Urban Planning Certificate

Definition:

The urban planning certificate is an administrative order that indicates the currently applicable urban planning rules for a given plot of land.

It provides information about its availability for building and the legal rights and obligations associated with the plot of land.

The urban planning certificate does not constitute an authorization, and is not a substitute for the building permit.

It is provided free of charge.

Categories of urban planning certificate:

There are two types of urban planning certificate.

The first is a certificate of urban planning information. In the absence of a precise project plan, it provides details of the urban planning that are applicable to the plot of land in question, and includes information on:

  • Urban planning schemes (for example, the outlines of a local urban planning project)
  • The existence of public utility constraints (administrative restrictions on the rights to the property)
  • The list of taxes and mandatory payments applicable to the plot of land in question.

This certificate gives no indication of the availability or otherwise of the plot of land for construction.

The second is an operational urban planning certificate.

It indicates, in addition to the details included in the certificate of urban planning information, whether the plot of land can be used for the execution of the proposed project, and provides a summary of the existing or planned public installations serving the area (highways and networks).

Contents of the file:

A request for a certificate of urban planning can either be lodged at the administrative office of the commune in which the plot of land is located or by completing the following form: Cerf n°13410*01. A file must be attached to the request, including the following documents (the list of items to be provided is itemized in the note for request of an urban planning certificate):

  • A note describing the project, indicating its purpose, character and the planned structural area of the building.
  • A plot layout and a map showing the location of the plot within the commune.

The request for urban planning certificate and its accompanying file must be provided in:

  • 2 copies, for requests for certificates of urban planning information
  • 4 copies, for requests for operational urban planning certificates

Depositing the file:

The file can be handed in at the town hall in the area of the plot of land in question, or it can be sent by registered mail with receipt acknowledgement.

File processing period:

The administrative authority provides for a variable period of time for response to requests for urban planning certificates, as follows:

  • 1 month, for requests for certificates of urban planning information
  • 2 months, for requests for operational urban planning certificates

Response from the administrative authority:

In the event of a negative response, the administrative authority will state the reasons for opposition to execution of the project.

Validity period of the urban planning certificate:

The period of validity of the urban planning certificate (whether it is a certificate of urban planning information or an operational urban planning certificate) is 18 months from the date of its issue.

The validity period may be extended by a year, as long as there is no change in the urban planning schemes, public utility constraints, and urban planning taxes and mandatory payments applicable to the plot of land in question.

Request for extension of the validity period:

The request must be made by letter on a blank page, in two copies, accompanied by the urban planning certificate to be extended.

The letter must be addressed to the administrative office of the commune in which the plot of land in question is located, at least 2 months prior to expiry of the 18-month validity period.

 

Urban planning certificate guarantees:

During the validity period of the urban planning certificate, no new financial commitment or public utility constraint (other than those necessary for the preservation of public safety and health) may be imposed on the holder of the urban planning certificate.

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