We have decided we are definitely taking down the garage so this means that I have apply for planning permission to demolish it. I am not looking forward to this, but it has to be done,
I make an appointment at the Mairie and visit the planning officer, I take plenty of photographs with me to show him what it looks like and explain what we want to do, the planning officer would be happy if we took it down tomorrow, he is a big advocate of traditional buildings, but he cannot give the permission we have to apply to central agency.
It is a myth that the French Mairie is in charge of everything, because we live in a national park all changes have to go through a full planning process and be agreed. Even when you want to take down a monstrosity and expose a traditional Breton house!
But he is really good and tells me what to write.
The process for applying for permission for building or demolishing is as follows:
- Take a photograph of what
building looks like now
- Using tracing paper, draw over
the photograph, to show what it will look like when you have made
- Complete the forms, these are
often quite extensive, do not be put off, they are standard forms so
you will not need to fill in every section, (ask at the Mairie and
somebody should be willing to go through them with you, my planning
officer highlighted each section that required completing)
- You will need a copy of your
cadastral (if you cannot get this yourself, again ask for assistance
from the Mairie)
- You will need four copies of
everything. Staple the tracing drawing to the photograph, this means
that the officer can see what it is like now and what it will look
like when completed. Then put all the papers in separate pockets.
- When complete ask the planning
officer to check through them.
- Ensure you get a stamped copy of
your permis de demolis (this is the one we need for demolition) you
will also need a copy for any planning permissions. This is your
proof that you have applied and the dossier has been sent off
(sometimes things do go missing in the system!)
Keep your fingers crossed for us