National procedural frameworks

Building Act

Building Act /Gradbeni Zakon (herein GZ) National Gazzete of Republic of Slovenia (Nr. 61/17; 02.11.2017)
Uradni list RS (št. 61/17; 02.11.2017)
Summary The Building Act regulates the conditions for the construction of facilities and other issues related to the construction of facilities.
The purpose of this Act is the protection of the public interest in the construction of facilities.
The term public interest includes safety of buildings, respect for the principle of equal opportunities, environmental protection, nature conservation, water protection, protection of cultural heritage, promotion of sustainable construction, compliance of the placement of buildings in the area, architecture as an expression of culture, monitoring, usability, efficiency, quality of facilities and their compliance with the environment through the entire life cycle.
The purpose of this Act is realized through design, authorization, construction, use, maintenance and inspection phases of the construction process.
The competent authorities in the construction of facilities and all participants in the construction of facilities are obliged to ensure that the requirements referred to in the Building Act are fulfilled within the limits of the rights and obligations laid down by the regulations.
Main provisions

Part 1:
Chapter II: Conditions for initiating construction and commissioning processes
Chapter III: Provisions on jurisdiction of the decision-making bodies in construction authorization procedures
Chapter V: Provisions for the participants in the construction of buildings: general requirements for participants in the construction of buildings; and specific requirements for each participant/stakeholder group – investors, project manager, supervisor, contractor)

Part 2:

Principal and other conditions for buildings (Article 15-28)

  • Structural
  • Fire safety
  • Health, safety and environment
  • Safety of use
  • Noise protection
  • Energy efficiency
  • Universality
  • Sustainability

Part 3:
 Project development 
Provisions for: Project documentation and Processes for obtaining project conditions.
Project documentation needs to be developed in accordance with corresponding regulations of professions involved in project documentation development (architectural, engineering, project management, inspection, landscape architecture, mechanical, technical etc.). Documentation needs to be developed in Slovenian language. 
These regulations are mentioned in section 3 below. 

Part 4:
 Building permit request 
Chapter I: Information on conditions for construction process and pre-construction permit.
Chapter II: Provisions for the process and conditions for issuing a building permit.
Chapter III: Provisions for shortened building-permit issuing process.
Chapter IV: Provision for integrated issuing process for building permit and environmental impact assessment for projects with environmental impact. (Articles 50-59).

Part 5: Construction implementation provisions (project plan for construction implementation, construction supervisor appointment, registration of the start of construction, etc.)
A competent supervisor needs to continuously follow the construction process and terminate it in case of non-compliance with the project plan.

Part 6:
 Provisions for obtaining a building operating permit (process, technical assessment, trial operation)

Part 7:
 Provisions for inspection process, measures, execution of inspection measures and sanctions when failing to meet inspection requirements 

Part 8:
 Penalty measures for not meeting given legislative standards and provisions 

Part 9:
 Provisions for transitional and final decisions on legislative procedures previously governing construction activities 

Information important for WH utilization process 
(specific information to permissions and documents)

Table:Procedures and permits required under national building Act for project implementation, relevant for waste heat projects

Link: Building Act: Gradbeni zakon (GZ)

Spatial Act

Spatial Act / Zakon o urejanju prostora (ZUreP-2) National Gazzete of Republic od Slovenia (Nr. 61/17; 02.11.2017)
Uradni list RS (št. 61/17; 02.11.2017)
Summary This legislation defines goals and principles and determines the regulations and rules on spatial planning and management.
It defines spatial management measures, instruments and measures of spatial politics, and administers the working of spatial information system and issuing of certificates in the field of spatial planning.
Main provisions

The purpose of Slovenian Spatial Act is to regulate and direct spatial planning to achieve sustainable spatial development with a balanced management of social, environmental and economic factors.
The Act’s provisions are aimed at: 

  • Spatial protection as a natural resource
  • Development and delivery of spatial acts
  • Enabling quality living and healthy environment
  • Universal access to public infrastructure
  • Enabling polycentric development system of settlements
  • Enabling urban development of cities and citywide areas
  • Preserving and creating recognisable spatial features
  • Creating and preserving diversity, quality and recognition of areas
  • Providing for sustainable land use for current and generations to come
  • Contributing to climate change adaptation
  • Creating conditions for reduction and prevention of natural disasters
  • Contributing to the national protection 
Information important for WH utilization process 
(specific information to permissions and documents)
Spatial Act defines spatial regulations, which in turn define the conditions of land’s purpose and use. Waste heat projects will likely need to obtain land for construction of waste heat utilisation premises. The construction of a building (complex or simple) will need to be in accordance with conditions determined under spatial acts for the specific piece of land considered to be used for the project.
ZUreP-2 is the legal basis for spatial planning. This includes national, regional and municipal spatial plans. These spatial plans contain information about land use conditions, including whether construction is permitted at a given location and whether any special conditions apply (protected area for nature, water etc.; protection corridors for road, power grids, gas infrastructure etc.).
This information is key to establishing whether given location is suitable for waste heat project implementation.
Usually the information required for projects will be obtained from local authorities, based on Municipal spatial Plan or Detailed Municipal Spatial Plan. With projects of national significance, the National Spatial Plan will apply.
Link: Spatial Act: Zakon o urejanju prostora (ZUreP-2)

Architectural and engineering profession Act

Architectural and engineering profession Act (ZAID) National Gazzete of Republic od Slovenia (Nr. 61/17; 02.11.2017)
Uradni list RS (št. 61/17; 02.11.2017)
Summary This Act defines conditions for the performance of professional tasks related to architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, and spatial planning. 
The professionals need to be registered with the Chamber of Architecture and Space (ZAPS) and/or Chamber of Engineering of Slovenia (IZS) to gain professional authorization for respective project work.
Main provisions The architectural and engineering profession Act regulates and authorizes 4 key architectural and engineering professions: architects, engineers, spatial planner and landscape architects. 
Authorized professionals are members of the Architectural and Engineering chamber respectively and are listed on the respective Chamber’s list of professionals.
The Act recognizes the competence of authorized professionals and protects it. The Act also contains provisions on duties and responsibilities of listed professions that authorized professionals need to achieve prior to and during their work. 
Information important for WH utilization process 
(specific information to permissions and documents)

Based on the provisions of the Slovenian Building Act, there is a requirement that demanding and less-demanding construction projects need to engage authorised professionals for the development and delivery of building project documentation. This at a minimum includes an authorised architect and authorised engineer, with further professional support as needed depending on the type of the project.
Furthermore, relating to Chapter V. of GZ the lead project manager and official project supervisor need to comply with conditions stated in ZAID.

Link: Architectural and engineering profession Act (ZAID)

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