) art. 34. Stipulates that any citizen may rent rooms, apartments and/or houses for holiday accommodation for which he is the owner or has a user's right, for a total of a maximum 10 rooms or up to 20 beds.
The same law, art. 39. stipulates that citizens will be issued approval for providing services in their domestic households if they satisfy the following conditions:
1. the citizen must have Croatian nationality
2. the citizen must be qualified in business
3. the citizen must be the owner or have the right to use the facility (rooms, apartments or holiday home)
4. the citizen must satisfy the legal health requirements
5. the citizen must have a decree according to which the facility in which and through which he intends to provide services, satisfies the minimum conditions, and according to this Law, it should be categorised should categorisation be necessary.
6. the citizen must not have any legislative sentence or decree according to which he may not provide services as a citizen within his domestic household –whilst this sentence is active
The above-mentioned conditions are for the most part still applicable, apart from a few modifications that will subsequently be explained.
It should also be mentioned that during that time, those renting property will be provided for by two decrees.
Those renting property are provided for under the following decrees/authorizations which have been issued according to the 1995 Catering Services Law o. until the most recent Catering Services Law (NN no. 152/08 and 43/09) do not have the obligation of coordinating their decrees on any basis, that is their decrees are valid until such time as they require changing.
One of the modifications deriving from the Law on catering services (NN. no. 138/06) is mentioned in art. 55 of the same Law, in which those renting property who are in possession of an old decree should adjust it regarding the capacity of accommodation units it contains.
That is, according to the article mentioned, all those subjects whose number of beds within their total number of accommodation units in their own home amount to more than 16 beds, must adjust their business over a five year period (28.12.2001.), either by reducing their total capacities or by becoming commercial facilities, that is, by opening a small business or trading company.
In the revised text of the Law on catering services - (NN 49/03) when obtaining decree - approval in order to work within ones own home, those renting property must be the owners of the said accommodation facility, whereas in the earlier decree the service provider could obtain such authorisation based on his having the right to use of the said property.
Obligations arising from the new Laws
The responsibility of those renting property during the modification of existing decrees regarding the facility itself, that is, whilst new decrees are being issued according to which the building, or facility in which catering services will be provided within a domestic household, satisfy the conditions as specified by these special regulations without which, authorized offices may not issue decrees in regard to the building's satisfying all conditions for providing services, and is applicable to the Construction law (NN no. 175/03) and the Construction and spatial arrangement law (NN. no.. 76/07).
By importing modifications or additional requirements into the Catering Services Law our aim is to improve the quality of the accommodation.
New additions to the Catering Service Law
The Catering Service Law (NN. no. 138/06) that came into force on 28.12.2006, apart from the modifications already mentioned in earlier catering services laws, brings the following additions:
the claimer, service providers in domestic households, in as far as they satisfy all regulated conditions, will be issued with one decree only.
Additions are highlighted based on the said Law, and are pertinent to the issuing of new, independent Regulations regarding facility categorisation in which catering services are provided within a domestic household (NN. no. 88/07. and 58/08).
According to the new Regulations, accommodation units are observed according to a module system, and are no longer awarded stars.
Conditions for new claimers providing services in domestic households
In the continuation the necessary conditions are provided with regard to issuing approval for services being provided within domestic households regarding both new claimers as well as those wanting to modify their existing decrees/approvals:
1. service providers must be the owner of the facility
2. those renting property must be business qualified
3. they must satisfy all health requirements
4. the facility in which services will be provided, must satisfy minimum conditions as well as conditions for the categorization according to this law
5. those renting property must not have any legal sentences or decrees according to which they may not provide services in a domestic household –until this sentence is active
6. the building/facility in which catering services will be provided within a domestic household must satisfy all conditions as specified in the special regulation, without which, according to that regulation, authorized offices may not issue decrees regarding conditions for providing services being satisfied.
The authorized office must respond to the demands of those renting property within a period of 30 days from the day of the claim being made.