The new regulation, the works for which the building permit is not required
The works for which a building permit is not required in the territory of Albania consist of ordinary maintenance works, updating of painting, plaster, doors, replacement of hydro-sanitation equipment or setting up of tents. In addition, some internal works do not need to obtain a building permit from the local government. Other works require being equipped with the building permit. According to the building regulation, some interventions shall be made only with preliminary statement regarding to the execution of works. Individuals who are interested can find in the table below all kinds ofworks that can be made without being equipped with permit, which are included in Article 6 of the building regulation, and those that need an initial statement, which are included in Article 7 of the building regulation. In addition, since September 1 st 2016 it is expected that applications for the building permits as well as the preliminary statement for execution of works shall be done online, in the portal "e-Albania". This has been made public by the Ministry of Urban Development, where there are described how the procedure will be applied for a building permit. The works for which the permit is not required Only ordinary maintenance interventions such as updating of the painting, plastering and coating the facades with material that have characteristics and colors similar to the existing ones can be carried out without the permit of the local authorities. In addition, cleaning of the facades, repair and replacement of windows, doors, shutters in windows, without changing the characteristics such as shape, color, design and dimensions of open and transparent parts, can be done without being equipped with the permit. In addition, partial replacement of the roof covering, repair and replacement of gutters and chimneys, repair of balconies, terraces and or protective barriers, placing of protective bars on the windows, setting of sun tents and nets against mosquitoes can be done without being equipped with the permit. Some internal works can be also done without being equipped with a building permit, such as repair and renovation of floors, repair and restoration of plastering, clothing and colors, repair and renovation of doors and windows, including double glazing, repair and replacement works of hygiene- sanitation equipment and repair of plants. Under article 6 of the building regulation the interventions in sanitation facilities, such as repair and replacement works of sanitation equipment and repair of the plant can be done without being equipped with the building permit. Other works for which the building permit is not required consist of works for removal of architectural barriers and adaptation of buildings for persons with disabilities.
The works for which a declaration is required Some other works can be carried out without being equipped with a building permit, forwhich a preliminary statement for the commencement of works must be delivered at the local authority, or in the online system "e-Albania", starting in September 2016. These works consist of: external works, such as ordinary maintenance interventions when they cause changes to characteristics, existing shapes and colors, placing of layers to increase the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Internal works, such as strengthening of internal retaining structures, opening and closing of internal doors, creation, elimination or modification of internal dividing walls (not retaining walls) of the facilities intended for hygiene services, realization of new hygiene-sanitation and heating / cooling plants, structures that are installed for instant and temporary needs, which do not have foundations and are removed in any case within a maximum time limit, of 150 days, etc.