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.

The Development Economic - State of Vaud (DEV) have tools which allow them to identify development sites and available premises as well as unoccupied grounds, industrial sites and specific infrastructures in the whole canton.

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:

  • Association faîtière des régies immobilières (umbrella organisation for estate agencies)
  • CVI (Vaud chamber of estate agents)
  • USPI (Vaud section of the Swiss union of estate agents)

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 international institutions wanting to establish themselves in the canton to find suitable premises and/or land. They have all the information regarding the procedures involved in establishing an international institution in the region and the various ways of finding premises that simultaneously serve the interests of the institution's activity and protect the environment.

The canton's flagship infrastructures include:

House of International Sport

In the summer of 2006, Lausanne opened the House of International Sport (MSI) , the only centre of competence of its kind in the world, grouping together several organisations involved in the administration of international sport under a single roof.
This new infrastructure constitutes a remarkable opportunity for international sports federations, allowing them to work together, cultivate contacts, share experience and exploit synergies.

The House of International Sport comprises a reception building and three office blocks, forming a modern, welcoming and functional complex in a prime location close to the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee. It provides:

  • 43,000 sq.m of office space,
  • conference rooms,
  • a cafeteria,
  • a gym, and
  • a series of small, fully equipped offices with numerous services included in the rent (shared reception, internet connection, telephones, fax machines, cleaning services).

For more information, please contact Sabrina Tramparulo, Delegate for international sport, by calling ++41 21 315-4215 or e-mailing sabrina.tramparulo(at)

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 SELT homepage provides useful information about the premises available in the priority development sites in conjunction with the regional associations.


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