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Is a Swimming Pool an Extension of a House?

Planning rules in France about the right of homeowners to build a swimming pool on their property are not infrequently unclear.

Building & Renovation Monday 05 September 2016

Insulation Requirements on Property Renovation

Substantial new roof and wall insulation requirements have been imposed on building renovation projects, although with a number of important deroga...

Building & Renovation Wednesday 03 August 2016

Emptying Your Septic Tank

What is the regulatory framework governing emptying and maintenance of your septic tank in France?

Building & Renovation Tuesday 05 July 2016

Swimming Pool Defects and Ten Year Guarantee

A French court has declared void a contract that sought to limit the 10-year defects liability of the builder in the construction of a swimming pool.

Building & Renovation Tuesday 03 May 2016

Residential Property and Farm Buildings

Whilst administrative controls exist on the proximity of farm livestock buildings to residential property, the buildings can be uncomfortably close.

Building & Renovation Tuesday 05 April 2016

Financial Assistance for Home Energy Conservation

There are changes this year to the system of tax credits and other forms of financial assistance for energy conservation works to the main home.

Building & Renovation Tuesday 05 April 2016

Transparency on Ten Year Building Guarantee

The French government have issued a standard form of ten year building guarantee declaration that must now be used by all building professionals.

Building & Renovation Thursday 03 March 2016

Planning Permission Minimum Three Years

The duration of the validity of a planning consent has been increased from two to three years, with an option to increase to five years.

Building & Renovation Wednesday 03 February 2016

Planning Permission and Easements

Planning permission in France is always granted subject to the private property rights of others.

Building & Renovation Wednesday 06 January 2016

Building Construction Costs in France 2014

The cost of constructing a new property in France in 2014 averaged €1,310m², up by around 5.0% on that for 2013 (€1,244m²).

Building & Renovation Thursday 03 December 2015

Architects and Planning Applications in France

An architect has a legal obligation to submit a planning application that complies with planning regulations, a French court has ruled.

Building & Renovation Wednesday 04 November 2015

New Controls on Ten Year Building Guarantee

Builders in France are now required to provide more information to their clients about their ten year building guarantee insurance cover.

Building & Renovation Friday 02 October 2015
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