Building permission represents the decision by the construction authority to approve a new development, extension, conversion, a change in classification, or the demolition of buildings in protection zones. Depending on the type of construction scheme, building plans must come with several copies, a land register extract, the permission of the property owner, disclosure of the development provisions, and the building specifications, as well as static calculations. Site management must be commenced within four years of receiving building permission and construction must be completed a further four years after beginning. For certain construction schemes, a simplified process for obtaining permission may be possible. For this, a civil engineer is required to confirm that the building code is adhered to.
Building permission does not replace any permission that is required in relation to other laws. In many cases, other approvals or declarations of consent must be obtained in addition to or prior to building permission.