Understanding the process
Building work and applications for building work are governed by the Planning Regulations for Building Work and Highways, established by the
Ordinance no. 3.647 of 09 September 1966 concerning urban development, building and road works, amended
The following work is subject to planning permission:
- Building, excavation or demolition
- Modifications to the interior or exterior of existing buildings
You must prove ownership of the property by:
- A notarial deed declaring ownership of the building or land
- A declaration, for which stamp duty has been paid, stating that you are the owner of the building
- A declaration provided by the owner authorising you to carry out the proposed work and declaring his/her right of ownership
All plans and drawings must conform to the usual conventions.
On a scale of 1/1,000 showing the orientation of the premises, service roads, including type and names, the surroundings and, in general, any reference points that help to show the location of the land or building.
On a scale of 1/200 or larger and prepared by a surveyor. This plan must show the boundaries, dimensions and other survey data relating to the site, the names of neighbouring owners, the levels of the land in question and any public or private roads that border it. It must also show the precise layout of buildings on these roads, the exact layout and nature of the proposed buildings and any cross-sections or profile drawings necessary to show the details of the project (such as outline, height and construction index).
It must also mention detailed calculations of the various surface areas to be taken into consideration, as follows: total floor space of the property, surface area of the site to the boundary, built surface area and planted surface areas.
Detailed Plans of the Proposed Work
On a scale of 1/100 or larger, plans of the basement, ground floor, upper floors, cross-sections and elevations if it concerns a house. The plan of the ground floor must clearly show the alignment on the public highways adjacent to the building and the location of any boiler rooms and fuel stores.
On a scale of 1/200 or larger showing the contours of the land, any bordering buildings and roads and the size and outlines.
On a scale of 1/100 or larger showing the main elevations and the side elevations, seen from the public highways, of the building to be constructed or extended upwards.
The plan of the main elevation (or main elevations) must show a general view of the buildings on each side of the building in question, which must all be listed. The elevations shown must be presented so as to give an impression of their general appearance.
A Complete Plan of any Roof Terraces
A Simple Scale Model and Photomontages
Any documents giving a general impression of the layout and scale of the buildings and their setting within the environment.
You must submit an estimate detailing the proposed works. This should give all relevant information, including:
- The materials used for the elevations, guardrails and decorative work (samples, colours, models, etc.)
- A description of the structural work, proposed soundproofing, insulation and damp-proofing measures
- Mechanical equipment (lifts, hoists, etc).
- The type and quality of the surface finish of the interior of the private premises, as well as joinery, electrical equipment, bathroom and kitchen fittings, etc.
You should describe the project on a separate sheet of paper, giving full details of:
- The water, gas, electricity and telephone requirements of the proposed building
- The location of any meters and substations
- All pipework and ductwork, telecommunications, aerial lead wires and ventilation
- Full details of arrangements for connecting sewers, etc.
These service areas, arrangements for utilities, etc., must be clearly shown on the plans.
You should also give full details needed for understanding and assessing the project. In particular, this note must include detailed calculations relating to the construction index and, if relevant, the date of any previous planning permission.
To enable your project to be carried out according to plan, you should:
- Set out a schedule for the work, a cost estimate, a financing plan and contractors' guarantees (technical details and full details of the financing)
- State whether the work will affect existing utility/public services, such as telegraph and telephone wires, electric cabling, street name plates, etc.
To find out if there are any natural constraints that could affect your project:
- Request a geological survey of the land, except for work in existing buildings
- Give relevant information on the strength and stability of the building in the case of an earthquake. The rules for calculating this are set out in
- Set out details of any areas that are not built on and of any landscaped areas, including the type of planting proposed and names of species, with a supporting plan
If the works concern premises used by the public:
A safety notice set out in accordance with Article 3 of
Ministerial Decree no. 67-264 of 17 October 1967 pertaining to protection against fire and panic hazards in establishments which receive the public
If the works concern a high building:
A safety notice set out in accordance with Article 10 of
Applications for planning permission (for which stamp duty is payable) should state your full name and address and proof of your occupation.
The application and supporting documents must conform to the following rules:
- Documents must be in A4 format, folded into a pocket file, dated, numbered and signed by the applicant, the owner and an architect authorised to practice in the Principality
- Each document must have an explicit title and must show the location
- The documents must be accompanied by a signed and dated slip
- All documents must be presented and submitted in duplicate
You should send the file to the Department of Forward Studies, Urban Planning and Mobility.
The applications regarding development works of the existing buildings or modifications to an already-authorised and being constructed project must mention precisely :
- the works or modifications
- the cancelled parts (in yellow)
- the remaining parts (in black or grey)
- the new parts (in red)
The documents required are those necessary for the perfect understanding of the project.