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Restriction on new holiday homes

In future all new properties built in Zermatt/CH must have a principal residence share of 30%. This measure is designed to prevent Zermatt becoming a ghost town during the off-season.
The local electorate approved the relevant regulations with 649 to 246 votes in favour. There is an abundance of building land in Zermatt, most of it privately owned, which is why over the past two years up to 400 new dwellings have been built there. The new regulations are to help regulate the boom in building activity and ensure that the resort remains an attractive place to live for its permanent residents, too. Source: Der Bund 21.06.2004