It will be easier to grant temporary building permits for housing

Published: 5 April 2017 at 16.44

In order to address the housing shortage in Sweden, the rules for granting temporary building permits are going to be simplified. The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal.

The need for new housing is great in many municipalities. At present, the need must be temporary for a temporary building permit to be granted. With the new rules, however, the assessment will be based on whether or not the site for construction can be restored to its previous state afterwards. The amendments mean that municipalities will also be able to make more efficient use of their land. A temporary building permit can be granted for at most 15 years.

The aim of the Government's proposal is to enable temporary housing to be built in times when it is greatly needed. However, the point of departure is still that the housing shortage should be addressed in the long term by means of permanent housing. The new provision will come into force on 1 May 2017 and will apply until 1 May 2023.