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Permit for construction in a road protection zone

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

If a privately-owned property lies within a protection zone or a visibility zone of a road, the landowner should be aware of the limitations and obligations concerning building on those areas.

Also, when there is a plan to repair a building situated on a protection zone or a visibility zone, an opinion must be requested from the local ELY Centre before the licensing authority processes the matt ...

Do the following

Use the e-service primarily.

Signing into the service requires strong authentication. You will need either a bank ID, a mobile certificate or a certificate card.

If you cannot use the e-service, you can use printable forms. Irrespective of the location, submit the application form to the registry of the Pirkanmaa ELY Centre (P.O. Box 297, 33101 Tampere). When using this application method, a separate processing fee is charged in addition to the actual permit fee.

Fill in the application form carefully.

Before applying for a permit, you must also obtain the following attachments:

  • a copy of the road maintenance authority’s (local ELY Centre’s) consultation of the owner of the neighbouring property
  • a certificate of the permission to build (an urban area development land, a planning decision or other evidence)
  • site layout showing the location of the buildings/constructions on the site and their distance from the centre line of the road
  • map indicating the location of the site in relation to the road

If you supplement the application later, email the supplementary information to Enter the application’s service ID number, file number (PIRELY/xx/20xx) or the name, municipality and road number of the permit applicant in the subject field of the email.

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To whom and on what terms

For a specific reason, the ELY Centre can give the applicant permission to build on a road protection zone if it or the use of the building, construction or equipment do not pose hazards to the traffic safety or cause nuisance to the road maintenance.


Work may not be started before a positive decision. More detailed conditions are specified in the permit decision.

Processing time

Check the average processing time on the ELY Centre website. An incomplete application or missing appendices will slow down the processing of the application.

The service is provided by

ELY Centre

Other responsible organisations

ELY Centre for Häme, ELY Centre for South Savo, ELY Centre for Satakunta, ELY Centre for Uusimaa, ELY Centre for Central Finland, ELY Centre for North Savo, ELY Centre for Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Varsinais-Suomi, ELY Centre for Lapland, ELY Centre for Kainuu, ELY Centre for South Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Pirkanmaa, ELY Centre for North Ostrobothnia, ELY Centre for Southeast Finland, ELY Centre for North Karelia

Responsible for the service

ELY Centre
Text edited by: ELY Centre
Updated: 6/3/2024