Application for reduction of a building exclusion zone
The local government may submit an application to the Environmental Board to reduce the building exclusion zone of a shore or bank. Pursuant to the Nature Conservation Act, the building exclusion zone of a shore or bank may be reduced only with the consent of the Environmental Board. Construction in the building exclusion zone is otherwise prohibited. Hence, a building exclusion zone may be reduced only under exceptional circumstances.
Submission of an application for reduction of a building exclusion zone
A building exclusion zone may be reduced on the basis of a detailed or comprehensive plan. The following materials should be submitted to the Environmental Board after the adoption of the plan:
1. a reasoned request stating the reasons for why it is necessary to make an exception to the general rule, which prohibits construction in a building exclusion zone.
2. Pursuant to the Nature Conservation Act, one of the following:
• the adopted comprehensive plan
• the adopted detailed plan containing the proposal to amend the adopted comprehensive plan
• the adopted detailed plan, in the absence of an adopted comprehensive plan
3. a copy of the decision to adopt the plan
4. the plan on the basis of which a reduction of the building exclusion zone is being applied for.
The application will be reviewed within a month at the latest. If the review should require more time, the Environmental Board will give notice and set a new deadline. The Environmental Board will assess the conformity of the reduction of the building exclusion zone with the objectives of the conservation of the shore or bank and proceed from the specific aspects required by law.
Natural resource utilisation specialists at the Environmental Board handle matters involving building exclusion zones.
The application and plan may be submitted to the Environmental Board on paper or digitally. In the latter case, the Environmental Board reserves the right to also request the drawing on paper, allowing it to confirm the correct location of water body zones and other essential features. Documents may be submitted in person at the local Environmental Board office or if in digital form, emailed. Contact information is here.