Law in place for architect projects
It’s been over a year since the French government first announced plans to reduce the measurements of a property floor area requiring compulsory use of an architect from 170m² to 150m², but the decree is now finally in place. The specifics of loi LCAP (Liberté de Création, Architecture et Patrimoine) were released on 7 July, within which architect use is detailed in Article 82, and it has now been officially adopted by the Senate. An architect must now draw up and submit the demande de permis de construire for all projects of 150m² or larger. The law applies to both new builds and renovation projects, but the 150m² calculation excludes garages, porches, stairwells and balconies, as well as areas with a ceiling height of under 1.8m and unconverted attics and cellars. The floor area of multi-storey properties is calculated by adding together the measurements of individual floors. Use of an architect for projects under 150m² is not mandatory provided that the permission granted relates solely to the layout of interior spaces, and that work carried out does not make any visible change to the exterior.