Helsinki’s new building ordinance has entered into force

Helsinki’s new building ordinance entered into force on 7 June 2023. The new building ordinance is applied to matters that are in progress after its entry into force.
Työmaa-aitoja Uudenmaankadulla.
Photo: Susa Junnola

The City of Helsinki’s building ordinance is the code regulating building in addition to plans. It stipulates, among other things, what can be built and repaired without a permit from the Building Control Services.

The Helsinki City Council approved the new building ordinance on 24 May. The previous building ordinance (2010) was modified to better match the current City Strategy.

The most significant changes concern exemptions from action permits, taking natural values into account in the construction of buildings, and removing and reusing usable building parts from demolished buildings.

The building ordinance is provided for in Section 14 of the Land Use and Building Act.  The building ordinance issues regulations that are based on local conditions and that are necessary for organised and appropriate building, taking cultural, ecological and scenic values into account, and for creating and maintaining a good living environment.

The building ordinance regulations are not applied in matters where a legally binding local master plan, local detailed plan or the Finnish Building Code provides otherwise.

The customer instructions of the City of Helsinki’s Building Control Service are being updated due to the new building ordinance. The aim is to publish the updated instructions by the end of June.

More infomation:

City of Helsinki’s building ordinance (pdf, in Finnish)