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Have you ever visited Corfu before and fell in love at first sight with Greek culture? You can build your own home here and learn to live like a Greek.
House construction in Greece starts with purchasing a land plot. This transaction consists of several stages. Our office will do its best to fulfill your wish. At first the owner has to provide a copy of his own land purchase contract and a topography plan of the land plot. These documents correlates with the actual existing plot, and they will also check the plot’s construction coefficients. These are factors which define the maximal permissible metric area of the building that may be constructed on this particular plot.
All land plots in Greece split into 2 categories:
plots within a populated area
plots outside a populated area
The planning regulations on Corfu are complicated..
In all cases, a building permit must be obtained and this service is normally carried out by a state registered engineer who will complete the plans of the proposed house and submit these, together with the other information required, to the building permit office for approval. The engineer will also make application on his client s behalf for connection to the electricity and water supplies. Outside the town most sewage is dealt by septic tanks.
Once the building permit is obtained, the normal practice is for the client to enter into a fixed price building contract with the engineer to build the house.
The process of obtaining the building permit normally takes between 6 and 10 weeks and, depending on the site, the building process itself will then take a further 6 to 8 months.
The great advantages of building your own house on Corfu are firstly, that you get a house specifically built to your own design and suitable to your use, family etc., and secondly that you make a considerable saving in stamp duty and other fees, in that fees are only payable in respect of the initial purchase of the land and not the building itself.
Building Permit Guidelines
The following are offered as a general guide, but it is always best to take professional advice from us on individual building plots to ensure maximum build size.
Planning Permission for New Construction
Inside village and town boundaries, planning permission can be granted for any plot, although some laws are specific to a certain area. Planning permission may be granted for building on land of 2.000 m2 or less if the plot is situated within the town-planning zone, or fronts a municipal road. For plots outside of the zone, planning permission can be granted if the land is a minimum of 4.000 m2 and there are no forestry or archaeological restrictions.
Outside Village Boundaries
Usually 4.000 m2 is required for planning permission outside of village boundaries. The total size that you are allowed to build is set by individual planning authorities and follows a sliding scale. For instance, on the minimum plot size of 4.000 m2 you would be allowed to build approximately 200 m2, plus basement if required, and this increases pro rata with the size of the plot. However, variations may sometimes be allowed, and this will be dependant on local rules and negotiation. Generally a building has to be 15 metres away from the plot boundaries unless it fronts a municipal road. The exception to the 4.000 m2 rule is if a plot of land fronts a municipal road. If this is the case, then only 2.000 m2 is required to satisfy the planning regulations. These regulations are in place to stop the concrete box mentality we have seen in some parts of the Mediterranean. On a 4.000 m2 plot there is always the option of building 2 villas, provided the total size falls within the permitted area (you could then sell or rent out the second villa).
Inside Village Boundaries
If a new dwelling is being built the plot must be at least 500 m2. The total build area is normally around 70-80% of the plot size on 2 floors and is usually up to a maximum of around 400 m2. This generally has to be 2.5 metres from plot boundaries. However this can be expanded depending upon negotiation and history of the plot.
Building Commercial Property
If the land is being developed commercially i.e for hotel/apartments. Then allowed building is approximately 70% of plot size on 2 levels even where the property lies outside of the village or town limits.
There are several exceptions that does not follow thess general rules. Some examples are the location of the plot (near a road), of its creation date, Natura zone e.t.c.
Ioannis Vasileiadis Civil Engineer's Office makes possible to implement your most aspiring desires and projects. Unparalleled quality of work performed by highly qualified professionals are matched by state of the art design and construction technologies, accurate choice of materials, continuous monitoring and control we maintain at all stages of construction project implementation and its efficient management.
Our staff’s expertise ensures that your plans will be realized to the fullest. We provide complex supervision at all stages of construction work starting from design plans and specifications development till their final implementation. Professional knowledge and skills our staff possess will help construct your Greek house in shortest time and minimize your expenses.
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