Building Permit & Building Notice

When do you need a building notification or a building application? How does a building procedure work and what has to be done in case of plan changes?

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Building permit

Do I need a permit before building?

Before you build, you need to clarify whether you need a building permit. There are three levels here:

The detailed list of when a building project is exempt from approval, subject to notification or subject to approval can be found in the Tyrolean Building Code (§ 28 TBO).

If you build without a corresponding permit, this is an administrative offense. If a black building is determined, because construction measures were not approved or not executed according to the permit, criminal proceedings will be initiated. If necessary, the Service Unit Structural engineering, fire protection and building physics.. immediately stops the construction activities.

Which projects are exempt from approval?

Under certain conditions, the following measures are neither subject to notification nor to approval according to § 28 para. 3 TBO:

  • Measures inside buildings if they do not significantly affect general structural engineering requirements.
  • the replacement of windows and balcony doors, if the exterior design of the building is not significantly affected by these measures.
  • Maintenance and repair measures on buildings, if general structural requirements are not significantly affected
  • the erection and alteration of enclosures up to a total height of 1.50 meters and of retaining walls up to a height of 1 meter, except in relation to traffic areas
  • the erection, installation and alteration of free-standing advertising facilities outside built-up areas
  • the installation of solar collectors and photovoltaic systems up to an area of 20 m² on building structures, provided they are integrated into the roof or wall surface or the parallel distance between the solar collector or photovoltaic system and the roof or wall skin does not exceed 30 cm at any point on the outer surface of the system
  • the erection and modification of tool sheds, wooden sheds and the like up to a floor area of 15 m² and a height of 2.80 meters, provided that they are accessible from the outside on at least three sides from the relevant building site or a traffic area.
    Note: These structural installations are subject to a levy (development and sidewalk contribution) in accordance with the Tyrolean Traffic Development and Compensation Levy Act (TVAG). For further information please contact the department Service Unit Municipal taxes - assessment - Property tax/walkway cleaning fee.. is at your disposal.
  • Hail protection nets, pasture tents up to 40 m², non-accessible foil tunnels and bee stands

Are you not sure whether your project is exempt from approval? Then please contact the Service Unit Structural engineering, fire protection and building physics...

Please note that, for example, there are design requirements for renovation measures (e.g. replacement of windows, painting of facades, roofing) in a protection zone according to SOG. For this you need a permit according to SOG. You can also apply for a subsidy according to SOG for the resulting additional expenditure.

Which construction projects require a building notification?

The construction notification is a simplified construction procedure with which you must report construction measures to the authorities.

According to § 28 Abs. 2 TBO you need a building notification for:

  • Changes to buildings and other structures Structural facilities, unless a permit is required (§ 28, para. 2)
  • Subordinate building components and balcony glazing (§ 28, Para. 2, a)
  • Retaining walls and enclosures up to a total height of two meters (§ 28, par. 2, b)
  • Terraces, pergolas and mobile open swimming pools with more than 10,000 liters (§ 28, para. 2, c)
  • Stables for agricultural purposes, bee houses in wooden construction, installation of foil tunnels (§ 28, par. 2, d)
  • Sports fields, riding arenas, children's playgrounds (§ 28, par. 2, e)
  • Major renovation of buildings, unless subject to approval (§ 28, par. 2, f)
  • Freestanding charging stations for electric vehicles (§ 28, par. 2, g)
  • Carports up to 15 m², containers up to 30 m³ and parking spaces up to 200 m² (§28, par. 2, h)
  • Solar collectors and photovoltaic systems that are not integrated into the roof or wall surface or have an area of more than 20 m² (§ 28, para. 2, i and j)
  • Fillings and excavations of more than 1.5 m (§ 58)
  • Erection and substantial alteration of antenna masts (§ 60)
  • Advertising facilities on buildings (§ 28, para. 2, a)

How do I submit the construction notification?

You must submit the construction notification to Service Unit Structural engineering, fire protection and building physics.. at least with the following documents:

  • Construction notification with construction description
  • Site plan (2-fold)
  • Submission plans (2-fold)
  • a short technical description
  • Planning documents in accordance with the Building Documents Ordinance

You must submit the construction notification to City Adminstrative Group MA III - Planning, Building Law and Technical Infrastructure Management - Civil Engineering Intake Point.. . Use one of these forms for this purpose:

Can I build immediately after submitting the construction notification?

No. If your building notification has been submitted in full , the authority, in this case Service Unit Structural engineering, fire protection and building physics.. , decides on the admissibility within two months. The following options are available:

  • The building notification is taken note of - You receive an explicit written approval from the Service Unit Structural engineering, fire protection and building physics.. for the execution of your building project.
  • If it turns out that your project requires a building permit, you will be informed of this in a written decision.
  • If the execution of your project is to be prohibited for reasons of building and/or regional planning law, you will also be informed of this in a written decision.
  • You have the option of withdrawing your application at any time during the ongoing procedure.

The construction project subject to notification must be completed within two years. Do not forget the construction completion notification!

Who do I contact for questions about the construction notification

For questions about the construction notification contact the Service Unit Structural engineering, fire protection and building physics

When do I have to submit a building application for a building permit?

In principle, you must submit a building application for the following building projects (in particular on the basis of § 28 para. 1 TBO):

  • New construction, additions and alterations to buildings
  • Other alterations to buildings and the erection and alteration of other structural facilities (e.g. carports, terrace roofs, massive swimming pools, etc.), if general structural engineering requirements (mechanical strength, stability, fire protection, etc.) are significantly affected as a result.
  • Change of the purpose of use
  • Use of premises to accommodate guests in return for payment (short-term rentals via online platforms, such as AirBnB, Booking.com, etc.)
  • Temporary structural facilities (e.g., school containers)
  • Freestanding advertising facilities

If you have any questions regarding the handling of the procedure, please contact the Service Unit Building law

How do I submit a building application?

  1. You must prepare a submission plan for your building project or your planned structural measures. In doing so, you must comply with the applicable laws, ordinances, directives and guidelines for the construction sector.
  2. All required documents must be signed by the building owner and by an authorized planner (architect, civil engineer, surveyor, master builder, etc.).
  3. After the documents have been prepared, please contact the City Adminstrative Group MA III - Planning, Building Law and Technical Infrastructure Management - Coordination office for building applications and guest gardens. The documents will be checked there.
    1. If the documents are not complete, you will be informed of this and can prepare supplements.
    2. If the documents are complete and signed, hand them in in the City Adminstrative Group MA III - Planning, Building Law and Technical Infrastructure Management - Coordination office for building applications and guest gardens.. .

If you need advice on the individual regulations, contact the advice centers.

If you have questions about the building application procedure itself, Service Unit Building law.. as the competent authority is your contact.

What documents are required for the building application?

At the building authority, in this case the Service Unit Building law.. , you must apply in writing for your building permit with at least the following documents:

  • Building application form (Excel),Building application (pdf)
  • technical description of the building (Excel form), description of the building (pdf form ) (in triplicate)
  • Site plan (in triplicate)
  • Submission plans (in triplicate)
  • Proof of ownership (by means of a current excerpt from the land register) or the express consent of the landowner
  • Proof of a legally secured connection with a public traffic area
  • Proof of water supply and sewage disposal as well as precipitation water disposal
  • possibly energy certificate (depending on the building project)
  • for new buildings and major renovations: Presentation of the technical, ecological and economic feasibility of using highly efficient alternative systems
  • In individual cases, further documents may be requested, e.g. in the case of complex excavation securing, new types of construction, deviations in fire protection or similar.

All required documents must be signed by the client and an authorized planner (architect, civil engineer, surveyor, builder, etc.).

For general questions about the required documents, contact the Service Unit Structural engineering, fire protection and building physics

For questions regarding the content of the individual planning bases, laws, specifications & ordinances, contact the relevant advisory office.

For questions regarding the handling of the procedure, contact the Service Unit Building law

How does the building procedure work?

As the authority, the Building Law Unit is responsible for handling the construction procedure. The department coordinates the building procedure with internal and external agencies.

  1. After you have submitted your building application to the Magistrate, it is registered.
  2. The building application is assigned to a clerk of the Building Law Department as the head of the procedure.
  3. An initial preliminary examination is carried out.
  4. Thereafter, expert opinions and/or statements are obtained from, among others, the following official experts:
    1. City Department Building and fire police and Service Unit Structural engineering, fire protection and building physics..
    2. City Department Urban planning, urban development and integration load text Service Unit Projects, design and site protection..
    3. Depending on the construction measure, you may also do so:
      1. City Department Civil Engineering
      2. Service Unit Water and plant law
      3. City Department Mobility and environment
    4. In individual cases, further expert opinions, e.g. from the City Department Professional fire department.., the Provincial Geology, the Torrent and Avalanche Control or the Federal Office for the Protection of Monuments.
  5. If information and documents are missing for the evaluation of your building measures or if your building application does not meet all legal requirements, the Loading Service Unit Building law.. will inform you. will inform you about it. You can improve or change the building application.
  6. In the event that the requested documents are not submitted or deficiencies are not improved, you will be issued a negative notice. The construction may not be carried out in the form submitted.
  7. If the inspection does not reveal any deficiencies and all experts assess the building application positively, the expert assessment is completed.
  8. The authority may hold a construction hearing if it is necessary due to the type and size of the construction project, the number of experts or the parties (e.g. new construction).
  9. The building decision (= building permit) is delivered in writing to you, the neighbors involved and other parties to the proceedings.
  10. From the date of delivery of the decision, these parties have a four-week appeal period. The appeal must be filed with the Service Unit Building law..enter.

You have the possibility to withdraw your application at any time during the ongoing procedure.

If you have any questions regarding the handling of the construction process, please contact the Service Unit Building law

How long is my building permit valid?

You must start your construction within two years after the permit is issued. Do not forget the notice of commencement.

If the deadline is missed, the building permit expires.

What do I have to consider in case of plan changes during construction?

When making changes to the plan, you should first contact the Service Unit Structural engineering, fire protection and building physics.. and Service Unit Construction consulting and expert opinions.. to clarify whether the changes are possible and what consequences the changes will have (change in the number of parking spaces, energy certificate, etc.)

For a change of plan you have to submit a new building application.

Last updated 07.12.2022