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SPECIAL ACT ON DESIGNATION AND MANAGEMENT OF FREE ECONOMIC ZONES

Act No. 9401, Jan. 30, 2009

Amended by Act No. 9386, Jan. 30, 2009

Act No. 9552, Mar. 25, 2009

Act No. 9758, jun. 9, 2009

Act No. 9763, jun. 9, 2009

Act No. 9770, jun. 9, 2009

Act No. 9774, jun. 9, 2009

Act No. 9932, Jan. 18, 2010

Act No. 10220, Mar. 31, 2010

Act No. 10272, Apr. 15, 2010

Act No. 10331, May 31, 2010

Act No. 10339, jun. 4, 2010

Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011

Act No. 10580, Apr. 12, 2011

Act No. 10599, Apr. 14, 2011

Act No. 10892, Jul. 21, 2011

Act No. 11042, Sep. 15, 2011

Act No. 11141, Dec. 31, 2011

Act No. 11396, Mar. 21, 2012

Act No. 11534, Dec. 11, 2012

Act No. 11531, Dec. 11, 2012

Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013

Act No. 12248, Jan. 14, 2014

Act No. 12440, Mar. 18, 2014

Act No. 12737, jun. 3, 2014

Act No. 12738, jun. 3, 2014

Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014

Act No. 12959, Dec. 31, 2014

Act No. 13433, Jul. 24, 2015

Act No. 13474, Aug. 11, 2015

Act No. 13499, Aug. 28, 2015

Act No. 13805, Jan. 19, 2016

Act No. 13797, Jan. 19, 2016

Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016

Act No. 13854, Jan. 27, 2016

Act No. 14307, Dec. 2, 2016

Act No. 14344, Dec. 2, 2016

Act No. 14480, Dec. 27, 2016

Act No. 14569, Feb. 8, 2017

Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017

Act No. 15309, Dec. 26, 2017

CHAPTER I GENERAL PROVISIONS
 Article 1 (Purpose)
The purpose of this Act is to facilitate foreign investment, strengthen national competitiveness, and seek balanced development among regions by improving the business environment for foreign-invested enterprises and living conditions for foreigners through the designation and management of free economic zones.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 2 (Definitions)
The terms used in this Act shall be defined as follows:
1. The term "free economic zone" means a zone developed to improve the business environment for foreign-invested enterprises and living conditions for foreigners and designated and published in accordance with the provisions of Article 4;
2. Deleted; <by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
3. The term "foreigner" means a person who falls under Article 2 (1) 1 of the Foreign Investment Promotion Act;
4. The term "foreign-invested enterprise" means an enterprise provided for in Article 2 (1) 6 of the Foreign Investment Promotion Act;
5. The term "foreign educational institution" means a school (including any branch thereof) established and administered in accordance with foreign Acts and subordinate statutes.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 2-2 (Responsibilities and Duties of the State, etc.)
The State and local governments shall provide administrative and financial support necessary to operate free economic zones so as to achieve the purpose of the designation of the free economic zones.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 12440, Mar. 18, 2014]
 Article 2-3 (Relationship to other Acts)
The provisions on special cases concerning support for, and restriction on, free economic zones under this Act shall precede other provisions on special cases concerning support and restriction under other Acts: Provided, That if any other Act prescribes provisions which are more relaxed than special cases concerning restriction under this Act, such other Act shall apply.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 3 (Relationship with other Plans)
The development plan for a free economic zone provided for in this Act shall precede other development plans provided for in other Acts: Provided, That the same shall not apply to a comprehensive national land plan under Article 6 (2) 1 of the Framework Act on the National Land, a Seoul Metropolitan area readjustment plan under the Seoul Metropolitan Area Readjustment Planning Act, and a plan under the Protection of Military Bases and Installations Act.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
CHAPTER II ESTABLISHMENT OF MASTER PLANS FOR FREE ECONOMIC ZONES AND DESIGNATION OF FREE ECONOMIC ZONES, ETC.
 Article 3-2 (Establishment of Master Plans for Free Economic Zones)
(1) The Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy shall, every five years, establish a master plan for free economic zones, the duration of which shall be at least ten years, to promote the systematic development of free economic zones. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) When the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy intends to establish a master plan for free economic zones referred to in paragraph (1) (hereinafter referred to as "master plan for free economic zones"), he/she shall follow the following procedures: <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
1. Hearing opinions of a Special Metropolitan City Mayor, a Metropolitan City Mayor, a Metropolitan Autonomous City Mayor, a Do Governor, or a Special Self-Governing Province Governor (hereinafter referred to as "Mayor/Do Governor") and the heads of administrative bodies under Article 27-2 (1);
2. Consultation with the heads of relevant central administrative agencies;
3. Deliberation and resolution of the Free Economic Zone Committee under Article 25 (hereinafter referred to as the "Free Economic Zone Committee").
(3) When the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy establishes a master plan for free economic zones pursuant to paragraph (1), he/she shall announce the details thereof in the Official Gazette and notify the Mayors/Do Governors and the heads of administrative bodies thereof under Article 27-2 (1). <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(4) Paragraphs (2) and (3) shall apply mutatis mutandis to modification of master plans for free economic zones.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 3-3 (Details of Master Plans for Free Economic Zones)
A master plan for free economic zones shall contain the following:
1. Matters concerning the basic objectives of free economic zones and medium- and long-term development direction-setting;
2. Matters concerning the development of free economic zones;
3. Matters concerning the attraction of foreign investment in free economic zones;
4. Matters concerning development strategies differentiated for each free economic zone;
5. Matters concerning development projects implemented in free economic zones (hereinafter referred to as "development project") and supports, etc. for enterprises located therein;
6. Other matters necessary for the development of free economic zones.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 4 (Designation, etc. of Free Economic Zones)
(1) A Mayor/Do Governor may request the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy to designate a free economic zone: Provided, That if any proposed zone extends over at least two of the Special Metropolitan City, Metropolitan Cities, Metropolitan Autonomous Cities, Dos, or Special Self-Governing Provinces (hereinafter referred to as "Cities/Dos"), the relevant Mayors/Do Governors shall jointly file a request for designation of a free economic zone. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
(2) Where a Mayor/Do Governor intends to request for the designation of a free economic zone in accordance with paragraph (1), he/she shall prepare and submit a development plan for such free economic zone including the matters set forth in each subparagraph of Article 6 (1) (hereinafter referred to as "development plan for a free economic zone"). In such cases, he/she shall hear the opinions of residents in advance, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(3) Where a development plan for a free economic zone contains the matters concerning industrial complexes under subparagraph 8 (a) through (c) of Article 2 of the Industrial Sites and Development Act, the Mayor/Do Governor shall consult with the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport before making the request for the designation of a free economic zone pursuant to paragraph (1). In such cases, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport shall undergo deliberation by the Industrial Location Deliberation Committee under Article 3 of the Industrial Sites and Development Act. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(4) Upon receiving a request for the designation of a free economic zone pursuant to paragraph (1), the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy shall finalize the development plan for a free economic zone and designate a free economic zone after consultation with the heads of relevant administrative agencies and deliberation and resolution of the Free Economic Zone Committee. In such cases, he/she shall hear the opinion of the Mayor/Do Governor who has requested the designation of such free economic zone in accordance with paragraph (1). <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(5) Where the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy deems it necessary to develop a free economic zone, he/she may devise a development plan for such free economic zone and designate such zone as a free economic zone after obtaining consent from the competent Mayor/Do Governor and undergoing deliberation and resolution of the Free Economic Zone Committee. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(6) When designating a free economic zone, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy may, where necessary, allow the development to be implemented by dividing such free economic zone into at least two districts for development projects. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(7) The Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy may have the development of a free economic zone implemented in phases where the requirements prescribed by Presidential Decree have been fulfilled, such as securing of land required for the development of such free economic zone. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(8) Where the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy designates any free economic zone in accordance with paragraph (4) or (5), he/she shall announce the details of such designation in the Official Gazette and give a notice thereof to the competent Mayor/Do Governor without delay, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. In such cases, Article 8 of the Framework Act on the Regulation of Land Use shall apply with respect to public announcement of a topographic map. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(9) Upon receiving a notice referred to in paragraph (8), the Mayor/Do Governor shall make the details of such notice available for public perusal for at least 14 days. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 5 (Requirements for Designation of Free Economic Zones)
An area meeting the following requirements shall be designated as a free economic zone:
1. Compliance with the master plan for free economic zones;
2. Feasibility of securing the demand of Korean or foreign enterprises to move in;
3. Feasibility of securing or connecting to an environment for settlement of foreigners;
4. Feasibility of securing sites and infrastructure necessary for the development of a free economic zone, such as Metropolitan transport networks, information and communications networks, water supply, electricity, etc.;
5. Economic feasibility of the development of a free economic zone;
6. Feasibility of a financing plan, such as financial burden borne by a local government, methods of attracting private capital, etc.;
7. Other requirements prescribed by Presidential Decree, such as securing professionals, possibility of sustainable development, etc.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 6 (Development Plans for Free Economic Zones)
(1) Each development plan for a free economic zone shall include the following matters: <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11534, Dec. 11, 2012>
1. The name, location, and area of the free economic zone;
2. The need to be designated as a free economic zone;
3. The expected operator of a development project;
3-2. Where the development of a free economic zone is implemented by dividing the free economic zone into at least two districts for a development project, the name, location, and area of the divided districts for a development project (hereinafter referred to as "unit district for a development project");
4. Methods of carrying out a development project (where the development is implemented in phases, including the timing of a phased development);
5. Methods of securing funding;
6. Plans for land utilization and infrastructure;
7. Plans for accommodation of population and construction of residential facilities;
8. Plans for traffic control;
9. Plans for attracting industries;
10. Plans for installing healthcare and medical facilities and educational or welfare facilities;
11. Plans for environmental preservation;
12. Plans for attracting foreign investment and building environment for settlement of foreigners;
13. Matters concerning supply of exclusive land for foreign-invested enterprises;
14. Matters concerning re-investment of development gains;
15. Where any land, building, article or right to be expropriated or used exists, the detailed list;
15-2. Where a land owner has any land for land substitution, the plan for land substitution;
16. Other matters prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) The Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy may decide and publicly announce matters necessary for the establishment of the development plan for a free economic zone. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 6-2
[Former Article 6-2 Transferred to Article 7-3 by Act No.10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 6-3
[Former Article 6-3 Transferred to Article 7-4 by Act No.10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 7 (Modification of Development Plans for Free Economic Zones)
(1) The Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy may modify a development plan for a free economic zone. The same shall also apply where such modification is requested by a Mayor/Do Governor. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) Where the operator of a development project (hereinafter referred to as "development project operator") requests modification of a development plan for a free economic zone through a competent Mayor/Do Governor, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy may modify the said development plan for a free economic zone. In such cases, if the district subject to the development project extends over at least two Cities or Dos, the development project operator shall file the said request through all the relevant Mayors/Do Governors. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) Provisions of Articles 4 and 6 shall apply mutatis mutandis to the procedures and requirements for the modification under paragraphs (1) and (2): Provided, That the following subparagraphs shall apply mutatis mutandis only to cases where the following classifications apply: <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
1. The latter part of Article 4 (2): Where modification of any important matter prescribed by Presidential Decree is intended;
2. Article 4 (3): Where the area of an industrial complex is increased or decreased by at least 10/100 or the area of the land for industrial facilities within an industrial complex is increased or decreased by at least 10/100;
3. Article 4 (5): Where a development plan for a free economic zone is modified pursuant to the former part of paragraph (1).
(4) Where any minor matter prescribed by Presidential Decree in the development plan for a free economic zone is modified pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2), deliberation and resolution of the Free Economic Zone Committee may be omitted. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 7-2 (Effect of Designation of Free Economic Zones)
When any free economic zone is designated or modified, the designation, decision, establishment, determination, approval, or modification under the following subparagraphs shall be deemed made according to the details of the development plan for the said free economic zone: <Amended by Act No. 9552, Mar. 25, 2009; Act No. 10272, Apr. 15, 2010; Act No. 10599, Apr. 14, 2011; Act No. 10764, May 30, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014; Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
1. Designation of an urban development zone under Article 3 of the Urban Development Act and establishment of a plan for an urban development project under Article 4 of the same Act;
2. Designation of an area prearranged for housing site under Article 3 of the Housing Site Development Promotion Act and establishment of a housing site development plan under Article 8 of the same Act;
3. Designation of a national industrial complex, general industrial complex, and urban high-tech industrial complex under Articles 6, 7, and 7-2 of the Industrial Sites and Development Act;
4. Designation of a tourist destination and a tourism complex under Article 52 of the Tourism Promotion Act;
6. Establishment, modification, or determination of an urban or Gun master plan under Articles 18, 22, or 22-2 of the National Land Planning and Utilization Act, or approval therefor from the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (which shall be limited to cases where a proposal for modification of an urban or Gun master plan for an area other than free economic zones was submitted to, and approved by, a person authorized to establish the urban or Gun master plan);
7. Modification of a basic plan for reclamation under Articles 23 and 27 of the Public Waters Management and Reclamation Act;
8. Modification of a plan for integrated coastal management and a plan for coastal management area under Article 12 of the Coast Management Act;
9. Decision on a river area under Article 10 of the River Act and modification of a basic river plan under Article 25 of the same Act;
10. Modification of a basic plan for waterworks installation and management under Article 4 of the Water Supply and Waterworks Installation Act;
11. Modification of a framework plan for sewerage management under Articles 5 and 6 of the Sewerage Act.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 7-3 (Consultation when Developing Areas for which Development Plan for Free Economic Zone has not been Established within Free Economic Zones)
Any person, who intends to grant approval, authorization, designation, permission, etc. on development works under any other Act for any area within a free economic zone regarding which a development plan for a free economic zone has not been established, shall consult with the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy: Provided, That, in cases prescribed by Presidential Decree, he/she shall have consultation with the competent Mayor/Do Governor. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 7-4 (Consultation on Areas Adjoining Free Economic Zones)
Where the Mayor/Do Governor or the head of a Si/Gun/Gu (referring to the head of an autonomous Gu; hereinafter the same shall apply) intends to engage in any of the following within the area adjoining a free economic zone within a certain distance determined by Presidential Decree, he/she shall have a prior consultation with the competent Mayor/Do Governor: <Amended by Act No. 10599, Apr. 14, 2011>
1. Creation of an industrial complex;
2. Decision on, or decision on modification of, an urban and Gun management planning;
3. Supply of collective housing with at least 100 households;
4. Deleted. <by Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 7-5 (Restrictions on Acts)
(1) A person who intends to engage in any act prescribed by Presidential Decree, such as the alteration of form and quality of land, the construction of buildings, and the installation of structures within the districts of a development project shall obtain permission from the competent Mayor/Do Governor. The same shall also apply to any modification of the permitted matters.
(2) A person may engage in any of the acts provided for in paragraph (1) without obtaining permission notwithstanding paragraph (1). Provided, That where he/she has taken emergency measures under subparagraph 1, he/she shall immediately report to the competent Mayor/Do Governor: Newly Inserted by Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
1. Emergency measures necessary for disaster restoration or disaster control;
2. Acts prescribed by Presidential Decree, such as changing the form or quality for cultivation.
(3) A Mayor/Do Governor may order a person who fails to obtain permission or permission for alteration in violation of paragraph (1) to reinstate. <Amended by Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(4) Where a person who has received an order to reinstate under paragraph (3) fails to implement the said order, the Mayor/Do Governor may make its vicarious execution under the Administrative Vicarious Execution Act. <Amended by Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 7-6 (Modification of Development Plans under other Acts)
(1) Where it is necessary to modify a free economic zone development plan because the following plans have been formulated or modified with respect to a free economic zone, the free economic zone development plan shall be deemed modified, notwithstanding Article 7 (1). In such cases, the head of a central administrative agency or the head of a local government authorized to formulate, modify, and approve the following plans shall consult with the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy in advance about modifications to the free economic zone development plan: <Amended by Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016; Act No. 15309, Dec. 26, 2017>
1. An industrial complex development plan under Articles 6, 7 and 7-2 of the Industrial Sites and Development Act;
2. A free trade zone master plan formulated under Article 4 of the Act on Designation and Management of Free Trade Zones;
3. A harbor master plan under Article 5 of the Harbor Act;
4. A harbor hinterland development plan under Article 42 of the Harbor Act;
5. A harbor redevelopment project plan under Article 54 of the Harbor Act;
6. A business plan on the creation and development of a marina harbor, etc. under Article 8 of the Act on the Development, Management, etc. of Marinas;
9. A master plan for tourism development under Article 49 of the Tourism Promotion Act;
(2) Article 7 (3) and (4) shall apply mutatis mutandis to procedures for modifications to free economic zone development plans under paragraph (1).
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014]
 Article 8 (Revocation of Designation of Free Economic Zones)
(1) Where a free economic zone designated pursuant to Article 4 falls under any of the following, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy may revoke the designation of the free economic zone or exclude the relevant unit district for a development project from the free economic zone. The same shall apply where the Mayor/Do Governor makes the request therefor: <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
1. Where it has become impossible to develop a free economic zone has for a substantial period due to reasons, such as restriction on development activities under other statutes or evasion of participation in a project by a development project operator, etc.;
2. Where it is impractical to develop and manage a free economic zone because such zone is also designated as a development zone, area, district, etc. under other statutes;
3. Where it is impossible or unlikely to achieve the objectives of the designation of a free economic zone for reasons such as poor records of foreign investment;
4. Where any ground prescribed by Presidential Decree and equivalent to those under subparagraphs 1 through 3 exists.
(2) Where the designation of a free economic zone is revoked pursuant to paragraph (1), the specific use district of the area where the designation of a free economic zone is revoked shall revert to the previous specific use district which has changed due to the designation of a free economic zone: Provided, That the same shall apply to an area where the development of a free economic zone is completed.
(3) Article 4 (1) through (5), (8), and (9) shall apply mutatis mutandis to the revocation of the designation of a free economic zone.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 8-2 (Designation of Free Economic Zones Deemed Revoked)
(1) Where application for approval of an implementation plan under Article 9 (1) for all or part of the relevant free economic zone is not filed within three years (where the period for approval is extended pursuant to Article 9 (3), four years) from the date (where the development of a free economic zone is implemented in phases pursuant to Article 4 (7), the date prescribed by Presidential Decree) on which the free economic zone is designated and publicly announced pursuant to Article 4 (8), the designation of a free economic zone shall be deemed revoked on the day following the expiration date of such period: Provided, That the same shall not apply where the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy deems that it is inevitable for the efficient development, etc. of the relevant free economic zone after deliberation and resolution of the Free Economic Zone Committee at the request of the Mayor/Do Governor. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) Article 4 (8) and (9) shall apply mutatis mutandis to revocation under paragraph (1).
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
CHAPTER III IMPLEMENTATION OF DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS OF FREE ECONOMIC ZONES
 Article 8-3 (Designation of Development Project Operators)
(1) The Mayor/Do Governor shall designate a development project operator for a free economic zone or the relevant unit district for a development project (limited to development implemented through division pursuant to Article 4 (6)), from among the following persons: <Amended by Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
1. The State or a local government;
2. An administrative body under Article 27-2 (1) (limited to cases where such body is established as a local government association under Article 159 of the Local Autonomy Act;
3. An institution prescribed by Presidential Decree as a public institution under the Act on the Management of Public Institutions;
4. A local government-invested public corporation established in accordance with the Local Public Enterprises Act;
5. A person meeting qualification requirements prescribed by Presidential Decree, such as capital, etc., who is not related to a public sector;
6. A corporation established through investment from at least two persons falling under any of subparagraphs 1 through 5 exceeding 70/100 of its capital stock for the purposes of implementing a development project.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1), the Mayor/Do Governor shall designate a development project operator for an area excluded from a development-restriction zone under Article 38 of the National Land Planning and Utilization Act, from among the following persons: <Amended by Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
1. A person falling under any of paragraph (1) 1 through 4;
2. A person falling under paragraph (1) 6 (limited to cases where the ratio of investment by a person falling under paragraph (1) 5 is less than 50/100).
(3) Where the Mayor/Do Governor intends to designate the State or a public institution as a development project operator pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2), he/she shall consult in advance with the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy or the heads of relevant ministries. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(4) The Mayor/Do Governor shall consider the following matters when designating a development project operator: <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
1. Capability to attract foreign investment;
2. Financial soundness and capability to raise the required funds;
3. Experience in implementing similar development projects;
4. Matters deemed necessary for the smooth execution of a development project and publicly announced by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy.
(5) Where the Mayor/Do Governor designates a development project operator pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2), he/she shall publish the details thereof in the Official Gazette.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 8-4 (Obligations, etc. of Development Project Operators)
(1) A development project operator designated pursuant to Article 8-3 (1) or (2) shall implement the development project according to the development plan for a free economic zone determined or determined for modification pursuant to Articles 4 and 7 and the implementation plan approved pursuant to Article 9, in a faithful manner.
(2) Where a development project operator fails to implement the development project in a faithful manner pursuant to paragraph (1), the Mayor/Do Governor may issue an implementation order, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 8-5 (Revocation of Designation of Development Project Operators and Substitute Designation, etc.)
(1) The Mayor/Do Governor may revoke the designation of a development project operator in any of the following cases:
1. Where the development project operator obtains approval, designation, etc. under this Act by fraud or other improper means;
2. Where the development is unlikely to be completed within the implementation period because the purchase, etc. of land is delayed due to grounds attributable to the development project operator;
3. Where the development project operator fails to perform an implementation plan under Article 9 (1) without good cause;
4. Where the development project operator fails to meet qualification requirements under Article 8-3 (1) 5 and (2) 2;
5. Where the development project operator fails to apply for approval for an implementation plan under Article 9 (1) within two years from the date of designation as a development project operator without good cause;
6. Where the development project operator fails to comply with an order issued under Article 8-4 (2) without good cause;
7. Where the development project operator violates this Act and the revocation of the designation of a development project operator is requested for public interests.
(2) Where the Mayor/Do Governor revokes the designation of a development project operator pursuant to paragraph (1), he/she may substitute a new development project operator. In such cases, Article 8-3 (1) through (4) shall apply mutatis mutandis to the designation of a development project operator.
(3) A development project operator substituted pursuant to paragraph (2) shall succeed to the status of the former development project operator with respect to the development plan for a free economic zone and approval for the implementation plan under Article 9 (1).
(4) When the Mayor/Do Governor revokes the designation of a development project operator or substitute a new development project operator pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2), he/she shall announce the details thereof in the public bulletin.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 8-6 (Orders, etc. to Sell Prepared Land)
(1) Where a Mayor/Do Governor revokes the designation of a development project operator pursuant to Article 8-5 (1), he/she may order the development project operator to sell the land purchased for the relevant project to a new development project operator substituted pursuant to paragraph (2) of the same Article. In such cases, a Mayor/Do Governor shall notify the development project operator substituted of such fact.
(2) Where the development project operator substituted pursuant to Article 8-5 (2) receives an order to purchase land under paragraph (1), he/she shall commence the consultation on the purchase of the relevant land with the former development project operator without delay.
(3) The standard amount for purchase consultation under paragraph (2) shall be the sum of the cost of purchase and the amount obtained by multiplying the cost of purchase by a statutory interest rate under the Civil Act. In such cases, methods, etc. of calculating the cost of purchase shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(4) Where a Mayor/Do Governor issues an order to sell land pursuant to paragraph (1) and the development project operator has already gained profits (referring to the amount calculated by subtracting the amount sold from the cost of purchase) by selling the relevant land to a third party, such profits shall be restituted.
(5) The amount restituted pursuant to paragraph (4) shall be imposed and collected in the same manner as delinquent national taxes are collected.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 9 (Approval for Implementation Plans for Developing Free Economic Zones)
(1) A development project operator shall prepare an implementation plan for developing free economic zones (hereinafter referred to as "implementation plan") and obtain approval therefor from the competent Mayor/Do Governor within two years from the date of designation as a development project operator, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. The same shall apply where he/she intends to modify any of the approved matters: Provided, That where the development of any free economic zone is implemented in phases in accordance with Article 4 (7), an application for approval for the final phase of the implementation plan shall be filed by the time set separately within a range of ten years from the date of the public announcement under Article 4 (8). <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(2) Where a Mayor/Do Governor approves an implementation plan that meets the criteria prescribed by Presidential Decree or approves any modification thereof, he/she shall consult, in advance, with the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) Where a development project operator requests extension of the deadline for approval for the implementation plan due to any unavoidable reason, such as delay in foreign investment or natural disasters, etc., the Mayor/Do Governor may extend the said deadline by a period not exceeding one year. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(4) An implementation plan shall include a district-unit plan formulated in accordance with Article 52 of the National Land Planning and Utilization Act.
(5) A Mayor/Do Governor shall consult with the development project operator about renting, or supplying for lotting-out, part of the land for industrial or distribution facilities to foreign-invested enterprises, taking into account the characteristics and conditions of the free economic zone under his/her jurisdiction and reflect such matters in an implementation plan. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 9-2 (Special Cases concerning the National Land Planning and Utilization Act)
(1) The Special Metropolitan City or any Metropolitan City having jurisdiction over a free economic zone or any Si/Gun located within a free economic zone may, where deemed necessary for a development project, separately determine the maximum building coverage ratio or building-to-land ratio applicable to the free economic zone within 150/100 by municipal ordinance, as prescribed by Presidential Decree, notwithstanding Article 77 or 78 of the National Land Planning and Utilization Act.
(2) Notwithstanding the main body other than each subparagraph of Article 29 (2) of the National Land Planning and Utilization Act, the urban and Gun management planning under subparagraph 2 of the same paragraph shall be determined by the relevant Mayor/Do Governor. <Amended by Act No. 10599, Apr. 14, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 9-3 (Special Cases concerning the Installation and Utilization of Sports Facilities Act)
A development project operator may, where deemed necessary for a development project, implement the development project in accordance with the installation of buildings and the site's size as provided for in the implementation plan, notwithstanding Article 11 of the Installation and Utilization of Sports Facilities Act.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 9-4 (Reversion of Public Facilities, Land, etc.)
Where a development project operator installs new public facilities (excluding parking lots and sports grounds; hereafter the same shall apply in this Article) or installs facilities replacing the existing public facilities due to the implementation of such development project, Articles 65 and 99 of the National Land Planning and Utilization Act shall apply mutatis mutandis to the reversion of the said facilities. In such cases, the development project operator deemed an administrative agency shall be limited to a person falling under any of Article 8-3 (1) 1 through 4. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
1. through 3. Deleted. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 9-5 (Restrictions on Disposal of State-Owned Land and Public-Owned Land)
No land owned by the State or a local government located in a free economic zone (limited to an area for which the development plan for a free economic zone has been established), which is necessary for development projects, shall be sold or transferred for a purpose other than to carry out development projects.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 9-6 (Special Cases concerning the Farmland Act)
Notwithstanding Article 34 of the Farmland Act, a person who intends to divert the use of farmland within a free economic zone shall obtain permission from the competent Mayor/Do Governor. In such cases, Article 34 (2) of the same Act shall not apply.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 9-7 (Methods of Disposal of Prepared Land, etc.)
(1) Each development project operator shall supply land prepared by development projects within free economic zones (hereinafter referred to as "prepared land"), as prescribed by the implementation plan.
(2) Where a development project operator supplies any prepared land for purposes determined by Presidential Decree, including inducement of foreign investment, he/she may supply such prepared land by attaching conditions, such as compliance of designated use, compliance of period for compulsory use, prohibition of resale, and special agreement for repurchase, and may have its supply price below its preparation cost.
(3) Matters regarding procedures for supplying any prepared land supplied by a development project operator by usage, its method, pricing standard, and other supply conditions shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 9-8 (Re-Investment of Development Gains)
(1) Each development project operator shall use some of development gains generated from a development project for any of the following purposes, as prescribed by Presidential Decree:
1. Reduction of prices for lotting-out or rental fees of land for facilities for industry and distribution within the relevant free economic zone;
2. Earmarking for costs incurred in installing infrastructure or public facilities.
(2) Each development project operator shall take necessary measures, such as separate accounts for the development gains generated, to ensure the re-investment of the development gains under paragraph (1).
(3) Articles 8 through 12 of the Restitution of Development Gains Act shall apply mutatis mutandis to the calculation of development gains under paragraph (1).
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 10 (Publication of Approval for Implementation Plans, etc.)
(1) Where a Mayor/Do Governor approves an implementation plan or the modification thereof in accordance with Article 9, he/ she shall publish such fact without delay in the official report and send copies of relevant documents to the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) The Mayor/Do Governor shall offer the details of approval for an implementation plan or the modification thereof for public perusal for at least 14 days. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 11 (Deemed Authorization, Permission, etc.)
(1) Where a development project operator obtains approval for an implementation plan or a modification thereto under Article 9, he/she shall be deemed to have obtained any of the following permission, authorization, designation or approval, to have held consultations, or to have reported, etc. (hereinafter referred to as "permission, etc."), and the publication of approval for an implementation plan provided for in Article 10 shall be deemed the publication or announcement of permission, etc. under the relevant Acts, which fall under the following subparagraphs: <Amended by Act No. 9401, Jan. 30, 2009; Act Nos. 9758, 9763 & 9774, Jun. 9, 2009; Act No. 10272, Apr. 15, 2010; Act No. 10331, May 31, 2010; Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 10599, Apr. 14, 2011; Act No. 12248, Jan. 14, 2014; Act No. 12737, Jun. 3, 2014; Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014; Act No. 13433, Jul. 24, 2015; Act No. 13805, Jan. 19, 2016; Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016; Act No. 14480, Dec. 27, 2016; Act No. 14569, Feb. 8, 2017>
1. Permission for changing the form or quality of land under Article 21-2 of the Grassland Act, and permission for diverting the use of grassland to other purposes under Article 23 of the same Act;
2. Permission for or reporting on the diversion of mountainous districts under Articles 14 and 15 of the Mountainous Districts Management Act, permission for or reporting on a temporary use of mountainous districts under Article 15-2 of the same Act, permission for the gathering of soil or stones under Article 25 of the same Act, permission for or reporting on the cutting, etc. of standing trees under Article 36 (1) and (4) of the Creation and Management of Forest Resources Act, permission for or reporting on activities in forest protection districts under Article 9 (1) and (2) 1 and 2 of the Forest Protection Act (excluding forest heredity protection districts) and cancellation of designation of a forest protection district under Article 11 (1) 1 of the same Act;
3. Alteration or cancellation of designation of an agricultural development region, etc. under Article 31 of the Farmland Act, and permission for or consultation on diverting the use of farmland under Article 34 of the same Act;
4. Permission for using agricultural production infrastructure under Article 23 of the Agricultural and Fishing Villages Improvement Act and approval for a development project plan for tourism and resort complexes of agricultural or fishing village under Article 82 (2) of the same Act;
6. Consultations with, or approval by a river management agency under Article 6 of the River Act, permission for carrying out any river work under Article 30 of the same Act and permission for occupying and using any river under Article 33 of the same Act;
7. Permission for occupying and using public waters under Article 8 of the Public Waters Management and Reclamation Act, approval (excluding sites to be reclaimed with a license for reclamation) for an implementation plan for occupation and use under Article 17 of the same Act, license for reclamation of public waters under Article 28 of the same Act, announcement under Article 33 of the same Act, consultation or approval for reclamation conducted by the State, etc. under Article 35 of the same Act, and approval for and announcement of an implementation plan for reclamation of public waters under Article 38 of the same Act;
8. Authorization for installing public sewerage (limited to excreta treatment facilities) under Article 11 of the Sewerage Act;
9. Approval for or reporting on installing waste-treatment facilities under Article 29 of the Wastes Control Act;
10. Authorization for any general waterworks and industrial waterworks under Articles 17 and 49 of the Water Supply and Waterworks Installation Act, and authorization for installing the tap-water system for private use and industrial-water system for private use under Articles 52 and 54 of the same Act;
11. Permission for power-generation business, power-transmission business, power-distribution business or power-sales business under Article 7 of the Electric Utility Act and authorization for or reporting on a plan for installing private power-generation equipment under Article 62 of the same Act;
13. Approval for any project plan under Article 15 of the Tourism Promotion Act and approval for any program for building any tourist spot and any tourist complex under Article 54 of the same Act;
14. Deleted; <by Act No. 10272, Apr. 15, 2010>
15. Permission granted to a person who is not a road management agency under Article 36 of the Road Act to perform roadworks, permission to occupy and use a road under Article 61 of the aforesaid Act, and consultation with a road management agency under Article 107 of the aforesaid Act or approval;
16. Decision on an urban and Gun management planning under Article 30 of the National Land Planning and Utilization Act, publication of a topographical map under Article 32 of the same Act, permission for dividing and changing the form or quality of any land under Article 56 of the same Act, the designation of any operator of the urban and Gun planning facility project under Article 86 of the same Act and authorization for any implementation plan under Article 88 of the same Act;
17. Permission for implementing any public sewerage works under Article 16 of the Sewerage Act and permission for occupying and using any public sewerage under Article 24 of the same Act;
18. Permission for reburying any grave under Article 27 of the Act on Funeral Services, Etc.;
19. Permission for implementing any harbor works under Article 9 (2) of the Harbor Act and approval for any implementation plan under Article 10 (2) of the same Act;
19-2. Approval of an implementation plan under Article 22 of the Port Authority Act;
20. Designation of the operator of an urban development project under Article 11 of the Urban Development Act, authorization for founding any association under Article 13 of the same Act and authorization for and the publication, etc. of any implementation plan under Articles 17 and 18 of the same Act;
21. Approval for any implementation plan of a housing site development project under Article 9 of the Housing Site Development Promotion Act;
23. Permission for opening any private road under Article 4 of the Private Road Act;
24. Permission for logging timbers, etc. under Article 14 of the Erosion Control Work Act, and revocation on designation of an erosion control or collapse work under Article 20 of the same Act;
25. Approval of comprehensive plans for the maintenance of small rivers under Article 6 of the Small River Maintenance Act, permission for implementing small river works under Article 10 of the same Act, and permission for occupying and using small rivers under Article 14 of the same Act;
26. Permission for collecting aggregates under Article 22 of the Aggregate Extraction Act;
27. Permission for using any administrative property under Article 30 of the State Property Act;
28. Permission for using and profiting from any administrative or preservation property under Article 20 of the Public Property and Commodity Management Act;
29. Consultation on the validity of supplying any integrated energy under Article 4 of the Integrated Energy Supply Act;
30. Consultation on any program for using energy under Article 10 of the Energy Use Rationalization Act;
31. Analysis on traffic impact evaluation under Article 16 of the Urban Traffic Improvement Promotion Act;
32. Approval for any implementation plan for developing any logistics complex under Article 28 of the Act on the Development and Management of Logistics Facilities;
33. Designation of the operator of an industrial complex development project under Article 16 of the Industrial Sites and Development Act and approval for the implementation plan of a national industrial complex development project, a general industrial complex development project, and a up-to-date city industrial complex development project under Articles 17, 18 and 18-2 of the same Act;
34. Inspection on the publication of maps, etc. under Article 15 (3) of the Act on the Establishment, Management, etc. of Spatial Data;
35. Reporting on the undertaking, alteration or completion of business under Article 86 (1) of the Act on the Establishment, Management, etc. of Spatial Data;
36. Deliberation by the Construction Committee under Article 4 of the Building Act, permission for construction under Article 11 of the same Act, permission for and reporting on the construction of temporary structures under Article 20 of the same Act, and consultation on construction under Article 29 of the same Act;
37. Installation and registration of a superstore under Article 8 of the Distribution Industry Development Act;
38. Deleted; <by Act No. 12737, Jun. 3, 2014>
39. Approval for a project plan under Article 15 of the Housing Act.
(2) Where a Mayor/Do Governor approves any implementation plan or a modification thereto, which includes the matters falling under any subparagraph of paragraph (1), in accordance with Article 9, he/she shall consult in advance with the heads of relevant administrative agencies, and the heads of administrative agencies in receipt of a request for such consultation shall submit their opinion within the period prescribed by Presidential Decree. In such cases, the heads of relevant administrative agencies shall be deemed to have no opinions unless they submit any opinion within the prescribed period. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(3) The head of a relevant administrative agency in charge of the matters falling under any subparagraph of paragraph (1) shall notify the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy of the standards for handling such matters. The same shall also apply when he/she has altered them. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(4) Where the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy is notified of the handling standards under paragraph (3), he/she shall publicly announce them after combining such standards. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(5) Where permission, etc. is deemed granted under other Acts in accordance with paragraph (1), fees imposed under the related Acts shall be waived.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 12 (Commencement of Development Projects)
(1) The deadline for commencing a development project of a free economic zone shall be one year from the date on which approval for the implementation plan is granted under Article 9 (1): Provided, That where the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy deems it inevitable to extend the deadline for commencing such development project, the deadline may be extended only once by a period not exceeding one year. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) Where a development project is not commenced by the deadline under paragraph (1), the approval for the implementation plan shall become null and void on the date following the date on which the deadline expires.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 13 (Land Expropriation)
(1) When it is necessary for implementing a development project, any development project operator may expropriate (including use; hereinafter the same shall apply) land, goods, or rights (hereinafter referred to as "land, etc.") under Article 3 of the Act on Acquisition of and Compensation for Land, etc. for Public Works Projects. <Amended by Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
(2) Where approval for the implementation plan is announced in accordance with Article 10, the approval of the project and the announcement thereof provided for in Articles 20 and 22 of the Act on Acquisition of and Compensation for Land, etc. for Public Works Projects shall be deemed made, and any application for adjudication shall be filed within the project implementation period determined by the implementation plan, notwithstanding Articles 23 and 28 of the same Act: Provided, That where the development plan for a free economic zone includes detailed items of land, etc. to be expropriated, the announcement of the development plan for a free economic zone under Article 4 (8) shall be deemed the project approval and the announcement thereof under Articles 20 and 22 of the Act on Acquisition of and Compensation for Land, etc. for Public Works Projects and the application for adjudication with respect to the relevant land, etc. shall be filed within the period determined by the development plan for a free economic zone. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
(3) The Land Tribunal having jurisdiction over the adjudication on the expropriation of land, etc. referred to in paragraph (1) shall be the Central Land Tribunal.
(4) The Act on Acquisition of and Compensation for Land, etc. for Public Works Projects shall apply mutatis mutandis to the expropriation of land, etc. referred to in paragraph (1) except as otherwise specifically provided for in this Act.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 13-2 (Land Substitution for Land Owners)
(1) A development project operator may perform a land substitution for land owners, if it is necessary to implement the development project.
(2) Articles 4 (4) through (7), 28 through 32, 32-2, 32-3, 33 through 36, 36-2, and 37 through 49 of the Urban Development Act shall apply mutatis mutandis to the land substitution referred to in paragraph (1): Provided, That if the development project operator has obtained an approval of the implementation plan, including the land substitution plan under Article 28 (1), it shall be deemed to have obtained the authorization for the land substitution plan under Article 29 of the same Act. <Amended by Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 11534, Dec. 11, 2012]
 Article 14 (Inspection on Completion of Works)
(1) Where any development project operator completes all or part of a development project, he/she shall promptly receive the work completion inspection for the development project by the competent Mayor/Do Governor, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. In such cases, the competent Mayor/Do Governor shall consult in advance with the heads of administrative agencies concerned. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(2) Where a development project operator has received the work completion inspection for a development project in accordance with paragraph (1), he/she shall be deemed to have received the work completion inspection or authorization for work completion for the relevant development project in accordance with permission, etc. provided for in each subparagraph of Article 11 (1).
(3) Any prepared land or installed facilities shall be prohibited from being used before the work completion inspection for the relevant development project in accordance with paragraph (1): Provided, That the same shall not apply where permission to use thereof is obtained from the competent Mayor/Do Governor, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(4) A Mayor/Do Governor shall manage any free economic zone, the development project of which is completed, in accordance with the zone-unit program included in the implementation plan published under Article 10.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 14-2 (Allotment of Expenses)
(1) Except as otherwise specifically provided for in this Act or other Acts, expenses necessary to conduct a development project shall be borne by the relevant development project operator.
(2) The following facilities within a free economic zone (limited to an area for which the development plan for a free economic zone has been established) shall be installed at the cost of a person other than the development project operator in accordance with the following classifications within the scope prescribed by Presidential Decree: Provided, That where it is agreed otherwise between the competent Mayor/Do Governor and the development project operator, such agreement shall apply:
1. Installation of roads, waterworks, and sewerage: City/Do;
2. Installation of electric facilities, gas supply facilities, or district heating facilities: Person who supplies electricity, gas, or heating to the relevant district;
3. Installation of communications facilities: Person who renders communications services to the relevant district.
(3) Unless any extenuating circumstance exists, the installation of facilities under paragraph (2) shall be completed by the date when an application for work completion inspection under Article 14 is filed.
(4) When a development project operator installs roads, waterworks, or sewerage referred to in paragraph (2) 1 in accordance with the proviso to the same paragraph, he/she may request the relevant City/Do to conduct the installation project on his/her behalf. In such cases, expenses incurred in such installation shall be borne by the relevant development project operator.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 14-3 (Procedures for Development of Industrial Complexes, etc. being Developed)
In cases of any area being developed because it is designated as an industrial complex under the Industrial Sites and Development Act or an innovation city under the Special Act on the Construction and Development of Innovation Cities even before the designation of a free economic zone, notwithstanding Articles 9, 9-2 through 9-7, 10 through 14 and 14-2, the development procedures prescribed in the Industrial Sites and Development Act and the Special Act on the Construction and Development of Innovation Cities shall apply. <Amended by Act No. 15309, Dec. 26, 2017>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 15 (Reduction, Exemption, etc. of Taxes and Charges)
(1) If necessary for the smooth implementation of any development project of a free economic zone, the State or local governments may grant a development project operator the reduction of or exemption from taxes, such as corporate tax, income tax, customs duties, acquisition tax, registration and license tax, property tax, etc., as prescribed by the Restriction of Special Taxation Act, the Customs Act and the Restriction of Special Local Taxation Act. <Amended by Act No. 10220, Mar. 31, 2010>
(2) If necessary for the smooth implementation of any development project of a free economic zone, the State or local governments may grant any development project operator the reduction of or exemption from development charges, farmland preservation charges, substitute grassland creation charges, substitute forest resources creation charges, charges for causing traffic congestion, cooperative charges for conserving ecosystems, charges for occupying or using public waters, environment improvement charges, infrastructure charges, and charges for overall traffic facilities, as prescribed by the Restitution of Development Gains Act, the Farmland Act, the Grassland Act, the Mountainous Districts Management Act, the Urban Traffic Improvement Promotion Act, the Natural Environment Conservation Act, the Public Waters Management and Reclamation Act, the Environment Improvement Cost Liability Act, the National Land Planning and Utilization Act, and the Special Act on the Management of Metropolitan Transport in Metropolitan Areas. <Amended by Act No. 10272, Apr. 15, 2010>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
CHAPTER IV ASSISTANCE IN MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES OF FOREIGN-INVESTED ENTERPRISES
 Article 16 (Taxes and Financial Assistance)
(1) The State or local governments may grant each foreign-invested enterprise located in any free economic zone (hereinafter referred to as "foreign-invested enterprise located in a free economic zone") the reduction of or exemption from national or local taxes, as prescribed by the Restriction of Special Taxation Act, the Customs Act, and the Restriction of Special Local Taxation Act. <Amended by Act No. 10220, Mar. 31, 2010>
(2) Any local government may provide funding necessary for developing sites to be rented to foreign-invested enterprises located in its free economic zone, granting the reduction of or exemption from the rent for land, etc., installing and operating medical, educational, and research facilities, and building houses for foreigners with the aim of attracting foreign-invested enterprises.
(3) If any local government provides funding referred to in paragraph (2), the State shall subsidize such local government, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(4) The State and local governments may grant a foreign-invested enterprise located in any free economic zone the reduction of or exemption from charges for using, or rents for, national or public property by December, 31, 2023, as prescribed by Presidential Decree, notwithstanding the provisions of the State Property Act, the Public Property and Commodity Management Act, and other Acts and subordinate statutes. In such cases, the charge for using, or rent for, national or public property shall be the amount obtained by multiplying at least 10/1000 by the value of the relevant property. <Amended by Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(5) The State or local governments may permit any development project operator or foreign-invested enterprise located in a free economic zone to use national property owned by the State, or use or profit from, or rent or sell public property owned by local governments by a free contract, if necessary for promoting the free economic zone development and boosting foreign investment, notwithstanding the provisions of the State Property Act, the Public Property and Commodity Management Act, and other Acts and subordinate statutes. <Amended by Act No. 9401, Jan. 30, 2009; Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 17 (Exclusion of Application of other Acts, etc.)
(2) Deleted. <by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(3) Articles 7, 8, 12, 18, and 19 of the Seoul Metropolitan Area Readjustment Planning Act shall not apply to any foreign-invested enterprise located in a free economic zone.
(4) A foreign-invested enterprise located in a free economic zone may provide unpaid leave to its employees, notwithstanding Article 55 of the Labor Standards Act. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(5) The Minister of Employment and Labor may expand the work of temporary agency workers engaged in specialized types of business which have been deliberated and resolved on by the Free Economic Zone Committee only to any foreign-invested enterprise located in a free economic zone or extend their working period, notwithstanding the provisions of Articles 5 and 6 of the Act on the Protection, etc. of Temporary Agency Workers. <Amended by Act No. 10339, Jun. 4, 2010>
(6) The rental period of national and public property for any foreign-invested enterprise located in a free economic zone may be determined within 50 years, notwithstanding the provisions of Articles 18 (1), 35 (1), and 46 (1) of the State Property Act and the provisions of Articles 13, 21 (1), and 31 (1) of the Public Property and Commodity Management Act, and permanent facilities may be installed by such foreign-invested enterprise. In such cases, conditions may be attached by taking into account the kinds of the relevant facilities which require the relevant foreign-invested enterprise to donate such facilities to the State or the relevant local government or to return such facilities after reinstating them when the rental period expires. <Amended by Act No. 9401, Jan, 30, 2009>
(7) Deleted. <by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 18 (Preferential Subsidization of Infrastructure Installation)
The State and local governments shall preferentially subsidize all or some of expenses incurred in constructing infrastructures, such as roads and water supply, to vitalize free economic zones, as prescribed by Presidential Decree: Provided, That in cases of industrial complexes under the Industrial Sites and Development Act (including industrial complexes deemed designated pursuant to subparagraph 3 of Article 7-2), which are located in a free economic zone, the provisions prescribed in the same Act shall apply. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 19 (Maintenance of Industrial Peace)
Any employer of an enterprise located in a free economic zone and his/her employees shall endeavor to maintain industrial peace by strictly abiding by the procedures provided for in the Acts related to labor disputes.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
CHAPTER V IMPROVEMENT OF LIVING CONDITIONS FOR FOREIGNERS
 Article 20 (Provision of Foreign-Language Services)
(1) A Mayor/Do Governor and the head of a Si/Gun/Gu shall render foreign-language services through the issuance, receipt, and handling of official documents in foreign languages with the aim of enhancing conveniences for foreign-invested enterprises and foreigners residing in a free economic zone.
(2) Necessary matters concerning the scope and methods of rendering foreign-language services referred to in paragraph (1) shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 21 (Payment in Ordinary Transactions)
Within any free economic zone, the payment in an ordinary transaction, the scale of which is smaller than that prescribed by Presidential Decree, may be made directly by foreign means of payment between the parties to such transaction in accordance with Article 3 (1) 4 of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 22 (Establishment and Operation of Foreign Educational Institutions)
(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 3 of the Private School Act, a foreign educational foundation may establish a foreign educational institution in a free economic zone after obtaining approval from the Minister of Education. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) Where the Minister of Education intends to grant approval for the establishment of a foreign educational institution in accordance with paragraph (1), such approval shall require deliberation and resolution of the Free Economic Zone Committee. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) Matters necessary for the establishment and operation, etc. of a foreign educational institution under paragraph (1), including qualifications for a foreign educational foundation eligible to establish a foreign educational institution and conditions for granting approval for establishing a foreign educational institution, shall be separately prescribed by Acts.
(4) Articles 7, 8, and 18 of the Seoul Metropolitan Area Readjustment Planning Act shall not apply to a foreign educational institution established under paragraph (1).
(5) Where a Korean national desires to enroll in a foreign educational institution located in any free economic zone, the State shall not limit his/her admission on the ground of foreign residency requirement, etc.
(6) The State or local governments may provide foreign educational institutions established in a free economic zone, schools for foreigners under Article 60-2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and kindergartens for foreigners under Article 16 of the Early Childhood Education Act with the funds necessary for purchase of sites, construction of facilities or operation of schools, or with sites. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(7) Notwithstanding Article 21 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Articles 6 and 32 (1) of the Educational Officials Act and Articles 52 and 54-4 (1) and (3) of the Private School Act, a high school located in a free economic zone and established with the aim of nurturing global experts through education on international relations, specific foreign regions, etc. (hereinafter referred to as "international high school") may hire foreign teachers needed for the operation of curriculum, under contractual terms, such as qualifications for appointment, term of appointment, wages, conditions of work, and achievement and performance, that it separately determines in accordance with Presidential Decree.
(8) An international high school may be excluded from application of Articles 23, 24, 26, 29, and 46 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
(9) Notwithstanding Article 47 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the head of an international high school may permit admission of a foreigner who is deemed to have a level of education equivalent to, or higher than, a middle school diploma.
(10) A local government or social welfare foundation under Article 16 of the Social Welfare Services Act may establish and operate nursery facilities exclusive for foreigners' children to provide efficient care to foreigners' children, and a local government may subsidize the relevant social welfare foundation for the expenses necessary for the establishment and operation of such facilities. In such cases, matters necessary for the establishment and operation of the exclusive nursery facilities shall be prescribed by ordinance of the relevant local government. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 23 (Opening of Foreign Medical Institutions or Foreigner-Only Pharmacies)
(1) Notwithstanding Article 33 (2) of the Medical Service Act, a foreigner or a juristic person under the Commercial Act established by a foreigner with the purpose of medical practice, which meets all of the following requirements, may open a foreign medical institution in a free economic zone after obtaining permission from the Minister of Health and Welfare. In such cases, the types of such foreign medical institutions shall be a general hospital, hospital, dental hospital, or sanatorium under Article 3 (2) 3 of the Medical Service Act: <Amended by Act No. 9386, Jan. 30. 2009; Act No. 9932, Jan. 18, 2010; Act No. 13854, Jan. 27, 2016>
1. It shall be located in a free economic zone;
2. The ratio of foreign investment under Article 5 (3) of the Foreign Investment Promotion Act shall be at least 50/100;
3. It shall satisfy matters prescribed by Presidential Decree, such as the scale of capital, etc.
(2) Any foreigner may open a foreigner-only pharmacy in any free economic zone after having such pharmacy registered with the relevant Mayor/Do Governor. <Amended by Act No. 9932, Jan. 18, 2010; Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(3) Where the Minister of Health and Welfare grants permission for opening any foreign medical institution under paragraph (1), he/she shall u ndergo deliberation and resolution thereon of the Free Economic Zone Committee. <Amended by Act No. 9932, Jan. 18, 2010>
(4) Any foreign medical institution or foreigner-only pharmacy opened under this Act shall be deemed a medical institution or pharmacy established under the Medical Service Act or the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act.
(5) No foreign medical institution or foreigner-only pharmacy opened under paragraphs (1) and (2) shall be deemed a medical care institution established pursuant to the National Health Insurance Act, notwithstanding the provisions of Article 42 (1) of the same Act. <Amended by Act No. 11141, Dec. 31, 2011>
(6) If any holder of a foreign medical license, foreign dental license or foreign pharmaceutical license is in conformity with the standards set by the Minister for Health and Welfare, he/she may work for a foreign medical institution or foreigner-only pharmacy opened in any free economic zone. In such cases, the holder of a foreign medical license or foreign dental license shall not render medical or dental services beyond the scope of duties permitted under Article 2 of the Medical Service Act. <Amended by Act No. 9932, Jan. 18, 2010>
(7) Any pharmacist who works for a foreigner-only pharmacy shall be prohibited from preparing or selling medicine for Koreans.
(8) Any one who opens a foreigner-only pharmacy shall clearly express, inside and outside the foreigner-only pharmacy, for Koreans to easily understand that its medical services are exclusively for foreigners.
(9) The Medical Service Act, the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act, or other Acts specified otherwise shall apply to the establishment and management of a foreign medical institution or foreigner-only pharmacy other than those prescribed by this Act.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 23-2 (Special Cases concerning Business Incidental to Medical Institutions)
Notwithstanding Article 49 of the Medical Service Act, any of the following persons may operate incidental business incidental to medical institutions prescribed by Presidential Decree, such as establishment, operation, etc. of a therapeutic hot spring under Article 9 of the Hot Spring Act:
1. Any medical corporation that has established a medical institution within a free economic zone;
2. Any juristic person that has established a foreign medical institution within a free economic zone under Article 23 (1).
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 23-3 (Special Cases concerning Permission, etc. for Foreigner-Only Casino Business)
(1) Notwithstanding Article 21 of the Tourism Promotion Act, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism may grant permission to engage in casino business (limited to foreigner-only casino business) under Article 3 (1) 5 of the same Act if a person who intends to obtain permission to engage in such business in a free economic zone intends to make a foreign investment and meets all of the following requirements:
1. The amount of foreign investment to be invested in tourism business within a free economic zone shall be at least 500 million U.S. dollars;
2. Money to be invested shall not fall under gains from crimes provided for in subparagraph 4 of Article 2 of the Act on Regulation and Punishment of Criminal Proceeds Concealment in accordance with a final judgment of a sentence;
3. He/she shall satisfy matters prescribed by Presidential Decree, such as the credit status of investors, etc.
(2) A person who intends to obtain permission to engage in casino business under paragraph (1) shall apply for permission to the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(3) Necessary matters concerning permission to engage in casino business under paragraph (1), such as the place of business, timing to start business, etc. shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(4) A person who has obtained permission to engage in casino business under paragraph (1) shall have facilities and equipment in place under Article 23 (1) of the Tourism Promotion Act by the time he/she starts business.
(5) Where a person who has obtained permission under paragraph (1) falls under any of the following subparagraphs, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism shall revoke such permission:
1. Where investment under paragraph (1) 1 is not made;
2. Where money to be invested falls under gains from crimes provided for in subparagraph 4 of Article 2 of the Act on Regulation and Punishment of Criminal Proceeds Concealment in accordance with a final judgment of a sentence.
(6) Notwithstanding Article 11 of the Tourism Promotion Act, a person who has obtained permission under paragraph (1) may entrust any other person with the management of facilities necessary for the operation of casino business. In such cases, the entrusted manager shall not fall under grounds for disqualification under Article 22 of the Tourism Promotion Act.
(7) Except as otherwise expressly provided for in this Act, the Tourism Promotion Act shall apply to permission, etc. for casino business.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 24 (Retransmitting Foreign Broadcasts)
Any integrated broadcasting business that runs broadcasting business covering free economic zones may create and operate the number of channels used to retransmit foreign broadcasts to such free economic zones within the scope prescribed by Presidential Decree, notwithstanding the provisions of Article 70 (1) of the Broadcasting Act.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 24-2 Deleted. <by Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
 Article 24-3 (Special Cases concerning the Immigration Act)
Notwithstanding Articles 8 and 10 of the Immigration Act, the Minister of Justice may separately prescribe the procedures for issuing a visa to a foreigner working for a foreign-invested enterprise located in a free economic zone and the maximum period of sojourn that can be granted per case for each status of sojourn, after consultation with the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
CHAPTER VI FREE ECONOMIC ZONE COMMITTEE, ETC.
 Article 25 (Establishment and Operation)
(1) The Free Economic Zone Committee shall be established in the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy to perform the affairs regarding free economic zones. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) The Free Economic Zone Committee shall deliberate and pass resolutions on the following matters: <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 14307, Dec. 2, 2016>
1. Matters concerning the main policy and system with regard to free economic zones;
1-2. Matters concerning formulation of master plans for free economic zones;
2. Matters concerning designation, revocation of designation, and the alteration of designation, of a free economic zone;
3. Matters concerning development plans for free economic zones under Article 6;
4. Matters concerning the provision of administrative services necessary for foreign-invested enterprises to conduct their business in free economic zones;
5. Matters concerning the development of free economic zones;
6. Matters concerning the coordination of opinions with the heads of central administrative agencies and Mayors/Do Governors in connection with free economic zones;
6-2. Matters concerning exclusion from application of special cases concerning the handling of administrative affairs of local governments, etc. under Article 27 (2);
7. Other matters prescribed by Presidential Decree and necessary for the designation and management of free economic zones.
(3) The Free Economic Zone Committee shall be comprised of one chairperson, one vice chairperson, ex officio members, and not more than ten commissioned members.
(4) The Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy shall be the chairperson and the vice chairperson shall be elected from among the commissioned members referred to in paragraph (6). <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(5) Ex officio members shall be the persons prescribed by Presidential Decree from among public officials of central administrative agencies and equivalent institutions. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(6) The commissioned members shall be commissioned by the chairperson from among the persons, who are not public officials, with much knowledge and experience contributable to the development and management of free economic zones.
(7) Matters necessary for the composition and operation of the Free Economic Zone Committee shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 26 Deleted. <by Act No. 8859, Feb. 29, 2008>
 Article 27 (Special Cases concerning Handling of Administrative Affairs of Local Governments, etc.)
(1) A Mayor/Do Governor shall directly perform the following administrative affairs among administrative affairs that the head of a Si/Gun/Gu is mandated to perform within a free economic zone: Provided, That the same shall not apply to affairs prescribed by ordinance of a City/Do as affairs under subparagraphs 5, 7, 9, 12, and 18: <Amended by Act No. 9774, Jun. 9, 2009; Act No. 10272, Apr. 15, 2010; Act No. 10331, May 31, 2010; Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 10580, Apr. 12, 2011; Act No. 10599, Apr. 14, 2011; Act No. 10892, Jul. 21, 2011; Act No. 12248, Jan. 14, 2014; Act No. 12737, Jun. 3, 2014; Act No. 12959, Dec. 31, 2014; Act No. 13805, Jan. 19, 2016; Act No. 14344, Dec. 2, 2016>
1. Supervision over the housing associations and the supply of housing, etc. under Articles 11, 11-3, 14, 15 (1), 43, 44, 49, 54, 57, 59, 93, 94, 96 and 106 of the Housing Act;
2. Permission for construction and management of structures, etc. under Articles 4, 11, 14, 16, 18, 19 through 21, 22, 27, 29, 30, 36, 37 through 39, 43, 45, 46, 60, 79 through 81, 83, 85, 88, 89 and 113 of the Building Act (excluding permission for construction and management of structures, etc. within a restricted development area);
3. Administrative affairs involving the environmental impact assessment, etc. under Article 25 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act;
4. Administrative affairs involving the control, etc. of business place wastes under Articles 17, 39, 48, 49 and 68 of the Wastes Control Act;
5. Deleted; <by Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
6. Administrative affairs involving conservation, etc. of soil environment under Articles 8, 12 through 14, 24, 26-2 and 32 of the Soil Environment Conservation Act;
7. Administrative affairs involving the management, etc. of sewerage under Articles 8, 9, 22 through 24, 57, 58, 61 of the Sewerage Act;
8. Administrative affairs involving the utilization and management of forest, such as permission for cutting standing trees under Article 36 of the Creation and Management of Forest Resources Act, for diverting the use of mountainous districts, for extracting soil and stones and for reinstating diverted mountainous districts, etc. pursuant to Articles 14, 15, 15-2, 17, 19, 19-2, 20, 21, 25, 27, 30, 31, 37 through 44, 49 and 57 of the Mountainous Districts Management Act;
9. Administrative affairs involving the preparation for a plan for creating urban parks, and the establishment, etc. of urban parks (limited to urban parks established according to an implementation plan under Article 9 of this Act) under Articles 16-2, 17, 19, 27, 29 through 33, 37 of the Act on Urban Parks, Green Areas, Etc.;
10. Administrative affairs involving reporting, etc. on the diversion of use of farmland under Articles 35 through 43, 51, 54 and 55 of the Farmland Act;
11. Administrative affairs involving registration and management of tourist accommodation business, etc., approval for a business plan, permission for and management of amusement facility business, etc. under Articles 4, 5, 15, 35 through 38, 77, 78 and 86 of the Tourism Promotion Act;
12. Deleted; <by Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
13. Administrative affairs involving permission for occupying and using public waters, management thereof, etc. under Articles 6, 8 through 15, 17 through 21, 55, 57, 58, and 66 of the Public Waters Management and Reclamation Act;
14. Administrative affairs (limited to an urban development zone established within a development project district pursuant to a development plan for a free economic zone under Article 6 of this Act) involving application for the designation of any urban development district, etc. under Articles 3, 7, 10, 11, 26, 29, and 46 of the Urban Development Act;
15. Administrative affairs involving the imposition, collection, etc. of administrative fines incurred by a delay in the registration of real estate under Articles 3 through 5 and 12 of the Act on Special Measures for the Registration of Real Estate;
16. Deleted; <by Act No. 13797, Jan. 19, 2016>
17. Administrative affairs involving requests for purchase of sites for urban and Gun planning facilities, permission for development activities, implementation of projects for urban and Gun planning facilities, establishment of execution plans for each stage, imposition and collection of compulsory fines, access to land, hearing, reporting, examination, imposition and collection of administrative fines, etc. under Articles 47, 56 through 58, 60 through 65, 85, 86, 89, 118 through 124, 124-2, 130, 133, 136, 137 and 144 of the National Land Planning and Utilization Act (administrative affairs involving requests for purchase of sites for urban and Gun planning facilities, establishment of execution plans for each stage, and implementation of projects for urban and Gun planning facilities shall be limited to those for urban and Gun planning facilities to be installed in a development project area pursuant to a development plan for a free economic zone under Article 6 of this Act and infrastructure to be installed in a free economic zone after receiving preferential support from the State or local governments under Article 18 of this Act);
18. Administrative affairs concerning the construction of local roads, Si roads and Gun roads, determination of road zones, and designation of clearance zones, etc. under Articles 10, 19, 21, 25, 39, and 40 of the Road Act (only applicable to affairs concerning roads constructed in accordance with implementation plans under Article 9 of this Act and roads constructed by receiving subsidies from the State or local governments first of all pursuant to Article 18 of this Act);
19. Administrative affairs involving approval for setting up, etc. of a factory and registration of a factory, etc. under Articles 9, 13, 13-2, 13-3, 13-5, 14, 14-2 through 14-4, 15, 16, 16-2, 17 through 21, 28-2, 28-4, 28-8 and 55 of the Industrial Cluster Development and Factory Establishment Act;
20. Administrative affairs involving approval, etc. for plans for installing urban gas facilities under Articles 11, 11-2, 14 through 17, 27, 29, 41, 44-2 and 54 of the Urban Gas Business Act;
21. Administrative affairs involving permission for manufacturing high- pressure gas under Articles 4, 10, 20, 36-2 and 43 of the High-Pressure Gas Safety Control Act;
22. Administrative affairs involving verification as to whether technical standards are met before the commencement of information and communications work, pre-use inspection and reporting on the current status of pre-use inspection under Articles 36 and 72-2 of the Information and Communications Construction Business Act;
23. Administrative affairs involving the examination and registration of land, issuance of lot numbers and the inspection, etc. of findings of the cadastral survey under Articles 8, 24, 25, 27, 64, 66, 69, 74 through 90, 99, 102, 106 and 111 of the Act on the Establishment, Management, etc. of Spatial Data;
24. Administrative affairs involving the grant of a registration number for the registration of real estate under Article 49 of the Registration of Real Estate Act;
25. Administrative affairs involving reporting on real estate transactions, verification and investigation of reported price of real estate transactions, reporting on and permission for foreigners, etc. acquiring real estate, etc., permission for land transaction contracts, and imposition and collection of administrative fines, etc. under Articles 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 through 18, and 28 of the Act on Report on Real Estate Transactions, Etc.;
26. Administrative affairs involving permission for and reporting on the installation of noise and vibration emission facilities under Articles 8 through 12, 14 through 20, 47, 51, and 60 of the Noise and Vibration Control Act and management thereof including administrative disposition, etc.;
27. Administrative affairs involving registration of establishment of pharmacies, reporting on discontinuation of business, etc. thereof, preparation of medicines, preparation of pharmacy medication, sales of drugs, etc. under Articles 20 through 23, 41, and 44 through 50 of the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act.
(2) Where the head of the competent Si/Gun/Gu requests the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy for exclusion from application under paragraph (1) regarding unit districts for development projects whose development and investment levels exceed the standards prescribed by Presidential Decree after consultation with the competent Mayor/Do Governor, and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy deems it necessary following deliberation and resolution by the Free Economic Zone Committee, paragraph (1) may not be applied: Provided, That a blanket request shall be made for adjoining unit districts for development projects prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 14307, Dec. 2, 2016>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 27-2 (Administrative Bodies of Free Economic Zones)
(1) A Mayor/Do Governor shall establish an administrative body in charge of the administrative affairs referred to in Articles 27 and 30. In such cases, if any free economic zone extends over at least two Cities/Dos, the relevant Mayors/Do Governors shall establish a joint administrative body through mutual consultation. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(2) A Mayor/Do Governor shall appoint the head of the administrative body under paragraph (1) (hereinafter referred to as "free economic zone authority") after consultation with the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy in advance. In such cases, if any free economic zone extends over at least two Cities/Dos, the relevant Mayors/Do Governors shall jointly appoint the head of the administrative body through mutual consultation. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(3) The term of office of the head of a free economic zone authority (hereinafter referred to as "commissioner of a free economic zone authority") shall be three years and the consecutive appointment may be permitted, and other matters concerning qualifications for appointment, etc. shall be prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(4) For the performance of the affairs under paragraph (1), materials necessary for the imposition and collection of local taxes, fees and user fees and the issuance, etc. of civil petition documents shall be mutually provided by the commissioner of a free economic zone authority and the head of a Si/Gun/Gu.<Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(5) The State shall partially subsidize expenses incurred for the operation of a free economic zone authority, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(6) A free economic zone authority may have a quota for public officials of the relevant local government, as prescribed by the Local Autonomy Act and other relevant statutes. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 27-3 (Basic Operating Rules)
(1) The commissioner of a free economic zone authority shall prepare basic operating rules for the organization and operation of the free economic zone authority and obtain approval from the Mayor/Do Governor within one month from the date of his/her appointment. The same shall also apply to the alteration of any approved matter. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(2) Basic operating rules under paragraph (1) shall include the following matters: <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
1. Basic matters concerning the competent business and execution procedures thereof;
2. Matters concerning the organization and operation of the free economic zone authority and the fixed number of its public officials;
3. Matters concerning the management of personnel affairs of public officials under its control;
4. Matters concerning budgets and accounting;
5. Other matters concerning the efficient operation of the free economic zone authority, which are prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(3) Basic operating rules prepared by the commissioner of a free economic zone authority (limited to the commissioner of a free economic zone authority under the latter part of Article 27-2 (1)) shall be governed by the rules under Article 159 (1) of the Local Autonomy Act, notwithstanding paragraph (1). <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 27-4 (Delegation, etc. of Appointment Authority)
(1) A Mayor/Do Governor may partially delegate his/her authority to appoint public officials of the free economic zone authority to the commissioner of the free economic zone authority, as prescribed by Presidential Decree, notwithstanding Article 6 (2) of the Local Public Officials Act. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(2) Notwithstanding Article 7 (1) of the Local Public Officials Act, the commissioner of a free economic zone authority may establish a personnel committee necessary for exercising his/her authority for the appointment under paragraph (1) (hereafter referred to as "personnel committee" in this Article) within the free economic zone authority. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(3) Articles 7 (2) through (11), 8, 9, 9-2, 10, 10-2, 10-3, and 11 of the Local Public Officials Act shall apply mutatis mutandis to the establishment, operation, etc. of a personnel committee, and the chairperson of the committee shall be elected from among its members. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11396, Mar. 21, 2012>
(4) Notwithstanding Article 25-5 (2) of the Local Public Officials Act, the commissioner of a free economic zone authority may determine separate qualifications standards for the hiring of local public officials with fixed terms of office, after resolution of the personnel committee. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11531, Dec. 11, 2012>
(5) The commissioner of a free economic zone authority shall establish measures for securing excellent human resources in relevant fields as public officials of the free economic zone authority for the development project of a free economic zone, the inducement of foreign investment and the improvement of the level of administrative services. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(6) The commissioner of a free economic zone authority may designate and operate open-type positions within 30/100 of the total number of auxiliary organs or the total number of positions equivalent thereto, after resolution of the personnel committee. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(7) The commissioner of a free economic zone authority may hire public officials with fixed terms of office within 30/100 of the total quota for employees of the free economic zone authority. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11531, Dec. 11, 2012>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 27-5 (Period of Service for Dispatched Public Officials)
Notwithstanding Article 30-4 of the Local Public Officials Act, the period of service for public officials dispatched to a free economic zone authority shall be set within a period of up to five years and not less than two years unless any extenuating circumstance exists.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 27-6 (Accounting and Finance of Free Economic Zone Authorities)
(1) A Mayor/Do Governor shall separately manage the revenues and expenses of a free economic zone authority by any of the following means, as prescribed by Presidential Decree:
1. Establishment of a special accounting under the Local Finance Act;
2. Establishment of a separate account within a general accounting or a special accounting of the City/Do.
(2) A Mayor/Do Governor shall not transfer funds from the special accounting or separate account under paragraph (1) to any other accounting or account of the City/Do. <Amended by Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
(3) A Mayor/Do Governor may, in terms of the property belonging to the special accounting or separate account under paragraph (1), transfer such property with compensation to any other special accounting or separate account, as prescribed in the main body of Article 12 of the Public Property and Commodity Management Act. <Newly inserted by Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 28 (Ombudsmen, etc.)
(1) A free economic zone authority shall have an ombudsman to resolve difficulties in management and living suffered by foreign-invested enterprises located in a free economy zone. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
(2) A branch office of an incorporated association engaged in commercial arbitration and designated by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy under Article 40 of the Arbitration Act may be established in a free economic zone authority if such establishment is necessary for settling commercial disputes in a fair and swift manner and establishing order in international transactions in a free economic zone. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
CHAPTER VII SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS
 Article 28-2 (Reporting, Inspection, etc.)
(1) If deeming it necessary for the development of a free economic zone, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy or a Mayor/Do Governor may order the commissioner of a free economic zone authority or a development project operator to submit necessary reports or materials and may require public officials under his/her control to enter the office, place of business, or any other necessary place of a development project operator and inspect matters concerning the affairs and accounting of the development project or ask questions to relevant persons, as prescribed by Ordinance of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
(2) In cases of an inspection conducted under paragraph (1), an inspection plan, including the date, purpose and details of the inspection, shall be notified to the relevant development project operator at least seven days before the inspection: Provided, That the same shall not apply to urgent cases or cases where it is deemed that the purpose of the inspection cannot be achieved as a result of destruction of evidence, etc. if the inspection plan is notified in advance.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 28-3 (Assessment of Project Outcomes by Free Economic Zone)
(1) The Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy shall assess the outcomes of projects for each free economic zone in accordance with Presidential Decree for the development of free economic zones. <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
(2) The Government may provide different administrative and financial support for each free economic zone according to the outcomes of the assessment under paragraph (1).
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 28-4 (Preparation of Statistics on Free Economic Zones)
(1) The Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy may prepare and manage statistics on free economic zones, jointly with the heads of the relevant central administrative agencies, a Mayor/Do Governor, or the commissioner of a free economic zone authority, to swiftly collect and analyze information necessary for developing free economic zones and attracting investment.
(2) A person who prepares statistics on free economic zones under paragraph (1) may request the head of a relevant central administrative agency, a local government, a public corporation (referring to a public corporation under paragraph 5 of the Act on the Management of Public Institutions), a local public enterprise (referring to a local public enterprise established pursuant to the Local Public Enterprises Act), a government-funded institution, or any other relevant institution to provide data or information necessary for preparing such statistics. In such cases, the head in receipt of such request shall comply therewith except in extraordinary circumstances.
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014]
 Article 28-5 (Hearings)
(1) A Mayor/Do Governor shall hold a hearing when he/she intends to revoke the designation of a development project operator pursuant to Article 8-5.
(2) The Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism shall hold a hearing when he/she intends to revoke permission pursuant to Article 23-3 (5).
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 28-6 (Hearing Opinions from the Head of Si/Gun/Gu)
A Mayor or Do Governor shall hear opinions in advance from the head of the competent Si/Gun/Gu, when he/she intends to do the following:
1. Submission of opinions under Article 3-2 (2) 1;
2. Submission of opinions under Article 4 (4) (including the cases applied mutatis mutandis in Article 8 (3));
3. Agreement under Article 4 (5) (including the cases applied mutatis mutandis in Article 8 (3)).
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016]
 Article 29 Deleted. <by Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
 Article 30 (Delegation and Entrustment of Authority)
(1) The heads of central administrative agencies may partially delegate their authority under this Act to the relevant Mayor/Do Governor, as prescribed by Presidential Decree.
(2) Where a Mayor/Do Governor handles affairs provided for in Presidential Decree among matters delegated under paragraph (1), he/she shall, in advance, consult with the head of a relevant central administrative agency.
(3) A Mayor/Do Governor may partially delegate or entrust his/her authority under this Act to the commissioner of a free economic zone authority, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
CHAPTER VIII PENALTY PROVISIONS
 Article 30-2 (Penalty Provisions)
Any of the following persons shall be punished by imprisonment with labor for not more than seven years, or by a fine not exceeding 70 million won:
1. Any person who obtains designation as a development project operator by fraud or other improper means;
2. Any person who obtains confirmation of modification of a development plan for a free economic zone or obtains approval for an implementation plan by fraud or other improper means;
3. Deleted. <by Act No. 12440, Mar. 18, 2014>
[This Article Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011]
 Article 31 (Penalty Provisions)
Any of the following persons shall be punished by imprisonment with labor for not more than five years, or by a fine not exceeding 50 million won: <Amended by Act No. 12440, Mar. 18, 2014>
1. Any holder of a foreign medical license, foreign dental license, or foreign pharmaceutical license who works for a foreign medical institution or a foreigner-only pharmacy in violation of the former part of Article 23 (6);
2. Any holder of a foreign medical license or foreign dental license who renders medical or dental services beyond the scope of duties permitted for each type of medical personnel under Article 2 of the Medical Service Act in violation of the latter part of Article 23 (6);
3. Any pharmacist who compounds or sells medicine to Korean nationals in violation of Article 23 (7);
4. Any person who executes a free economic zone development project without obtaining approval of an implementation plan.
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 32 (Penalty Provisions)
Any person falling under any of the following shall be punished by imprisonment with labor for not more than three years or by a fine not exceeding 30 million won: <Amended by Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
1. Any person who obtains approval for establishment of a foreign educational institution by fraud or other improper means in violation of Article 22 (1);
2. Any person who recruits students, or essentially operates facilities in the form of a school by using a name that presents itself as a school, without obtaining approval from the Minister of Education in violation of Article 22 (1).
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 33 (Penalty Provisions)
Any person falling under any of the following shall be punished by imprisonment with labor for not more than one year or by a fine not exceeding ten million won: <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
1. Any person who commits any act prescribed by Presidential Decree within the districts of development project, such as the alteration of form and quality of land, the construction of buildings, and the installation of structures, etc., without obtaining permission or permission to make alterations in violation of Article 7-5 (1);
2. Any person who fails to put indication of a foreigner-only pharmacy in violation of Article 23 (8).
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
 Article 34 (Joint Penalty Provisions)
If the representative of a corporation or an agent or employee of, or other person employed by, the corporation or individual commits any violations set forth in Article 30-2 or 31 in conducting the business affairs of the corporation or individual, the corporation or individual shall, in addition to punishing the violator accordingly, be subject to a fine prescribed under the relevant provisions: Provided, That the same shall not apply where the corporation or individual has not been negligent in exercising due care and supervision concerning the relevant business affairs to prevent such violations. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9216, Dec. 26, 2008]
 Article 35 (Administrative Fines)
(1) Any person who builds and operates the number of channels for re-transmission of foreign broadcasts in violation of Article 24 shall be punished by an administrative fine not exceeding 20 million won.
(2) Any person falling under any of the following shall be punished by an administrative fine not exceeding ten million won: <Newly Inserted by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
1. Any person who fails to submit reports or materials under Article 28-2 (1) or submit false reports or materials;
2. Any person who refuses, interferes with, or evades an inspection under Article 28-2 (1).
(3) The administrative fines under paragraph (1) shall be imposed and collected by the Minister of Science and ICT, and the administrative fines under paragraph (2) shall be imposed and collected by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy or Mayors/Do Governors, as prescribed by Presidential Decree. <Amended by Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011; Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013; Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
[This Article Wholly Amended by Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009]
ADDENDUM
This Act shall enter into force on July 1, 2003.
ADDENDA <Act No. 6841, Dec. 30, 2002>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force nine months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 12 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 6916, May 29, 2003>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 13 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 7291, Dec. 31, 2004>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 7349, Jan. 27, 2005>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Applicability to Alteration of Development Plans for Free Economic Zones)
From among the amended provisions of Article 7-2, the provisions concerning the alteration of the development plans for a free economic zone requested by the Mayor/Do Governor shall apply beginning with the first development plan for a free economic zone for which an alteration is requested after this Act enters into force.
Article 3 (Applicability to Legal Fiction of Designation of Distribution Complex)
The amended provisions of subparagraph 5 of Article 8 shall apply beginning with the first free economic zone to be designated under the provisions of Article 4 after this Act enters into force.
Article 4 (Applicability to Limits on Activities within District of Development Project, etc.)
(1) The amended provisions of Article 8-2 shall apply beginning with the first act done after this Act enters into force.
(2) A person who has done an act under the amended provisions of Article 8-2 (1) after obtaining permission, authorization, etc. under the related Acts and subordinate statutes as at the time this Act enters into force (including cases for which permission, authorization, etc. under the related Acts and subordinate statutes shall not be needed to obtain) may continue to conduct such an act until the relevant construction or project is completed after reporting to the competent Mayor/Do Governor in accordance with Presidential Decree.
Article 5 (Applicability to Fictitious Authorization, Permission, etc.)
The amended provisions of Article 11 (1) shall apply beginning with the first implementation plan which has obtained approval or modified approval under the amended provisions of Article 9 after this Act enters into force.
Article 6 (Transitional Measures concerning Transfer of Jurisdiction of Affairs of Local Governments, etc.)
From among affairs which have been performed by a Mayor/Do Governor (including administrative bodies; hereafter in this Article the same shall apply) as at the time this Act enters into force under the former provisions of Article 27 (1) and affairs which have been performed by the head of a Si/Gun/Gu under the related Acts and subordinate statutes to be transferred to the head of a Si/Gun/Gu or a Mayor/Do Governor in the state of being unfinished, the head of a Si/Gun/Gu or a Mayor/Do Governor having received the transfer of the said disposal authority shall immediately receive such authority and dispose thereof. In such cases, the head of a Si/Gun/Gu or the Mayor/Do Governor shall immediately notify the fact of alteration of the disposal authority for the said affairs to the applicant for affairs to be taken over and disposed of.
Article 7 (Transitional Measures concerning Preparation of Basic Operating Rules)
The heads of administrative bodies appointed under the provisions of Article 27 (3) as at the time this Act enters into force shall prepare the basic operating rules under the amended provisions of Article 27-2 within one month after this Act enters into force, and obtain approval from the Mayor/Do Governor who has appointed the heads of the said administrative bodies.
ADDENDA <Act No. 7476, Mar. 31, 2005>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 10 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 7604, Jul. 21, 2005>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 7678, Aug. 4, 2005>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 12 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 7864, Mar. 3, 2006>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 11 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8014, Sep. 27, 2006>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 11 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8283, Jan. 26, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 12 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8343, Apr. 11, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 12 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8351, Apr. 11, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 15 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8352, Apr. 11, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 16 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8366, Apr. 11, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 21 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8371, Apr. 11, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 10 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8372, Apr. 11, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 17 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8423, May 11, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 13 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8491, May 25, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8616, Aug. 3, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 12 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8667, Dec. 7, 2007>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of subparagraph 4 of Article 5 and Article 23 shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
(2) (Applicability to Fictitious Approval, etc. of Basic Urban Planning) The amended provisions of subparagraphs 6 through 11 of Article 8 shall apply beginning with the first free economic zone designated under Article 4 after this Act enters into force.
(3) (Applicability to Fictitious Authorization, Permission, etc.) The amended provisions of Article 11 (1) shall apply beginning with the first implementation plan that is approved or approved of alteration thereof under the amended provisions of Article 9 after this Act enters into force.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8733, Dec. 21, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force nine months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 11 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8800, Dec. 27, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force eight months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8819, Dec. 27, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 9 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8820, Dec. 27, 2007>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 9 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8859, Feb. 29, 2008>
(1) (Enforcement Date) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
(2) (Transitional Measures concerning Transfer of Administrative Affairs) Administrative affairs concerning the designation and management of free economic zones from among the administrative affairs belonging to the Minister of Strategy and Finance as at the time when this Act enters into force shall be succeeded by the Minister of Knowledge Economy.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8970, Mar. 21, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on April 12, 2008. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 10 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8974, Mar. 21, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That …<Omitted.>… the amended provisions of Article 13 (5) of this Addenda shall enter into force …<Omitted.>… on June 8, 2008.
Articles 2 through 14 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 8976, Mar. 21, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That …<Omitted.>… the amended provisions of Article 9 (2) of this Addenda shall enter into force …<Omitted.>… on June 8, 2008.
Articles 2 through 10 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9037, Mar. 28, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on January 1, 2009.
Articles 2 through 19 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9071, Mar. 28, 2008>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on January 1, 2009. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 11 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 9216, Dec. 26, 2008>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9366, Jan. 30, 2009>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Applicability to Method of Disposal of Prepared Land, etc.)
The amended provisions of Article 9-7 shall apply beginning with the first implementation plans for which approval is applied under Article 9 after this Act enters into force.
Article 3 (Applicability to Fictitious Approval, etc.)
The amended provisions of Article 11 (1) 2 and 16, and Article 11 (5) shall apply beginning with to the first implementation plans which are approved or any modification of which is approved under Article 9 after this Act enters into force.
Article 4 (Applicability to Foreigner-Only Rental Houses)
The amended provisions of Article 24-2 (1) shall apply beginning with the first person who applies for the approval of an implementation plan under Article 9 after this Act enters into force.
Article 5 (Applicability to Heads of Administrative Bodies)
The amended provisions of Article 27-2 (3) shall apply beginning with the first head of an administrative body appointed after this Act enters into force.
Article 6 (Applicability to Dispatched Public Officials)
The amended provisions of Article 27-5 shall apply beginning with the first public officials dispatched after this Act enters into force.
Article 7 (Transitional Measures concerning Administrative Bodies of Free Economic Zones)
The administrative bodies established before this Act enters into force shall be deemed those established under the amended provisions of Article 27-2 (1).
Article 8 Omitted.
Article 9 (Relations with other Acts)
A citation of a provision of the former Act on Designation and Management of Free Economic Zones by any other Act or subordinate statute in force at the time when this Act enters into force shall be deemed to be a citation of this Act or the corresponding provision hereof in lieu of the former provision, if such a corresponding provision exists herein.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9386, Jan. 30, 2009>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9401, Jan. 30, 2009>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 11 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9552, Mar. 25, 2009>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 11 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9758, Jun. 9, 2009>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 23 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9763, Jun. 9, 2009>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force nine months after its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 8 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9770, Jun. 9, 2009>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on July 1, 2010. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9774, Jun. 9, 2009>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 19 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 9932, Jan. 18, 2010>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force two months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 5 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10220, Mar. 31, 2010>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on January 1, 2011.
Articles 2 through 5 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10272, Apr. 15, 2010>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 14 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10331, May 31, 2010>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 13 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10339, Jun. 4, 2010>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one month after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 5 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10529, Apr. 4, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force four months after the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 27-6 shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Applicability to Deliberation, etc. on Development Plans for Free Economic Zones of Industrial Location Deliberation Committee)
The amended provisions of Article 4 (3) shall apply beginning with the frist development plan for a free economic zone which is confirmed pursuant to Article 4 (4) after this Act enters into force.
Article 3 (Applicability to Details of Establishment of Development Plans for Free Economic Zones)
The amended provisions of Article 6 (1) 3, 3-2 and 4 and 13 through 15 shall apply beginning with the first development plan for a free economic zone which is confirmed pursuant to Article 4 (4) after this Act enters into force.
Article 4 (Applicability to Approval for Implementation Plans)
The amended provisions of Article 9 (1) through (3) shall apply beginning with the first implementation plan which is filed for approval or approval for modification after this Act enters into force.
Article 5 (Applicability to Supply, etc. of Exclusive Land for Foreign-Invested Enterprises)
The amended provisions of Article 9 (5) shall apply beginning with the first implementation plan which is filed for approval after this Act enters into force.
Article 6 (Applicability to Re-Investment of Development Gains)
The amended provisions of Article 9-8 shall apply beginning with the first development project completed after this Act enters into force.
Article 7 (Applicability to Legal Fiction of Permission, etc.)
The amended provisions of Article 11 (1) 33 shall apply beginning with the first implementation plan which obtains approval or approval for modification after this Act enters into force.
Article 8 (Applicability to Period of Service for Dispatched Public Officials)
The amended provisions of Article 27-5 shall apply beginning with the first public official dispatched after this Act enters into force.
Article 9 (Transitional Measures concerning Procedures for Hearing Opinions of Residents)
With respect to development plans for free economic zones which have already been established or are in progress in accordance with the former provisions as at the time this Act enters into force, notwithstanding the amended provisions of the latter part of Article 4 (2), the former provisions shall apply.
Article 10 (Transitional Measures concerning Designation of Free Economic Zones)
A free economic zone which has been designated in accordance with the former provisions as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed a free economic zone designated pursuant to the amended provisions of Articles 4 and 5.
Article 11 (Transitional Measures concerning Legal Fiction of Revocation of Designation of Free Economic Zones)
In applying the amended provisions of Article 8-2 (1) with respect to a free economic zone which has been designated before this Act enters into force, the enforcement date of this Act shall be deemed the date of designation and announcement of the relevant free economic zone.
Article 12 (Transitional Measures concerning Development Project Operators)
A person who has been designated as a development project operator in accordance with the former provisions before this Act enters into force shall be deemed a development project operator designated pursuant to the amended provisions of Article 8-3.
Article 13 (Transitional Measures concerning Implementation Plans)
An implementation plan which has obtained approval or approval for modification in accordance with the former provisions as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed to have obtained approval or approval for modification pursuant to the amended provisions of Article 9 (1) through (3).
Article 14 (Transitional Measures concerning Change of Disposition Authorities for Inspection of Completion, etc.)
(1) A person who receives an inspection of completion from the Minister of Knowledge Economy in accordance with the former provisions as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed to receive an inspection of completion from the competent Mayor/Do Governor pursuant to the amended provisions of Article 14.
(2) A person who files for registration to the Minister of Health and Welfare in accordance with the former provisions as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed to file for registration to the competent Mayor/Do Governor.
Article 15 (Transitional Measures concerning Preferential Subsidization for Infrastructure)
With respect to industrial complexes which are preferentially subsidized in accordance with the former provisions as at the time this Act enters into force, notwithstanding the proviso to the amended provisions of Article 18, the former provisions shall apply.
Article 16 Omitted.
Article 17 (Relationship with other Statutes)
A citation of a provision of the former Special Act on Designation and Management of Free Economic Zones by any other Act or subordinate statute as at the time this Act enters into force shall be deemed a citation of the corresponding provision in this Act in lieu of the former provision, if such corresponding provision exists in this Act.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10580, Apr. 12, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 5 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10599, Apr. 14, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 9 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10764, May 30, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 10892, Jul. 21, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 10 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11042, Sep. 15, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on July 1, 2012.
Article 2 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11141, Dec. 31, 2011>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on September 1, 2012. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 22 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11396, Mar. 21, 2012>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 and 3 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11531, Dec. 11, 2012>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 11534, Dec. 11, 2012>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 11690, Mar. 23, 2013>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
(1) This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
(2) Omitted.
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 12248, Jan. 14, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 25 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 12440, Mar. 18, 2014>
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 12737, Jun. 3, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on January 1, 2015.
Articles 2 through 10 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 12738, Jun. 3, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 and 3 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 12924, Dec. 30, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of Article 7-6 shall enter into force on the date of their promulgation, and the amended provisions of Article 27 shall enter into force one year after the date of their promulgation.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures concerning Period of Existence of Special Cases on State or Public Property)
Notwithstanding the amended provisions of Article 16 (4), a lease contract for State or public property concluded pursuant to the former provisions before this Act enters into force shall remain in effect until the expiration of the term of the lease contract.
ADDENDA <Act No. 12959, Dec. 31, 2014>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force three months after the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 13433, Jul. 24, 2015>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 13474, Aug. 11, 2015>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 35 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 13499, Aug. 28, 2015>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force four months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 16 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 13797, Jan. 19, 2016>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 11 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 13805, Jan. 19, 2016>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on August 12, 2016.
Articles 2 through 22 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 13837, Jan. 27, 2016>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation.
Article 2 (Transitional Measures concerning Supply of Construction Sites for Foreigner-Only Rental Houses)
The former provisions shall apply to the development project operators who have been approved for a implementation plan for developing free economic zones or have applied for a modification thereof, notwithstanding the amended provisions of Article 24-2.
ADDENDA <Act No. 13854, Jan. 27, 2016>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDUM <Act No. 14307, Dec. 2, 2016>
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
ADDENDA <Act No. 14344, Dec. 2, 2016>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force six months after the date of its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 14480, Dec. 27, 2016>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 7 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 14569, Feb. 8, 2017>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force one year after its promulgation.
Articles 2 through 9 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 14839, Jul. 26, 2017>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force on the date of its promulgation: Provided, That the amended provisions of any Act, the enforcement date which does not arrive even though it is promulgated before this Act enters into force, from among Acts which are amended under Article 5 of Addenda, shall enter into force on the enforcement date of the relevant Act, respectively.
Articles 2 through 6 Omitted.
ADDENDA <Act No. 15309, Dec. 26, 2017>
Article 1 (Enforcement Date)
This Act shall enter into force three months after its promulgation. (Proviso Omitted.)
Articles 2 through 4 Omitted.