New system of the building authories

From 1st of March 2020 significant changes will occur in the field of construction law concerning the structure of the competent building authorities.

Within the framework of the changes, from the above date the previously first instance building authority, namely the notaries of the municipal government (district centre), the notaries of the municipal government of Budapest districts and concerning the areas directly administered by the City Council of Budapest the chief notary of Budapest will replaced by – currently acting as second instance building authorities – the Budapest and county government offices as the general building authorities. According to the reasoning of the concerned act “the purpose of the reform is the simplification of the structure of the official authority system, the decrease of the administrative burdens, the elimination of the possible overlap and collision of competences“. From the above date, the Budapest and county government offices will – with the exceptions laid down in the concerned government decree (including among others the special types of buildings) – carry out the building authority duties.

In connection with the structural changes, from 1st of March 2020, the currently second instance building authority proceeding will change to first instance authority proceeding, in the building and construction supervisory authority proceedings, the possibility to appeal against the decision of the authority will cease to exist, only an administrative litigation procedure can be initiated against the decision of the Budapest and county government offices.