These Regulations are into effect on DECEMBER 08, 2015 as well


Published by the Chairman of the Physical Culture and Sport Committee. Updated and published in "Parliament Presidium Bulletin", copy 29 from 11 April 1958. Came into effect from 11 April 1958



1. Tourist or alpine chalets are public properties. They are designed as places for spending the night and rest of all the tourists and alpinists – members or non-members of any tourist association.

2. Tourist or alpine chalet is any building or part of it hosted or managed by:

a) Bulgarian Tourist Association (BTA) and its branches or

b) Any trade union, department, cooperation or other association if in its ratified plans the building is designed for tourist and alpinists’ use.

NOTE: The shelters in the mountains as well as the tourist houses and dormitories in the towns, all the buildings in Vitosha National Park, built over 1000 m. altitude, excluding these with specific purpose according to their ratified plans, are considered to be tourist or alpine chalets as well.

Meteorological observations and stations, buildings of the forest authorities and farms, chalets of the National Fishermen and Hunters’ Association, buildings for protection of the water-supplying zones, all the power stations and their subsidiary buildings are not considered to be tourist or alpine chalets.

3. The tourist or alpine chalets are opened any time of the year twenty-four hours per day. Anyone who has valid identity card or other official identity document will be sheltered in it.

4. Any tourist or alpine chalet has to have:

a) Furnished tourist kitchen where free hot sugar free tea has to be served anytime. It has to be equipped with outfits for drying clothes and shoes.

b) First aid kit and emergency medical equipment for first aid. The number and the type of the drugs are specified by the Mountain Rescue Service (MRS).

c) Rescue equipments and subsidiary outfits on MRS instructions only in certain specified by BTA and MRS alpine chalets where often there are storms, land-slips as well as serious dangers.

d) Fire-precaution devices and equipment.

5. The following notebooks must be kept in any tourist or alpine chalet: visitors’ book, revision book and book for recommendations, praises and complaints.



6. Every Bulgarian or foreign citizen has the right to be sheltered and to use the inventory of the chalet.

7. The guests of the chalets are obliged:

a) To observe these regulations and to fulfill the instructions of the officials in the chalet;

b) To cooperate the host, the duty officer as well as MRS in rescue actions;

c) To take care of and to prevent any fire-danger in the chalets and the forests and to take part in extinguishing arisen fire as well.

8. The guests write their complaints in the book for recommendations, praises and complaints without taking the law into their own hands with the officers in the chalet. The duty officer and the host are bound to inform immediately the host association for the complaint. The host association must make a decision in 20 day-period and to inform the claimant.



A. Host

9. The host of the chalet is obliged:

a) To run and manage well the chalet and its inventory;

b) To keep the tourist marking in the region in good condition following the host association instructions;

c) To welcome the guests and to be polite with them;

d) To know the chalet region well and to direct the guests;

e) To observe the Interior Regulations and the host association instructions;

f) To keep the visitors’ book as established;

g) To keep the chalet and the region around tidy;

h) To keep the chalet heated and wired;

i) To give signals by ringing the bell, lighting or others in bad weather conditions or other danger;

j) To cooperate the MRS authorities in duties and rescue actions;

k) To give and take back books from the library and to observe its regular return;

l) Not to take any remuneration by the guests for executing his duties;

m) In case of breach the Interior Regulations to take measures accordingly without taking the law in his hands or rude attitude.

10. The host of the chalet has the right:

a) To accommodate the guests in the order stated in the Interior Regulations;

b) To execute the punishments as stated in the Interior Regulations.

NOTE: This Interior Regulation is valid for the host as well as for the managers of the chalets and the other officers, substituting the host.

B. Duty Officer

11. When necessary the tourist associations, sections or alpine clubs send duty officers in the chalets. They have to:

a) Control how the chalet staff executes their duties, without interfering with them;

b) Keep the observation of the Interior Regulations from guests’ side, to note the complaints and praises and to inform the association at once;

c) To cooperate for accommodating the visitors.

The duty officers execute these tasks according the BTA instructions and organizations managing chalets.



12. The guests are accommodated in their arrival order not earlier than three hours before the sleeping hour.

10 % from the places have to be kept for mothers with children, pregnant women, old or ill men etc. up to one hour before the sleeping time, after that these are shared out between the other guests.

In case the capacity of the chalet is less than the number of the guests, the following order has to be observed when accommodating the visitors: mothers with children, pregnant women, ill men and children, boys and girls under 15 years, old men, the rest of the women and the other tourists.

13. Any reservations are absolutely forbidden except in the following cases:

a) In manifestations organized by BTA and its branches;

b) In tourist, alpine and ski competitions and organized training – for the competitors, referees and coaches;

c) For the participants in excursions, nevertheless which is the host association of the chalet and for organized youth tours and excursions – with the agreement of the chalet proprietors.

In these cases 50 % of all the places can be reserved. The Main Council of BTA may change this percent in peculiar cases for different chalets.

14. No person can stay in one and the same chalet more than 5 days unless there are other places available. This prohibition is not valid for organized tourist, alpine, qualification and sport-training manifestations.

15. In buildings where there is more than one bedroom and if the conditions allow, men and women are accommodated in different rooms. If there are no separate rooms, the proprietors of the chalets are bound to adjust women and men rooms.



16. The guests use the rooms and the inventory of the tourist or alpine chalets paying certain fees. The fees are for spending the night, rest, using additional blanket and heating.

A. Fees for Spending the Night

Members of BTA (tourist and alpinists) with valid for the current year membership cards and students up to 14 years of age pay as follows:

For BED - 2,50 levs

For PLANKBED - 1,50 levs

The other guests pay as follows:

For BED - 6 levs

For PLANKBED - 3 levs

This fee includes using one blanket.

Children younger than 7 years who sleep with their parents do not pay fees.

All the guests who spend the night in the chalet may use the place for rest to 3 p.m. on the next day.

B. Fees for Rest The guests may use beds for rest during the day. They pay half of the fee for spending the night and use the beds to 3 p.m. on the same day.

C. Fees for Additional Blanket and Heating For each additional blanket the fee is 0,50 levs.

For heating during the winter the fee is 1 lev.

17. For every spending the night, rest, additional blanket and heating a receipt from stamped and certified by BTA book is issued. The guests have to keep their receipts during the stay in the chalet.

18. No one may use the place for sleep and rest before giving his/her identity documents.

19. The unmarked fees are maximal. The host association may decrease or abolish them.

20. Fees are not paid by:

a) Workers in labor days in chalet favor;

b) Duty officers, MRS officers and persons who inspect the chalet.



A. In the Bedrooms

21. The sleeping hours are the following:

During the winter (1 Oct. – 30 Apr.) – from 22 p.m. to 7 a.m.

During the summer (1 May – 30 Sept.) – from 23 p.m. to 6 a.m.

22. Every guest has to take his/her place for sleep and rest up to the sleeping hour. Those who arrive later have to settle quietly.

23. During the sleeping hours inside the chalet and in its region full silence has to be kept.

24. It is forbidden to carry food, to cook and eat, to smoke and to make noise in the bedrooms as well as to take in, to fit and smash skis.

25. After the sleeping hours are over, the bedrooms have to be left so that to be cleaned and refreshed. This has to be made latest up to 11 a.m.

When the blankets are not put into sheets, one of their ends has to be marked, so that it can be properly used only from the side of the head.

B. In the Canteen (Hall) and the Cafes

26. Every guest is bound to clean and put the table in order after meal and to dump the rubbish in the bins.

The rack-sacks and the skis have to be put in the appropriate places.

C. In the Kitchen

27. Every guest, after registering in the chalet, has the right to use free of charge the dishes and has to return them washed and clean.

D. In Shelters Without Host

28. After using the shelter and its inventory, everyone is bound to clean the building, to tide it, to prepare woods for the stove and after locking the door to put the key in its appropriate place.

E. In the Yard and the Region

29. The chalet inventory in the yard and the region has to be used carefully.

The rubbish has to be dumped into the bins or pits.

30. Polluting the water into the water-supplying zones and the drinking water is absolutely forbidden.

31. Picking flowers, breaking branches, making fires and bivouacking in the yard and the region is absolutely forbidden.



32. The disturbers of the present regulations will be punished as follows:

a) Reproof;

b) Presenting the names of the disturbers for punishment in the host association and its penalty section according to the BTA regulations;

c) Removing from the chalet – in case of alcohol use, disobedience or repetition of the disturbance;

d) Not allowing a drunken man to spend the night in the chalet.

The punishments in point "c" and "d" are laid down only in case they do not expose to danger the life or the health of the punished person. They are executed by the host in accordance with the duty officer in the chalet and in MRS, if there are such.

33. In case of hooliganism or other offence the chalet officers must give the guilty person up for punishment to the appropriate authorities.



34. Revisions in executing these regulations may be accomplished by:

a) Members of the Main Council of BTA and the authorized officers – in all the chalets all over the country, nevertheless which the host association is;

b) Members of the Regional Councils of BTA and the authorized officers – in all the chalets located in their region;

c) Members of the Association Councils and the authorized officers – in all the chalets, hosted by these associations, tourist sections or alpine clubs.

35. Revisions in the chalets hosted by Departments, Trade unions, and Organizations may be accomplished by authorized persons by the Managing Council and by authorized members of any Regional and Association Councils of BTA.

36. The officers from the Forest-park Managing Councils may accomplish revisions in the chalets located in the forest-parks as well, but in the frames of the orders and the regulations for the structure of these forest-parks.



37. Selling and using any alcohol drinks in the chalet, in the canteen and in the region is absolutely forbidden.

Playing any hazardous games is absolutely forbidden as well.

38. Persons who break down the chalet or its inventory pay the value of the damage at once.

39. The execution of the present regulations is entrusted to Bulgarian Tourist Association, Trade unions and all the organizations, departments and cooperations that host the chalets.

40. These Interior Regulations are ratified with Decision No. 4 from 13 Feb. 1958 by the Physical Culture and Sport Committee and becomes into effect from the date of its publishing in "Parliament Presidium Bulletin"