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Old 04.01.2015, 15:07
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Planning permission summary

Hi - does anyone know of a summary of planning permission rules, ideally SG but generic would be fine (i.e. not the full legal version I've found on the cantonal website which is far too complex).


We're buying a house and want to put up a lean-to bike store - I hope this sort of thing doesn't need permission, like a garden shed, but just in case it's best to know.


There's plenty of space down the side of the house, and a large hedge to block views of it from the neighbours, and of course we'll ask them first.


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Re: Planning permission summary

Whatever the cantonal rules say, the town you live in (and in some cases even the Quartier within the town) will impose additional rules, which means that any kind of one-size-fits-all summary is going to lead you astray more than it helps you.

Your best bet is to go down to the local Bauamt and ask some preliminary questions. How high can a shed be before it needs a building permit? How far from the edge of the property must it be? Does it matter whether it's freestanding or attached to the house?

Be as noncommittal and vague as you were here: you don't want to give the impression that you've already made up your mind exactly what/how to build. Swiss civil servants love to be appealed to for advice, so do that.
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Old 04.01.2015, 16:31
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Re: Planning permission summary

You do need to look in the main rules for your Canton I am afraid as this is where chapter and verse on what buildings require what permissions are included.

You should also try your Gemeinde website as some of these permissions are administered on a local level - particularly the minor applications - which hopefully is what your plans come under.

What you are looking for is Baugesuch (excuse the spelling - long time since I had to do this in German) and in particular whether there are rules for a Kleinbaugesuch. In our current town and in our previous village, the Kleinbaugesuch was administered by the Gemeinde. If you are really unable go understand/figure out the rules from the texts, ring up the Gemeinde office tomorrow and usually someone from the Baugesuch committee/department (if your Gemeinde is that big) will be able to speak to you on the phone about it. Usually size requirements are very clear and it will be very clear if you need to seek consent. They will also come out to the house to look at your plans and help guide you if anything is unclear.

If you are really lucky you won't need consent at all. Last summer we put up a garden fence at 6 feet high and technically all fences over 1.5m need planning consent. Someone from the town planning office came round and said just get the neighbour to write their formal consent to the fence going up and send it in and they will file it with your original consent for the house to be built (granted the previous year) so they do seem (at least here) to take quite a pragmatic view of things. But in this town, most garden sheds and other small garden buildings generally need consent unless they are really tiny (our son's wooden playhouse did not need consent but the garden shed did).
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Hi - does anyone know of a summary of planning permission rules, ideally SG but generic would be fine (i.e. not the full legal version I've found on the cantonal website which is far too complex).


We're buying a house and want to put up a lean-to bike store - I hope this sort of thing doesn't need permission, like a garden shed, but just in case it's best to know.


There's plenty of space down the side of the house, and a large hedge to block views of it from the neighbours, and of course we'll ask them first.


Thanks.
Some of these bike storage units do not need a permit. It often depends on how high they are. Do you have a specific design in mind and do you have a firm who will install it? Sometimes the firm can check to see if you need the permit. If you are doing this on your own, take a picture with dimensions to the gemeinde and ask. It also helps to have a lot plan and the details of where you plan to put this.

If you don't ask and just go ahead two things will happen.

1. nothing. No one will notice or care.
2. someone may notice and ask the authorities about it. Then you can expect a visit to check it out. If no permit or permission was needed that will be the end of it. If this was required, you will have to submit everything after the fact and a fee will be involved.

If you are installing the bike storage yourself I would suggest you familiarize yourself with the "bauordnung" and if in doubt visit the gemeinde. If a company will be supplying and installing it, you could ask them but keep in mind that ultimately you are responsible for this object.

It is similar to putting in a fence. The fence company will do as told. It is up to the owner to make sure they stick to the rules.
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Re: Planning permission summary

I would suggest paying a visit to the local authority with a good description of what you're trying to do. Where I live, it's allowed to put up sheds with a surface area of 6 m2 without a full building application, but the authority did want a "sketch", a copy of the brochure with the product, and a signed letter from the only neighbour possibly concerned by the shed.
However, as others have said, this varies from one village to the next.
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