How to develop a project – part 3

By Bart van Linden [email protected]

Bart van Linden is a director of Exclusive Algarve Villas, a local real estate company focused on selling high end properties and investment related real estate throughout Portugal.

Paperwork, documents, plans, drawings, more paperwork, stamps, taxes, some more stamps and some more paperwork.

Developing a project involves a lot of patience, time and bureaucracy and the help of professionals is definitely needed here.

Important when buying land is to find out actually what you can do with it, where it is located, whether there are restrictive issues such as being within a nature park.

Basically, it starts with the application for viability. With the viability study, you can find out what you can or cannot build on the plot. Once returned, you have a valid document stating what you can build on your piece of land.

Now your architect can draw up plans according to the type of property, style and size allowed. In some areas, there might be specific rules and regulations on design, so if you have a specific design in mind it is worth checking this with your agent and architect before starting the process.

Something to bear in mind is the fact that any building project also needs an acoustic project and thermal project nowadays. Also the installation of solar panels has become mandatory.

Once your plans have been drawn up, the architect will submit them to the local council for approval. If the property is located in a rural area, the agricultural department in Faro also needs to approve the plans. In some cases, more approval from government entities is needed, for example, for property located too close to the ocean, a lake or nature reserve.

Once approved, paid and stamped, the basic project is ready for Phase 2, which include the especialidades. This is where all the details and where the building materials are specified. Once all this is done, you will be able to obtain the building licence and start construction.

Happy building!

To contact Bart van Linden, please call 282 353 019, 912 826 969 or email [email protected]