St. Petersburg Law No. 209-38 of April 14, 2017 “On Amendments to the St. Petersburg Law “The Environmental Code of St. Petersburg” and on Repealing Certain Laws of St. Petersburg”

Amendments aimed at harmonizing regional legislation in this area to allocate powers among government authorities were made to the Environmental Code of St. Petersburg which entered into force on January 1, 2017 and governs relations in land use, environmental protection and ecological security in St. Petersburg.

Water relations were added to the Code's scope of regulation.

St. Petersburg Law No. 221-39 of April 19, 2017 “On Amendments to the St. Petersburg Law “On Strategic Investment Projects, Strategic Investors and Strategic Partners of St. Petersburg” and the St. Petersburg Law “On State Support for Investment Activity in St. Petersburg”

The amendments being made by this Law are aimed at clarifying the legal regulation of strategic investment projects in St. Petersburg.

It is determined that the list of highest priority areas of socio-economic development for St. Petersburg in which it is possible to implement strategic investment projects is exhaustive. That said, the differentiation of required amounts of investment for different areas of the economy (RUB 1 billion and RUB 2 billion) remains.

A new area for implementing strategic investment projects was introduced: reconstruction of facilities, including utility lines, intended for electricity, heating, gas and water supply, to free up the sites occupied by them and their protection zones and construction of capital structures1 on the vacated sites (aggregate investment of at least RUB 2 billion).

We note that in order to monitor the implementation of a strategic investment project, a strategic investment project agreement is also concluded between St. Petersburg and the strategic investor.

St. Petersburg Law No. 344-58 of June 14, 2017 “On Amendment of the St. Petersburg Law “On Town-Planning Activity in St. Petersburg”

The St. Petersburg Government was empowered to render decisions to demolish unauthorized construction through administrative proceedings according to Article 222(4) of the RF Civil Code.