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Submitting applications for design requirements

Submitting applications for design requirements

It is necessary to apply for the design requirements for the preparation of the construction project of a building requiring a building permit or a facility of significant public interest (including utility networks) if there is no obligation to prepare a detailed plan for the area.

The local government issues design requirements for the construction or erection of a building or important facility or its expansion over 33% of the original volume. Read more in subsection 125 (5) of the Planning Act.

If there is a detailed plan, the local government may, in justified cases, issue design requirements for the preparation of the construction project of a building or an important facility subject to a building permit if one or more of the following circumstances exist:

  • More than five years have passed since the introduction of the detailed plan

  •      Since the introduction of the detailed plan, important new circumstances have emerged

  •    The plan area or its area of influence has changed significantly, which is why it is no longer possible to fully implement the detailed plan

  •    Since the establishment of the detailed plan, legislation or established plans have changed that which significantly affect the implementation of the detailed plan

 Design requirements are not given:

  •  to change the essence of the planning solution established in the detailed plan, to supplement the detailed plan that changes the general plan;

  •   to provide additional conditions to buildings permanently connected to the shore or functionally connected to the shore in a public body of water;

  •  to supplement the special planning of the state or local government. 

Submit an application for design requirements in the building register to the Tallinn Urban Planning Department or the Tallinn Urban Environment and Public Works Department. Attach the required supplementary documents to the application, including electronic materials illustrating the planned project.

Submit an application to the Tallinn Urban Planning Department if you need design requirements:

1) for erecting, constructing or expanding a building or facility of significant public interest (for example, a stadium, golf course, music stage, motor track) over 33% of its initially planned volume (subsections 26 (1) and (2) of the Building Code);

2) in justified cases to specify the detailed plan (§ 27 of the Building Code), if:

·       more than five years have passed since the introduction of the detailed plan;

·    since the establishment of the detailed plan, important new circumstances have appeared or the planning area or its area of influence has changed significantly, due to which it is no longer possible to fully implement the detailed plan;

·     since the establishment of the detailed plan, legislation or established plans have changed that which significantly affect the implementation of the detailed plan.