About central approval

The rules for central approval in the Building Application Regulations are the same for Norwegian and foreign companies. The rules are neutral in relation to nationality.

Sist endret 03.02.2016
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Central approval is a quality scheme which documents the company's professionalism and expertise. Foreign companies can achieve central approval on the same terms as Norwegian companies. The purpose of the regulations is to ensure that buildings of good quality are constructed.

Read the regulations

It is important that you know which requirements your company must fulfil and which information we require to process your application for central approval of the right to accept responsibility. You can find this information in the Building Application Regulations (SAK10) and in further detail in the Guidelines to the Building Application Regulations SAK10 (in Norwegian language only).

Registration requirements

Central approval of the right to accept responsibility is in principle given to companies, including agencies and other public organs, cf. Section 9-2 of SAK10. Companies that apply for central approval must be pre-registered in the Register of Business Enterprises or the Central Coordinating Register.

Qualification requirements

There are requirements of relevant qualifications, fulfilment of professionalism requirements (paid taxes, VAT and employer taxes), company organisation, knowledge of planning and building legislation, and written quality assurance routines, cf. SAK10, Chapters 9-11.

Professional qualifications

The company must have a professional management with relevant qualifications, which match the approval area for which the company is applying. The qualification requirements must ensure that companies, which undertake the right to accept responsibility in building cases, hold and use sufficient and relevant qualifications to undertake tasks in accordance with the Planning and Building Act.

See Guidelines for the Building Application Regulations (SAK10) Chapter. 11 for further details of the qualification requirements. 

Foreign educational qualifications rank equally with equivalent Norwegian educational qualifications. Documentation of educational qualifications must be submitted with a certified translation into Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, stating the subjects covered and duration of the education. Practice from building and construction work abroad will rank equally with equivalent projects in Norway.

On applying for central approval, the company must present its organisation structure, how the work is organised, and the qualifications used.

Quality assurance procedures

The company must have quality assurance procedures for the fulfilment of planning and building legislation. The procedures must be incorporated, adapted to the individual company and be no more extensive than necessary. 

See Guidelines for the Building Application Regulations (SAK10) Chapter 10 for further details of the requirements concerning quality assurance routines.

The purpose of the regulations requires the company to be able to communicate in a Scandinavian language, including submission of documentation. In conjunction with inspections, the company's procedures must be available in a Scandinavian language.

Payment of taxes and duties

A company may not have outstanding unpaid taxes, advance tax deductions, employer taxes or VAT. You must document this with a certificate for taxes and VAT (RF-1316) from Skatteetaten (the Norwegian tax authorities). You can order this certificate via the application webpage for central approval.

Requirements of the application

An application for central approval of the right to accept responsibility must be completed in a Scandinavian language: Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, cf.  SAK 10, Section 5-1.

Use of foreign companies as subcontractor and subsupplier

The quality requirements also apply to foreign companies. Companies with the right to accept responsibility will be responsible for all tasks within their own area of responsibility. This responsibility also applies to work performed by subcontractors. Subcontractors are companies that are subject to another company's right to accept responsibility. 

The company with the right to accept responsibility is responsible for infringements of planning and building legislation, irrespective of whether the infringements are due to the company or subcontractor. Companies which use subcontractors, subsuppliers or advisers under their own right to accept responsibility, must have procedures for the management and assessment of these entities.

Use of foreign skilled workers

The Planning and Building Act is no barrier to companies' freedom to use foreign workers in the way that they find appropriate. The quality requirements apply to the company's professional management. The company's overall professional expertise must fulfil the statutory requirements, from the initiation to the completion of measures, and the company itself is responsible for using the right competences for the individual tasks.

Concerning consulting services

Several firms of consultants offer assistance with applications for central approval. Please note that these companies operate independently and have no connection to the Norwegian Building Authority.

It is generally an advantage that the companies themselves understand the conditions for the areas of responsibility for which they are applying for approval. The company is responsible for including correct information in the application.