Skip to content

Competence of Planning Officers

A construction project must have a Chief Planning Officer in charge of the entire construction work and its quality and a Construction Planning Officer in charge of the construction plan. In addition to these, a Special Planning Officer compiles the necessary special plans.

Planning assignments are divided into different classes based on their complexity, which are minor planning assignment, standard planning assignment, demanding planning assignment and exceptionally demanding planning assignment.

The competence requirements of the Planning Officers are defined in the Land Use and Building Act as well as in the instructions by the Ministry of the Environment. The competence of the Planning Officer is determined based on their training and experience. In order to be qualified for their assignment, the Planning Officer must have enough training and experience of the planning duties of the assignment’s planning field. The Planning Officer of a repair or modification work must have experience on planning repairs or modifications. A person without any degree in construction can only act as the Planning Officer of projects that have been defined to be minor in complexity. A building control authority will assess the Planning Officer’s competence for the assignment. This competence is project-specific.

A party engaging in a building project must report the selected Chief Planning Officer and Construction Officer to the building control authority in writing, at the latest in connection to the construction permit application. The Planning Officer’s consent to the assignment and the necessary information on the Planning Officer’s training and experience needed for assessing their competence must be attached to the notification.

There are no exceptions to the Planning Officer’s competence.

06.12.2019 18:54

Planning Officer's duties and responsibilities

During the construction project, the duty of the Chief Planning Officer is to ensure that the building plan and special plans form a cohesive entity so that the requirements of rules and regulations concerning construction as well as the demands of good building practises are fulfilled.