Finding suitable premises

The canton of Vaud has at its disposal a wide range of building land and premises suitable for accommodating administrative, commercial or industrial activities at very attractive conditions.

It is built on a network of private partners and public or semi-public organisations, including :

Private service providers

Property services in Switzerland are mostly in the hands of the private sector. Numerous agencies are on hand to help you in this field.

The property associations are your first point of contact for all aspects of renting premises. Here are a few links you might find helpful in this regard:

Your partners for building or renovation projects are construction enterprises. Here are a few helpful links:

Regional associations

To help smooth the process, regional associations are on hand to help people setting up companies find suitable premises and/or land. They have all the information regarding the procedures involved in setting up a company in the region and the various ways of finding premises that simultaneously serve the interests of the commercial or industrial activity and protect the environment.

Science and technology parks, incubators and strategic sites (priority development sites)


Carte des sites stratégiques cantonaux

The canton of Vaud has available several incubators providing companies operating in technical fields with offices, laboratories, services and a favourable environment for the development of new activities as well as science parks:

A. Ecublens Science Park (PSE) and EPFL Innovation Center

B. Yverdon Science and Technology Park (Y-Parc)

C. Biopôle (Life Science)

D. Aeropôle (Payerne Airport - aeronautics)

E. Sainte-Croix Microwelding Technology Center

F. Orbe Greentech Center (energy and environmental technology)

G. SwissMedia Centers (electronic media and ICT)

H. Ateliers de la Ville de Renens (design and technology)

1 to 19. Strategic sites (priority development sites)

The canton of Vaud encourages the expansion of new activities within the framework of its priority development site programme. This programme consists of 19 zones distributed throughout the canton. Its aim is to provide new companies with high quality land in good strategic locations, at favourable conditions and in full compliance with environmental standards. The priority development sites also offer ready-build premises and partially managed offices for rent. The Website of the Office for Economic Affairs (currently only in French) provides useful information about the premises available in the priority development sites in conjunction with the regional associations.