It is extremely important that before starting any work on your property that you have the required planning permission in place. We have lost count of the number of times that we have gone to a planning department for a client only to find that work they have had done previously has not got the correct permission and is therefore illegal. In many of the cases this was not accidental, it was or not that the geometra has made a small mistake or had forgotten to do something. Most of them are where the geometra hasn’t bothered to present the project to the commune or has presented the project but not had it approved and then gone ahead and completed the project with no planning at all. It is essential that you have all the documented planning permission checked before you allow any work to begin. If you are presented with this document then this is not planning permission. It is only a receipt from the commune to say that they have received details of a project, nothing more than that. If your project requires full planning permission then this document is not enough and you should always check exactly what is required to ensure your project is legal.
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