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Old 25.11.2016, 11:06
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Glass pergola over a balcony -- can we do it w/out tons of permissions?

Hello,
I've seen similar threads but could not find the answer to my question. Would greatly appreciate if someone can direct me to a thread or knows the answer.
I would like to know if building pergola style glass cover for my balcony needs a building permission or not.

We live in an apartment with access to the roof terrace, but also have a balcony. We have two crazy cats that stay home all the time and are not allowed to the roof because they would exterminate all the birds there. Not allowing the cats to the roof is easy, we have to get out of the apartment to get to the roof. It is more difficult with the balcony - it is opening into the living room. Last year we tried to control the cats, but they caught a few birds nevertheless.

The balcony is quite big, about 12m2, on the second floor w/out anyone above us, so it is open to the sky. My idea is to cover the balcony with glass pergola, so we will restrict the cats, and would get usable space with "outside" feel. Perhaps we can make one wall netted to allow air in and no cats out. Just netting or putting glass on the perimeter would be an alternative, but IMHO would look ugly and certainly provide less functionality for us.

My question, apart asking the neighbors for permission (this is a PPE), do I need any other permissions for such a construction?

Thank you so much for reading my quite long explanation.

Kutuzov
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