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Old 27.06.2007, 14:09
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Anybody been through the "enquete" / planning permission process?

We've bought a house by Lac Leman, but can't complete until we get (1) residency permits soorted out - permis B, seems to be progressing smoothly; and (2) get the necessary permissions to do quite a lot of work to the house - the permis de construire.

Our architect has been brilliant and has handled the whole process of negotiating with the commune, but we're just getting to the stage of the commune publishing the application and I've heard (mainly vicarious) horror stories of applications that have been held up for years because someone with an ax to grind but no connection with the property decided to make some trouble.

Can anyone give me any real life experiences of dealing with the Swiss planning process, and hopefully set my mind at rest? I really want to move into my house as quickly as possible!
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Old 27.06.2007, 15:01
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Re: Anybody been through the "enquete" / planning permission process?

I really would not take too much notice of the stories you’ve been told.
The commune will have certain rules which your architect would be aware of. For, example, there may be rules about dormer windows or a limit on how big a house can be in relation to the plot.
The application will be published in the local paper and then there is, usually, a month in which any objections can be made. The commune will then make a decision. I suppose, in theory, that someone could challenge the decision in court but I’ve never heard of this.
I build a house here 18 years ago and it all went very smoothly indeed. I was also told horror stories, usually by expats who had no idea of what they were talking about !
Now, when I tried to build a house in the UK, that was a horror story…….!

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Old 27.06.2007, 15:07
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Re: Anybody been through the "enquete" / planning permission process?

Thanks for the response.

I've already done the UK process several times and have never had a good experience. Everything I've seen so far in Switzerland has been - well - very Swiss.

We've already had a few discussions with the commune on their bugbears - in their case flat roof, use of basement etc.
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