Change windows: when to declare its works?

Change windows: when to declare

When you want to change your windows, it may be necessary to ask for permission to work at the town hall. The approach is different depending on the type of development desired. This step is major when the house is located in a so-called “protected” space . Choosing the right colors for its joinery can therefore be a major argument.

In what cases should a declaration of work be made?

For some works, a declaration of works is a mandatory step. Work that changes the exterior appearance of a building is part of it. Nevertheless, the steps to be taken are different depending on the project.

Three cases may arise:

  • Change the window exactly. It will be similar to the old one in all points (colors, joinery, type of glazing) and does not require to request a declaration of works. Good to know: if the window is identical in all respects but it is now double glazing in place of a single glazing, a statement of work is not necessary either.
  • Replace the window with a model with different characteristics. Opting for a new material (PVC in place of wood), change of color … this involves a modification of the exterior appearance of the building and it is necessary to carry out a declaration of works. The color of joinery is particularly important. It is therefore essential to have choice in the colors: if the joineries are identical in all points except for the chosen material, this can avoid a declaration of works. Think of choosing, in this case, PVC joinery with suitable colors .
  • Replace the window completely with a different model. When it comes to replacing the existing window with a completely different model (for example, a glazed window in the place of an old door, or a window with a single leaf instead of a window With double opening), a prior declaration of works is also required at the town hall.

Sector saved: what permissions to apply?

In certain sectors preserved, or subject to the opinion of the architect of the Buildings of France, certain materials are not allowed. Nevertheless, in some cases, only color is the main factor.
Depending on the region, the recommended colors can be very different. It is therefore advisable to consult with a professional to adapt his project .

For example the anthracite gray exterior, is very present around Toulouse, in the south-west. In the case of a heritage classified at a certain distance (a castle for example), the plaxé gilded oak or plaxed Irish oak can be recommended.
A professional can also recommend the most suitable accessories to preserve an old character to the carpentry. For example, small wooden frames integrated into the glass, a false cremone attached, false hinges, a handle and small wood brass … The style of carpentry is also important: an “authentic” version allows carpentry with molded glazing and To the older character than the rounded design version.

In case of doubt, the Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs (DRAC) or the municipality will be able to confirm whether the house is located in one of these zones. It is important to check what materials can be banned, before filing a work declaration file. Indeed, as the study of these files can take up to two months, it is advisable to file a successful file … and follow the right steps before starting work !

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