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Estonia – Property Building and Renovation

If you’re planning to build or renovate a property in Estonia, it’s important to understand the regulations and requirements involved. Here’s what you need to know:

Planning Permission

In Estonia, planning permission is required for any construction or renovation work that affects the external appearance of a building or its intended use. The procedure is as follows:

  • Submit an application to the local municipality’s planning department
  • Wait for a decision from the municipality within 30 days
  • If the application is approved, the municipality will issue a building permit
  • Construction or renovation work can then begin

Building Regulations

Listed building status, conservation areas, and preservation orders are all regulated by Estonia’s Heritage Conservation Act. This act aims to preserve Estonia’s cultural heritage by protecting buildings and other structures of historical or cultural significance.

Finding Builders

To find reliable and trustworthy builders in Estonia, it’s best to look for those who belong to professional organizations such as:

  • Estonian Association of Construction Entrepreneurs
  • Estonian Association of Architectural and Consulting Engineering Companies
  • Estonian Association of Civil Engineers

Permits and Licenses

In addition to planning permission, there are other permits and licenses required for building and renovating properties in Estonia, including:

  • Building permit
  • Construction permit
  • Use permit

Finding an Architect

To find a local architect in Estonia, you can contact the following professional body:


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  • Estonian Association of Architects

Common Pitfalls When Buying Land

When buying land in Estonia, it’s important to ensure that:

  • The property has proper boundaries
  • The property has no restrictions on use
  • The property has access to utilities such as water, electricity, and sewage

By following these guidelines and working with qualified professionals, building or renovating a property in Estonia can be a smooth and successful process.


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