Favourable provisions for builders due to pandemic

At the end of December 2020, several new regulations have been accepted to facilitate constructions due to the state of emergency.

As a result, the Hungarian Government has extended the application of simple notification to the construction activities of a residential building included maximum six flats, but having a total net floor space of maximum 1,000 sqm. In addition, a natural person client may carry out the construction activities of a new residential building or the extension of an existing residential building on the basis of simple notification for the purpose of his/her own housing without limitation of the floor space. The above provisions are in effect only until 8 February 2021.

Based on an earlier ministerial decree on the determination of the energetic characteristics of the buildings, in case of a construction of a new building receiving its occupancy permit following 31 December 2020, all such building must comply with the detailed requirements of the nearly zero-energy buildings. However, on the basis of the amendment of the decree, if the construction of the building has not nearly zero or better energy on the basis of a recent architectural-technical documentation and receives its occupancy permit following 31 December 2020, the building must comply with the detailed requirements of the nearly zero-energy buildings mentioned above only in case of the occupancy after 30 July 2021.