This list highlights some of the requirements for clients wishing to construct a building project:
Obtain compulsory insurance for the works during construction and post practical completion. (dommages ouvrages et tout risqué chantier)
Provide proof of ownership of the land and sign a contract with an architect
Provide a ‘certificat d’Urbanisme’ showing that the land is developable
To submit a planning application a survey of the site or building will be required including boundary location, levels, access, setting out and location of services.
For new buildings or extensions you will need a ground survey, particularly if a septic tank is required.
Send the architect any correspondence received from the local authority with regards to the permit application (e.g. incomplete applications)
Send a copy of the building permit approval to the architect
Display the approval sign for the construction permit on the site and get a bailiff to record the dates
Send the declaration of the start of construction works to the local authority, keep a copy and send a copy to the architect
Take a note of the water meter, electrical meter before the start of the building works
Don’t start the works without finance in place, agreement from the bank and any loans signed
Any modifications requested that different from the permit application will need a further permit application before carrying out the works. This is often an additional service that the architect can provide
Understand the contractual documents and respect the delay for payments and the rights and obligations of each party. This will help with the smooth progress of the site works.
Don’t give any direct orders to the contractor if you have an architect. Each decision should be recorded in the site meeting minutes and formalised by a modification to the contract.
If there are significant electrical works request and settle the EDF electricity bill 3 months before the end of the works and send the Electrical conformity certificate to EDF.
If applicable send GDF (gas supplier) the certificate for the boiler
Listen to the comments and suggestions of the architect, particularly with respect to maintenance that needs to be carried out regularly.
Send the Completion of works form to the local authority within 30 days of practical completion • Send, when applicable, the H1 declaration to the local tax office within 90 days of practical completion.
Insure the building straight after practical completion.
if you have any questions regarding these points please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
At Reid Brewin Architects we believe the most successful architecture is the result of collaboration. We listen carefully to our clients, researching and exploring different design solutions. Our innovative design skills, knowledge of local planning and building regulations create the very best for every building project. We deliver the right architecture for our clients whether it is for a Data Centre, workspace, boutique retail or laboratory space.