Did you know that there are two type of construction law in Germany?
We generally talk about public and private construction law.
- Public construction law includes all regulations on the permissibility of building structures. The state has effective power of enforcing the regulations, through for instance: orders/permits or official administrative acts.
The decision-making authority responsible for this is the respective administrative court. Special legal foundations of public building law are: the Construction Code (BauGB), Land building regulations, Regional Planning Act, or other ordinances such as the environmental protection laws.
- Private construction law, on the other hand, regulates the relationships between the parties involved in the planning and construction of a building. It is not specifically codified, but is based on the principles of the German Civil Code (BGB), the German Construction Contract Procedures (VOB) or the German Fee Structure for Architects and Engineers (HOAI).
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