The time that planning permission is considered to be valid in France has increased from two years to three, with an option to increase to five. Until this year, planning consent granted for a construction or renovation project in France was allowed a maximum period of two years to start construction works. This ruling has since altered after the French government decreed that the duration of validity be increased by another year, with the right to renew for two successive years, one year at a time. The change in law applies to both planning consents ( permis de construire) and for the lesser works declarations (déclaration
préalable). It also applies to demolition permits, in the more limited circumstances where these are required. However, if an applicant wished to prolong the consent beyond three years, it is subject to certain conditions. These terms include that the applicant starts building works within the three-year period, holding declarations to that effect. Secondly, the application for an extension must be submitted at least two months prior to the expiry date of the existing deadline and no change in planning regulations that would unfavourably affect the
consent granted must have occurred.