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Old 05.09.2019, 23:12
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Re: Questions to ask if buying a chalet to renovate

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Plus the law I just posted states that permission is not required for solar panels (but you do need to let them know, and cannot ignore the requirements for angles and suitability of roof composition etc.)
This is indeed true, but there is a 'but':

I live in a Quartier with a Gestaltungsplan that strictly governs the exterior of our houses - including the roofing materials.

The Gestaltungsplan was written in the 80s, before the advent of solar panels. According to the wording of the plan, anything other than terracotta tiles is forbidden. Which is in contradiction to the new law on solar panels.

The Gestaltungsplan would have to be challenged using the new law - but that has not been done yet. A challenge will be costly, so I suspect those interested are all watching and waiting for someone else to be the first at bat.

So... if your house is part of a Quartier, make sure you understand the bylaws.

But if neighbors have solar, chances are you have no worries there.
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Old 06.09.2019, 00:02
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Anyone have some French and Italian terms to toss in here? meloncollie's posts are fantastic, and it would be even better if we could have the important terms in the other two official languages to help those who might want to buy in Romandie or Ticino.
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I can't help with the French or Italian, but here are the English equivalents from my post, more or less.

Hochmoorgebiet - high altitude bog, marsh, wet lands
Ausserbauzone - outside the development/residential building zone
Bauamt - building department or authority
Forst - forest
Landwirtschaftzone - agricultural zone
BGBB - Bundesgesetz über das bäuerliche Bodenrecht - Federal law on agricultural land
Wassergebiet - water zones. Could be an area with a creek, river, lake running through or bordering on the property.
Bergzone - mountain zone
Auf dem Land - in the boondocks
Kachelofen - old fashioned tiled stove, usually wood burning.
Gefahrenzone - danger zone
Gestaltungsplan - community design plan
Bauleiter - construction manager

(Funny how when a subject belongs largely to your life here, the more technical terms that you naturally use are in the language in which you 'lived' that subject - even when speaking something else.)
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Old 06.09.2019, 03:29
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Re: Questions to ask if buying a chalet to renovate

I just found the following publication on the laws regarding construction in agricultural areas that may be of interest (in French):

https://www.zo2.ch/wp-content/upload...st_general.pdf

It is for Vaud, but the law is a federal one, so should be relevant across Switzerland.
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Re: Questions to ask if buying a chalet to renovate

Is it possible to connect a remote property to the local sewage system?
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Civil engineering says: yes. And, in most cases, it's even mandatory.
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So we are looking at connecting a farmhouse to the local sewage system and budgeting for about 30k. Does this seem a realistic figure? The price seems to depend on the number of people living potentially in the property.
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You can't expect any valuable assessment here IMO, it's far from a DIY matter. To get an idea, I would ask/hire construction companies for an estimate. Then IMO there will be need for a planning order at least, specially to clarify the legal aspects. Based on which you can ask again for -in terms of costs- more detailed offers by construction companies.
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