suomi.fi
Go directly to contents.
Responsible for the service City of Vaasa

Planning requirement decision or deviation decision

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Vaasa
  • Public service

In Vaasa, all land areas not covered by a detail plan are, in accordance with the land use- and building’s act 16 §, determined to be areas in need of planning. Exception to this, however, is Vähäkyrö, where land areas in need of planning are designated in a themed map in the building ordinance. Outbuildings and smaller extensions generally do not require a decision regarding necessity of planning if there is an already existing main building on the building site.

The decision regarding necessity of planning is taken by the director of the city planning department. An affirmative decision is valid for two years’ time, during which building permit should be applied for or the decision is void. In which case the decision is to be disputed, an appeal can be directed to the Vaasa City Council’s board of planning.

We recommend you to contact the Vasa city planning department before applying.

Do the following

Application for decision regarding necessity of planning is handed in to the Vasa city planning department. The neighbors of the building site should be notified about the application. The neighbor consultation can be carried out by the city of Vaasa, if needed, at a cost of 60€/neighbor, levied on the applicant.

To whom and on what terms

If the entrepreneur has established itself in another country in the European Economic Area and temporarily offers services in Finland, the same permits are required as from entrepreneurs established in Finland.

Prerequisites for granting of a decision regarding necessity of planning are, in accordance with the land use – and building’s act 137 §, that construction may not cause inconvenience in regards to the planning procedures or other regulating of land use and that it does not lead to adverse societal development. Construction must be suitable with regards to the landscape and must not hinder preservation of special natural- or cultural values or recreational needs. Furthermore, building in an area in need of planning must not lead to construction having substantial consequences and must not cause significant, harmful environmental consequences or other significant or harmful consequences.

The Vaasa city council’s board of planning has approved guidelines regarding principles of dimensioning, of which the goal is to promote detail planning in favor of spread out building as well as equal treatment of land owners. These principles also outline the amount of construction that can be permitted in various areas.

A fee is charged for the service.

Processing of decision regarding necessity of planning costs 345€ and the decision itself 159€, totaling 495€.


Period of validity

An affirmative decision is valid for two years’ time, during which building permit should be applied for or the decision is void.

Background information

In certain situations, applying for a building permit may first require a planning requirement decision or a deviation decision.

The builder must have a valid planning requirement decision if they are applying for a building permit in an area requiring planning. The application for a planning requirement decision must be submitted to an authority designated by the municipality before applying for the building permit.

The municipality will determine whether the site in question is located in an area requiring planning. An area requiring planning is an area that is not covered by the municipality’s local detailed plan but where there may be a need to take measures such as constructing roads, water pipes or sewers.

The planning requirement decision will be in effect for the period stated in the decision (a maximum of two years). An application for the building permit must be submitted during this period.

If the builder wants to deviate from the local detailed plan or other provisions, regulations, prohibitions or restrictions that are in accordance with the Land Use and Building Act or that have been issued under it (such as the building code), they must obtain a deviation decision before being granted the building permit. The municipality may grant the deviation under certain conditions.

There must always be a particular reason for deviations. The deviation may not interfere with other uses of the area, for example, or cause damage to nature.

The deviation decision will be in effect for the period stated in the decision, which is two years at most.

Basic information

The service is provided byCity of Vaasa
Responsible for the serviceCity of Vaasa
Area Vaasa
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: City of Vaasa
Updated: 6/2/2021