French barn conversions: Paperwork comes first

Make sure that the work is covered by a permis de construire or a déclaration préable de travaux, and that the administrative use of the barn has been changed to habitable status

Barn conversions have resulted in beautiful homes being created in buildings designed and built for a very different purpose.

Before starting the physical work, though, some paperwork is almost certainly required.

You have to make sure that the work is covered by a permis de construire or a déclaration préable de travaux, and that the administrative use of the barn has been changed to habitable status.

French administrative and tax codes usually apply one of nine different uses to buildings, with the uses being divided into habitable and non-habitable ones.

Most barns were for agricultural use, one of the non-habitable categories, and changing the coding of the building to habitable use is a key step towards getting the correct legal status ...

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