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Display of planning permission in the field

Verified 04 août 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Once you have been granted planning permission (e.g. building permit), you must inform third parties of your project. Its main features are displayed on a sign placed on your land so that it is clearly visible from the public road. From the first day of this posting and for 2 months, third parties may appeal against the planning authorization. The display shall be maintained throughout the duration of the work.

You must display your permission on a panel as soon as notification of the order or as of the date on which the tacit permit (or the decision not to oppose the prior declaration) is acquired.

The display shall be made by means of a rectangular panel at least 80 cm long and wide.

You can find this type of panel in DIY stores.

The sign shall be so installed that the information contained in it is clearly legible from the public highway or from open spaces to the public during the duration of the work.

The display panel must include the following information:

  • Name
  • Corporate name
  • Name of the architect behind the architectural project
  • Date of issue of permit and number
  • Nature of the project and the area of the land
  • Address of the town hall where the file can be consulted

If the project is planning to build, the billboard shows the floor surface authorized and the height of the structure(s) expressed in meters relative to the natural soil,

If the project involves a subdivision, it shall specify the maximum number of lots planned,

If the project involves a campground or a residential recreational park, it shall give the total number of pitches and, if applicable, the number of pitches reserved for light recreational housing,

If the project involves demolitions, it shall indicate the surface of the building or buildings to be demolished.

The display panel shall be marked as follows:

« Right of appeal: »

« The time limit for legal action is two months from the first day of a continuous two-month period of posting on the ground of this panel (art. R. 600-2 of the Planning Code). »

« Any administrative or contentious appeal must, as soon as it is inadmissible, be notified to the decision-maker and to the beneficiary of the permit or decision taken on the prior declaration. This notification must be sent by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt within 15 clear days from the filing of the appeal (Art. R. 600-1 of the Planning Code) »..

Thus informed, a third party can consult the project file in the town hall. For 2 months from 1to field posting day, your neighbors can challenge authorization that has been granted to you. They then appeal to the mayor who issued the authorization.

In the absence of a posting, they will be able to challenge the authorization for 6 months from the completion of the work.

The panel must be displayed without interruption and remain in place for the duration of the work. It must be visible from the outside.

The panel must be displayed without interruption for 2 months, even if the work is of a shorter duration.

It must remain in place for the duration of the work.

In the event of a dispute, it is up to you to prove that you have completed the posting formalities. To do this, you must establish the following 3 points:

  • Display start date
  • Display regularity
  • Legibility and visibility of the panel

Proof of such display may be established by any means. The judges agreed that the testimony of persons not related to the permit holder could constitute evidence. The beneficiary may also produce a bailiff's report drawn up during the posting period.

The absence of a display of the planning permission on the ground does not make the planning permission illegal. On the other hand, it allows a contentious appeal for the duration of the work and up to 6 months after its completion.