- Initial information
The Building Control Services provides information for construction projects in their initial stages.
Customer: City resident, anyone undertaking a construction project, designer
Services: General information about the permitting process; investigation of the need for a permit; building instructions and regulations and interpretation thereof; the site data (detailed plan, whether the building is protected, management); tasks and approval of designers
How to get information / make contact: Web site; personal information at Tellinki service counter and Tellinki telephone service; City Planning Department’s information service. Service requests from Lupapiste (www.lupapiste.fi).
- Before project implementation
The goal of processes preceding a construction project is to inform the builder and designer about matters affecting the permitting process at the earliest possible stage. The first meeting is used to go through the project, the processing stages, necessary reports and necessary supplements. It is used to evaluate the needs for statements from advisory boards, for a more extensive technical meeting and for other statements and comments from authorities.
Customer: Lead designer and the undertaker of a construction project
Services: The first meeting with the permitting officer
Requirements: A qualified lead designer has been named, the need for a permit is known, and a preliminary design is ready
How to get information / make contact: Make an appointment with the permit secretary to see the permitting officer for your area.
- Registration of a tentative project
A project is registered as a tentative project if it has been agreed at Stage 2 that statements will be requested.
Customer: Lead designer, special designers and the undertaker of the construction project
Services: A technical meeting, statement from the cityscape advisory board, statement from a technical advisory board
Obligatory at this stage: Qualified special designers have been chosen, the first meeting with the permitting officer has been held, requirements for statements are known
How to get information / make contact: Make an appointment with the permit secretary to see your area’s permitting officer for a review of the materials
- Commencement of a building permit application process
A building permit application can be submitted to Lupapiste.fi-service once the plans, reports and supplements agreed upon in meetings are compiled. In case of a major project, the building permit application and related information are reviewed together with the permitting officer, who gives a go-ahead to submit the permit application.
Customer: Lead designer
Services: Review of the content of the building permit application and registration of the application
Obligatory at this stage: Stages1–3 completed as agreed
How to get information / make contact: Make an appointment with your area’s permit secretary to see your area’s permitting officer for a review of the building permit application materials. Permit applications for minor projects are delivered directly to Lupapiste.fi.
- Permitting process
The permitting officer prepares the case and, as needed, requests complementary information from the lead designer.
Customer: Lead designer
Services: Complementary materials for the building permit application, necessary statements from authorities
Obligatory at this stage: Stages1–4 completed as agreed
How to get information / make contact: Information about the progress and timetable of the permitting process is provided by the permitting officer.
- Permit decisions and legal validity
Building permits are decided on by the City of Helsinki Construction Committee or an officer at the Building Control Services.
Permit decisions are issued after they have been put on public display. Permit decisions are displayed for a set period of time on the bulletin board of the Building Control Services and on the service’s Web site. Decisions are mailed to applicants or other recipients indicated in applications within a few days after they have been put on display. Before construction or other activity in accordance with a building permit can be commenced, the permit must be legally valid. Legal validity means that period during which amendments to the permit can be sought has expired and no amendments have been sought.