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French administration or public services: Which term of payment to choose?

The terms of payment are defined in the public sector code, article 98

As of July 2010, terms of payments are:
  1. 30 days for French administrations and public services other than the ones having an industrial or commercial nature and other than the ones mentionned in 3°;
  2. For regional authorities and local public services other than the ones mentionned in 3°. The term of payment that was 45 days is now:
    • a) 40 days from January 1, 2009;
    • b) 35 days from January 1, 2010;
    • c) 30 days from July 1, 2010.
  3. 50 days for public health services and army health services.
An overdue payment opens rights to claim moratory interests from the day following the due date. See decree 2002-232 and a detailed documents.

In April 30, 2008 the terms were:
  1. 30 days for French administrations and public services other than the ones having and an industrial or commercial nature and other than the ones mentionned in 3°;
  2. 45 days for regional authorities and local public services other than the ones mentionned in 3°;
  3. 50 days for public health services and army health services.

In January 1, 2009, the terms were:
  1. 30 days for French administrations and public services other than the ones having and an industrial or commercial nature and other than the ones mentionned in 3°;
  2. 40 days for regional authorities and local public services other than the ones mentionned in 3°;
  3. 50 days for public health services and army health services.

In January 1, 2010, the terms were:
  1. 30 days for French administrations and public services other than the ones having and an industrial or commercial nature and other than the ones mentionned in 3°;
  2. 35 days for regional authorities and local public services other than the ones mentionned in 3°;
  3. 50 days for public health services and army health services.

January 1st 2013: modifications

The decree 2013-269 of March 29, 2013sets a 40 euros basic allowance due by organizations that do not respect the terms of payment. It is a compensation for collection charges. They are due in addition to penalty fees.

DGFIP PDF: MEMORANDUM REGARDING LOCAL AND HEALTH PUBLIC SERVICES PLAN AGAINST LATE PAYMENT DOR PUBLIC ORDERS

The government has a tool to compute the default interest on public contracts: https://www.service-public.fr/professionnels-entreprises/vosdroits/R209