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Rebuilding a ruin

Posted by dammitjanet - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by bretonlion - 3 years ago


Depends where you live ..  some communes are against it .. especially if it has no roof .. then it can be classed as only for a garage ..

We have just bought one, a ruin that is, only when the sellers found out they would have to apply for full planning permission to sell it as a "building plot" ..so the price came down ..!!

As others have said .. have a word with your Mairie first ..



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Posted by greenandpleasant - 3 years ago

As others have said - the urbaniste at your Marie will advise you.  We have something like this - 3 and a bit walls, but no roof.  We wanted to rebuild, very much to the same footprint, as a second gite.  As it was formerly a forge, we can only rebuild it if that is it's intended final use!  So, typically, it will crumble to nothing and be lost forever (it still has the "1732" stone above the old entrance & what's left is really pretty) rather than bring more tourists spending money to the area.

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Posted by Fish24 - 3 years ago

Be aware that IF there is a possibility that you may choose to demolish 'remnants' of an old building in order to begin again (fondations/platform/new walls/etc), sometimes one has to apply for 'permis à démolir' and the m² of the new construction/habitation must rest within the original foundation lines under certain conditions.

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Posted by Dibbyspot - 3 years ago

The Mairie is the first port of call. Secondly find a builder and get a quote - ruins can be expensive to renovate as well as this there is a rela issue of getting services to some remote rural locations.

French utilities like their UK counterparts know how to charge! If you plan to buy make sure that certificate d'urbanisation and costs for connections of services are provided as clauses substantive.

Good luck

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Posted by Melou - 3 years ago

I do not think that there is any automatic right unless the ruin still has services connected to it - at least electricity. You would still require permission from the mairie - otherwise there would be no control over what your idea of a "rebuild" was.

As dozygirl says - simplest route is to ask at your mairie, and look at the local plan (if there is one) which forms the basis of commune building controls.

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Posted by dozygirl - 3 years ago

Your Mairie is your first point of call.