In its decision of 4 July 2019, the European Court of Justice (hereinafter referred to as "ECJ") declared the binding minimum and maximum fee rates of the Fee Structure for Architects and Engineers (hereinafter referred to as "HOAI") to be illegal. As a result of this ruling, the Federal Republic of Germany is now obliged to adapt the fee law to the requirements of the ECJ. It is intended to bring the necessary changes in the HOAI into force at the beginning of 2021. A draft law on this has already been submitted.
From our point of view, it seems sensible - if possible in practice - to wait until the beginning of 2021 for the new fee law to come into force when concluding a planning contract with an architect or engineer. According to the draft law, the amendments will at least eliminate some legal and factual difficulties of the HOAI which have been in force up to now. We would like to briefly present some of the changes planned by the legislator in the following: