The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning is a higher Federal authority responsible to the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). The Federal Office comprises a building section and the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Planning (BBSR).
A law establishing a Federal Office for Building and Spatial Planning was passed on 15 December 1997 and later amended. Under this law the BBR, which has offices in both Bonn and Berlin, is responsible for the buildings of the constitutional organs of the Federation, of the higher Federal authorities, of the Federation in Berlin and of the Federal Republic of Germany abroad, with the exception of buildings under the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Defence.
BBR also serves as the building administration for the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation), thus it is also responsible for all buildings of the Staatsbibliothek (Berlin State Library) and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin).
Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Planning (BBSR) at the BBR
The Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Planning (BBSR) at the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) was founded on 1 January 2009. It supports the BMUB and other Federal Ministries in the fields of regional planning, urban development as well as building and housing, including international cooperation in these fields. The BBSR also provides the scientific basis for political decision-making with central knowledge-based services and support for Federal authorities. It produces a steady stream of expert opinions, analyses, reports and background information.
It performs administrative and process control tasks in the fields in which the Federal Ministry is active, including representing the ministry in both national and international bodies and organisations.
In the framework of these tasks the Federal Institute compiles data and operates relevant information systems. It contracts out, accompanies and evaluates research projects for the ministry as well as carrying out its own research work. In addition, it analyses current activities, projects and discussions in the fields of research, politics and administrative practice.