Police to use Google Maps to prove unauthorised building

French police can now use Google Maps to prove unauthorised building. Pictured: police in Paris, France.
French police can now use Google Maps to prove unauthorised building. Pictured: police in Paris, France.

The use of satellite images to prove planning abuses is now allowed.

The new evidence resource

Police have been told they can use images from third parties such as Google Maps to prove planning rule breaches. The Interior Ministry ruling comes after communes were barred from using drone images as evidence of unauthorised building as they broke a general principle in French law of the respect for private life.

Mairies had wanted to use drone images to show if swimming pools and other buildings ...

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