Contesting a planning application in France

Anyone can contest a planning application – permis de construire – as long as they can show they have good reason to do so.

This rules out contesting on the grounds that the building works will be a nuisance.

It must be solely on the grounds that the resulting project will directly affect the conditions, use or enjoyment of your property.

This could include blocking out the sun or the view, though these kinds of cases are often very difficult to fight.

Alternatively, it may be possible to show that the plan contravenes local regulations.

You can consult the details of the planning application you are contesting by asking at your local mairie.

For example, in Salignac-Eyvigues, a small town in Dordogne, old roofs in slate or lauze stone must be replaced with the same material, and the choice ...

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