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Approved permit

The permit decision and instructions for appealing the decision are available at Lupapiste.fi service and mailed to the applicant or other recipient indicated in the application after the decision is issued. If a neighbour has opposed to the permit, the decision is also mailed to this neighbour.

Decisions are put on display for a set period of time on the Building Control Service’s bulletin board and the service’s Web site. Construction can only be commenced when the building permit decision is legally valid, unless permission to commence construction has been granted against guarantees. However, a commencement meeting can be held before the decision becomes legally valid.

A permit decision almost always includes permit regulations that must be applied in the project. These regulations can concern the manner of constructing or performing an operation and how to limit any inconveniences caused by the work.

Appealing decisions

A permit decision made by an officer at the Building Control Services can be appealed in writing to the Construction Committee. The appeal must be made within 14 days after the decision is put on display. A permit decision made by the Construction Committee can be appealed to the Helsinki Administrative Court. The appeal must be made within 30 days after the decision is put on display. A decision made by the Helsinki Administrative Court can be appealed to the Supreme Administrative Court. The appeal must be made within 30 days. Decisions made by the Supreme Administrative Court cannot be appealed.

Validity and extension of permits

An approved permit entitles the permit holder to perform a certain construction or other task. An approved permit does not obligate the permit holder to perform the task, and the permit can be unused.

If a construction task indicated in a building permit (the permit code contains the letter A, B or D) has not been commenced within three years or completed within five years, the permit expires. An operation permit (the permit code contains the letter C), a demolition permit (the permit code contains the letter P) and a landscape permit (the permit code contains the letter M) expires if the task has not been completed within three years. The term of a permit begins when the permit becomes legally valid.

The Building Control Services can extend the validity of a permit by no more than two years for the commencement of work, if the legal conditions for the construction or other task are still valid. The validity of a permit can be extended by no more than three years at a time for the completion of work. An application for an extension must be made before the permit expiration date.



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