Revitalising brownfield sites in the Czech Republic has generally been viewed as a nightmare for investors, both private developers and state organisations, mainly due to the length of time required for different permitting processes and the total investment that revitalisation involves, including decontamination and/or demolition costs. However, as suitable land plots for industrial development are becoming increasingly hard to come by, interest in brownfield sites are on the upswing.

This increase in popularity has also been fuelled by the amendment to the Czech Building Act effective from 1 January 2018, as the acceleration and streamlining of the permitting processes introduced under the amendment can also be used to develop brownfield sites. While these changes are not revolutionary, they are an important evolutionary step forward for the permitting process in the Czech Republic.