Steps for getting a building permit in Romania

If you are on the verge of building a house, you will definitely need a building permit. Although you will have to take many trips to your local city hall or other competent authorities, you can skip this task by giving a power of attorney to the architect or the developer. As such, they will handle the formalities to obtain all permits, while you can focus on your other issues. Depending on the architecture firm chosen, it may provide you A-Z services, which means that a single power of attorney and one visit to the Notary Public office will be all you have to do.

Therefore, here are the documents that are needed to obtain this building permit for your house:

1. Urban planning certificate

According to the provisions of art. 6 par. (1) and (4) of the Law, the urban planning certificate is an informative document on the legal, economic and technical status of the property, as well as on the urban planning requirements of the area. This document is issued upon request by the City Hall in which the land you want to build on is located. In order to obtain it, you must submit an application with the following documents:
• standard form
• land survey or cadaster plans
• proof of payment for the urban planning certificate, in copy

2. Technical documents

A series of written or drawn documents, containing all information required for the performance of a construction work. They are drafted by specialized personnel, such as architects, structural or installation engineers and comply with the legal provisions given in the urban planning certificate.

3. Approval from the Environmental Protection Agency

Also named an ”environmental permit”, this administrative document is issued to the requester after an initial assessment of the investment has been performed. It is required for integration into the environmental impact assessment procedure.

4. Approvals from utility providers

In order to obtain a building permit, you will also need approval from your utility providers: water supply, sewerage, power, gas, heating, telecommunications, waste, urban transportation – including for the solutions chosen to ensure and connect them to the urban infrastructure.

5. Approval from your neighbors

If you have neighbors, you will also need their approval in the following cases:
• for new buildings, which are adjacent or in close proximity to existing ones – only if intervention is needed to protect them;
• for construction works needed to change the designation of existing buildings;
• in the event of buildings that will have a different designation from the surrounding buildings.

To put it briefly, the urban planning certificate describes the regulations and laws of the area in which you plan to build. It gives details relating to the allowed building surface and the height of the fence to surround your property. Depending on the values provided in the certificate, the next step is to accomplish the requirements for obtaining a building permit.

Careful, since regulations have to be observed strictly, otherwise you might get your project rejected if it doesn’t meet the urban planning requirements of the area.

Good luck!


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