A right to inspect files exists if knowledge is required for the assertion or defense of legal interests. Parts of the file, in which there is no legal interest, are not covered by the right to inspect the file
.A legal interest exists for the building owner on a regular basis. Neighbors also have a regular right to inspect files. However, this does not apply if a neighbor has given his or her consent to a building project.
Once a building permit procedure has been completed, there is no longer any entitlement to inspect files
However, the competent lower building supervisory authority (district office, independent city, large district town, delegation municipality) can grant access to files if there is a justified interest. Such a legitimate interest may exist, for example, in the case of a potential buyer of a plot of land who wants to find out about the building permit situation.
The inspection of files must be applied for at the competent lower building supervisory authority (district office, independent city, large district town, delegation municipality). There are no formal requirements. In the application, you must state what your legitimate interest in inspecting the files is. You do not have to state the legitimate interest if this is obvious, for example in the case of the owner of the property
.You can then inspect the file in the building regulations office on presentation of your identity card and proof of ownership and, if necessary, a power of attorney from the owner. It takes place at the competent lower building supervisory authority (district office, independent city, large district city, delegation municipality) and there usually in the offices of the authority. However, it is also possible to send a copy of the building file.