Basically, you need a building permit for all construction projects in Germany. For smaller construction projects such as patio roofs up to a certain size, however, the legislator has created numerous simplifications so that these can also be implemented without a building permit. Can you use your own garden longer in autumn? There creates one louvered roof Remedy. This guide gives you valuable tips to ensure that your planned patio roof is a complete success.
The following information was compiled from the respective building regulations of the federal states (as of February 2021) and serves as initial information.
In Germany there are different regulations in each federal state regarding building permits and building supervision. Depending on the specific construction project, a building permit is required and a building application must be submitted to the respective municipality. In most federal states, patio roofs are classified as process-free projects up to a certain area and depth. This is regulated in the respective building code of the country. Despite the simplified procedure, the respective regulations such as the development plan, distance rules, monument protection regulations or other regulations must be observed. Clarify your building project in advance with the responsible municipality. If in doubt, they can tell you whether and which permits are required to be able to build your patio roof.
It is essential that you obtain information from your responsible municipality before starting construction
Building application forms can be found on the websites of the respective federal states. You can find links to these further down in this guide. In addition to the application are
Before starting construction, find out more from your responsible municipality and ask what documents are required for your construction project. If the new roof is planned as part of a new building or conversion, a building permit is required anyway. For the subsequent construction of a patio roof, you will find the specifications below, which are considered process-free projects.
In most federal states, the construction of a terrace roof is process-free up to a certain size. In addition, a building permit must be submitted to the responsible authority in any case. Below you will find an overview with the respective state building regulations and the responsible contact persons for each federal state. Non-contractual procedures also mean that the client must check on his own responsibility whether the planned construction project can be implemented. Ask your competent authority and inform them in advance, this creates clarity:
In Bavaria, a simplified procedure is possible for patio roofs up to 30 m² and a depth of up to 3 m. This means that you can carry out the construction project in compliance with the applicable legal provisions. You should clarify which special regulations apply with your municipality before starting construction.
Here, too, a terrace canopy with an area of up to 30 m² and a depth of up to 4,5 m is generally a project that does not require approval.
In the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, indoor patio roofs with a floor area of up to 30 square meters count as process-free construction projects.
Roofing of ground-floor terraces in buildings in building classes 1 to 3 are considered to be construction projects that do not require a procedure.
In the federal state of Lower Saxony, patio roofs with a floor area of no more than 30 m² are intended as process-free construction measures. Before you begin, ask your local building control authority:
In Schleswig-Holstein, patio roofs count as process-free construction projects if they are ground-level roofs with an area of up to 30 m² and a depth of up to 3 m.
Terrace roofs with an area of up to 30 m² and a depth of up to 3 m are also considered process-free construction projects in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Terrace roofs of up to 50 m³ are possible in Rhineland-Palatinate without an extra building permit. Ask the responsible office for your planned patio roof.
In Saxony-Anhalt, patio roofs with an area of up to 30 m² and a depth of up to 3 m are considered process-free construction projects.
Terrace roofs with an area of up to 30 m² and a depth of up to 3 m are considered process-free construction projects in Berlin. Find out more about your planned patio roof from the responsible authority before construction begins:
In Hamburg, roofing of terraces with an area of up to 30 m² and a depth of up to 3,0 m in front of the ground floor as well as subordinate roofing such as the roofing of house entrances are considered projects that do not require a procedure.