The construction of an entirely new building and exterior modifications of an already existing one are to be evaluated and approved by the building authorities, or in German “Bauaufsicht“, of the respective district. There are a number of rules and regulations that apply to each building site, which have to be taken under consideration during the planning process. Complying to these specifics ensures the safety and appropriateness of the project in mind. Only after receiving an official approval, can the construction process begin.
NB: Each federal state in Germany has its own rules. No matter the scale of your project, please make sure to contact the responsible authorities in your area prior to the construction start.
NB: To be submitted before construction start.
Depending on the complexity of the project and how busy your local building authorities are, the review can take from two weeks up to more than a few months.
Patience is key when it comes to German bureaucracy. The application in itself does not guarantee the project’s approval, but picking the right partner to plan the building and deal with all the paperwork can make the process much easier.
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