Planning application procedures have been tightened, with a requirement for an energy study of proposed new buildings with a surface area of over 50m².
How to go about dividing up land on your property and obtaining planning permission to create a building plot.
Planning appeal procedures have been tightened up in order to speed up the construction of new housing.
The planning procedures that apply for loft conversions depend upon the nature of the works, and sometimes where you live and the type of property you occupy.
Only those activities declared by a builder to his insurer are covered by the ten year building warranty, a French court has ruled.
Substantial new home energy efficiency requirements have been introduced for new construction work, including house extensions.
A listed 18th Century chateau near Bordeaux has been demolished by its new owner ‘in error’.
Buying a French property is often the start of many a new experience, writes Catharine Higginson.
National planning regulations in France mean that you cannot assume you will be able to construct a pool or a garage on your property.
We all know about ‘cowboy builders’ in France, but are the victims of these incidents sometimes the unwitting accessories of their own misfortune?
The French are not accustomed to commissioning a property survey, but international buyers do have a choice, says John Marshall.
Some important changes have been introduced to the planning system in France, so we have taken the opportunity to update our comprehensive guide.
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