Chapter I : General Provisions
These Regulations are hereby established to reinforce the guidance and management of retail markets, maintain market order, and protect the rights of consumers.
The central competent authority referred to herein is the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and competent authorities in counties (cities) shall be the county (city) government, and village (township, city) offices in villages, townships and county-administered cities [hereinafter referred to as the Village (town, city)].
The retail markets (hereinafter referred to as the market) referred to herein means a business place centralized for retail sales of vegetables, fruits, fish, meat and other daily used ingredients, and divided by stalls (stores) on land used for markets according to urban planning or Type A, B or C construction sites of non-urban land approved by municipal or county (city) competent authorities.
The duties of the competent authorities are divided as follows:
1. Central competent authority:
（1）Policy planning for market management and guidance.
（2）Coordination for matters regarding market business supervision and execution among various municipal city and county (city) governments.
（3）Planning, establishment and maintenance of the national market information system.
2. Municipal, county (city) competent authorities:
（1）Establishment, management and guidance for markets within the area governed by municipal government or county (city) government.
（2）Coordination for matters regarding market business supervision and execution among various village (township, city) offices, which offices are governed by county government.
（3）Planning, establishment and maintenance of a local market information system.
3. Village (township, city) competent authorities: establishment, management and guidance for market within the area governed by village (township, city) offices.
Market may be divided into stalls (stores) by categories and segments based on the nature of the products. The municipal or county (city) competent authorities shall determine the method, type, management and other compliance matters for establishment of stalls (stores).
The municipal or county (city) competent authorities may establish public markets, as the case may be, and encourage private investment in market establishment.
The preceding public market may be leased or commissioned for private management. Unless provisions are otherwise provided by other laws, the municipal or county (city) competent authorities shall determine the qualification, procedures, rents and other related matters for the leasing or commissioning party.
The regulations set forth in articles 22 and 23 shall apply mutatis mutandis to lease or private management of a public market.
The market shall make overall development. However, construction by segments in phases is available upon approval by the municipal or county (city) competent authority after overall planning.
The market self-governance organization or market management committee shall purchase public liability insurance for the market place.
The minimum insurance amount of the preceding insurance shall be announced by the central competent authority after consulting with a competent insurance authority.