Legislation and regulations on construction are intended to ensure that structures are safe and do not present a threat to human life or health, or to property and the environment. It is also important to ensure the durability and cost-efficiency of structures, including their suitability to Icelandic conditions. Sustainable development must also be a guiding concern in design and construction, universal accessibility needs to be ensured and emphasis placed on energy efficiency in building operation.
Icelandic Acts and Regulations also contain provisions on fire prevention in buildings, fire inspection and flammability of construction materials, and licensing of service providers. Active fire departments are mandatory throughout Iceland.
The Iceland Construction Authority bears overarching responsibility for construction and fire prevention matters in Iceland, while supervision of construction is primarily in the hands of local authorities.
Iceland Construction Authority