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As there are many informed people about this subject, I would like to ask this. In one of the houses we did not get, the situation was like this: The owner got the house built himself. The architect made a plan but later the owner wanted the staircase on the right side of the house instead of the left. He changed architects. He did not get this version of the plan made. Is there a risk that commune may have a problem with this? It is not an extension but inside the house. Thanks for your answers.


Ask the building department of the relevant maison communale / gemeentehuis.

Jan 29, 2018 15:42

As "I" notes above, you should go along to the commune and ask them.

Jan 29, 2018 15:56

I’m unclear because for sure the architect told us we could do what we liked inside as long as we informed the commune if we say installed an extra loo. I believe if one knocks through a load bearing wall or outside wall one has to ask. Also I think in prici0le for changing window size. it, but my question would be how would the commune know?
To be clear the commune have no plans for my house other than a floor plan made in the 1970s when it was renovated it’s deemd to have permission as it was around 1920 and the plans were all destroyed by the war so they have no clue what we have.
Also if you did have an issue later as one of my friends did they just had to make a statement to the police that the extension was there when they bought and that was somehow ratified once the correct plans were submitted

Jan 29, 2018 16:33

How would the maison communale know? Because it will, when you buy and sell the house!!!!! And if you fail to comply with building regs, you'll be in trouble.

Jan 29, 2018 19:32

I the maison communal dont check plans in detail in my experience just if they have them but althought its getting more difficult here to pass off substandard work as you need reports but no one chases them if they arent in place in my own experience. When we bought we were told our electrics needed this and that and two years toncomply wr had it done but we have had ongoing work for five plus years including more electrics and no one ever contacted us demanding the report which we didnt get as not all wiring was in place and so would need to be repeated we have asked out sparks about getting one but its atill not in and actilly i have no idea who even needs to see it because for sure they never contacted us after

Jan 30, 2018 14:22

@CC_R: since a couple of years (more or less) every building comité and their public servants are checking carefully plans against reality and they can order to demolish / re-do ... We had 10 years a substantial check of our architect's plans with the ready built and the guy was looking very interested from our court-side windows into the facades etc. of our neighbours.

I is absolutely correct, there was a lot of mind change in the past years. Building regs were established and now implemented. A friend of mine had to REDO ALL her NEW street side windows as they did not comply anymore.
Please work closely with your commune to avoid costly mistakes!
Good luck, xl

Jan 30, 2018 18:31

Since you alter the load bearing structure, you are obliged to inform the commune. It is a gamble to take to see if they check or not, for sure they are more and more doing their job properly. Do you want to lose sleep over it?

Jan 31, 2018 00:38

Thanks to everybody for sharing their experiences and reflecting on the subject.

Feb 2, 2018 11:53