Monday, August 10, 2015

Bâtiments de France

Just to remind readers that an organisation called 'Bâtiments de France' - similar to English Heritage - can intervene when building or renovations are planned for a property classified as 'historic' and/or sited within an conservation area - normally close to a historic building such as a church or public building.

Their local architect should be contacted as early as possible at the planning stage and his guidance sought about what is or is not allowable under their regulations. Most rules refer to external changes and can include paint colours, windows and shutters, roof lights, type of bricks or tiles etc. Early discussion and agreement will save costs in the long run.