Permits are required for any building, fundamental repair or alteration work, as well as any measures affecting the appearance of the built environment.
The purpose of the permit system is to ensure that all building projects conform to legislation and regulations, land use plans are followed and the projects fit in with the environment. In addition, the neighbours’ perspective must also be taken into account. Building is regulated in a variety of ways, and the more central the location or valuable the environment, the stricter the control.
It is advisable to let a professional principal designer handle the permit application process. Applications are processed faster if all submitted documents are fully completed and the applicant or his/her representative have informed the neighbours about the project.
Building-related permits are handled at the Building Control Department, which also carries out all inspections relating to those permits.