The existing legislation on building construction which determines conditions for building all types of buildings foresees lengthy, complicated and irrational procedures to obtain building permits and planning permissions. The new Building Act (GZ). which enters into force on the 1st of June 2018 and will replace the current Act on Building Construction (ZGO-1), extends the definition of a building and introduces faster and more rational procedures to obtain building permits and planning permissions based on formally less extensive documentation, improves the protection of investors and allows more effective oversight.
The new act amends and supplements the meaning of certain terms and offers and a more precise definition of traffic infrastructure, piping, communication networks and other engineering structures, so they all fall within the concept of a building. It also broadens the concept of a building which now not only entails buildings or construction-engineering structures, but also other constructional intervention that include construction, finishing construction or installation works such as excavation, backfilling etc. This improves safety for investors, as competent authorities are now obliged to help and offer advice to investors as well as provide all information required to obtain building permits, planning permissions and ensure compliance with other procedures laid down in the legislation. The new act also provides additional legal certainty to investors, who can request a preliminary decision before requesting a building permit, with which competent authorities can decide on compliance with relevant conditions for the issue of a building permit, deciding on whether the construction meets the provisions of the Planning Act, relevant applicable regulations and whether minimal building construction supervision will be provided etc.