Construction & Planning

Are you building and remodeling? Is there any planned construction close to you? Here you will find everything imaginable related to planning, construction, and maintenance in Reykjavik.

Building matters

The Building Commissioner's Office oversees building matters and construction in Reykjavík. This includes issuing building permits for constructing, altering, or demolishing structures.


Skipulag fjallar um fyrirkomulag byggðar og mótun umhverfis. Í skipulagi er ákveðið hvernig landi er ráðstafað, til dæmis fyrir íbúðarbyggð eða verslun. Þar eru líka teknar ákvarðanir um fyrirkomulag gatna og lóða og settar reglur um hönnun einstakra bygginga eins og um hæðafjölda og fjölda íbúða. Almenningur getur komið að vinnu við gerð skipulagsáætlana í gegnum íbúafundi eða annað samráð.

Maps and blueprints

The City Viewer is a dynamic and interactive land information system where you can access detailed information about the municipal land and services in the city. The Blueprint Archive has high-resolution site plans of the city's buildings.

Street and Square Vendors

Street vending refers to sales activities in public, such as on squares, streets, sidewalks, and parks.

Building Preservation

Old houses need to be treated with respect and maintenance and renovation must be done correctly. Certain structures have a preservation value for artistic or cultural-historical reasons.

Property rates

Property rates are levied annually on all real estate property, unless exempt by law, and the current owner is always responsible for their payment. Real estate property is considered to be a restricted part of land, together with its organic and inorganic parts, the rights attached thereto, and the structures permanently attached to the land.


The City of Reykjavik's main objective in housing is the creation of a diversified and flexible housing market that guarantees an affordable roof for all, regardless of whether people need support with their housing or not.

Development Viewer

The map shows all the main construction activities in Reykjavik and the permits that have been issued for the use of City land. By selecting a field on the map, you will get a more detailed description of the work and, in many cases, also a reference to an information page.