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Building as a developer


Overall information for the developer who wants to build in Sweden.

  1. Analyse construction and housing market

    As a developer, it is important to follow how the housing market is developing. This can be done through statistics and from forecasts of future needs. It is also important to know what forms of tenure that exist and what they mean.

    Read more about analysis of the construction and housing market

  2. Land access can be through acquisition of land or through a long-term lease agreement. In addition to the cost of the land and the contract, developing a property entails a number of costs for the developer.

    Read more about development of building projects

  3. If the land is unexploited, then a detailed development plan process generally needs to be initiated. It is always only the municipality that decides if a detailed development plan shall be developed and, if so, when the work shall commence.

    Read more about the planning process

  4. There is plenty of support available for setting up a business in Sweden. is a collaboration among several Swedish government agencies, for anyone who is considering to start, already is running or developing a business.

    Read more about starting and running a business


  5. The project planning begins with design ideas that gradually become concrete as details of drawings and other construction documents are presented. As a developer, it is important that you know which laws and regulations affect the design of the building.

    Read more about project planning

  6. Building permits are usually required for new construction, extensions or other changes to an existing building. To find out if you need a building permit for the project you are planning, please contact the building committee in the municipality where the property is located.

    Read more about permits and notifications

  7. The RFQ documentation is the collection of documents that the developer gives to the contractors in a procurement. The documentation shall contain all conditions for procurement of contracts in construction projects. Administrative instructions, drawings, descriptions and bills of quantities can be included.

    Read more about RFQ documentation

  8. After the contractor has obtained the RFQ documentation, the tender count begins and is concluded with the contractor submitting a tender. After this the developer, in its capacity as the client, evaluates which contractor(s) are to be awarded the contract.

    Read more about the tendering process

  9. The production can start once the developer has obtained all permits and decisions required. During the production phase, the contractor carries out the assignments procured by the client in accordance with the contract.

    Read more about production

  10. When the building is considered to be completed it is time for final inspection, also known as the contract inspection. The content of the final inspection shall be based on the contract agreement(s).

    Read more about inspection and delivery

  11. The term of liability is ten years from the approval of the contract and begins with a warranty period, valid for five years for the contractors work. The warranty period for materials and goods is at least two years.

    Read more about the warranty period

  12. Property management involves the management and maintenance of a property and its buildings. The property owner has a number of obligations that need to be fulfilled, both towards the tenants and the wider community.

    Read more about management

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