Law in place for ar­chi­tect projects

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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.

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