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New House Build - help with planning permission

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Hi, We bought land in Central Portugal (part rustic part urban) and intend to build a new house (nothing fancy, 200 m2 max, single storey, flat roof). We have a design in mind (and a set of floor plans) but need someone to complete Engineering Drawings (incl sewage, electrics, drainage etc) and help us obtain a licence to build.

Any recommendations? How much should we budget for this? Anybody here with fairly recent experience? Many thanks for any help.

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@tygger Yes, this is what we are hoping for. Have a building envelope done by a builder and do the finishes ourselves - well, maybe not completely, but hire individual trades and do what we can ourselves. Do you know if the plans can be signed off by a structural engineer or only by an architect?

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We paid a lot to our (second) architect who went out of business (but did get us permission with a lot of hard work) we now have an architect who has taken on the project. He did a bit of redesign and is overseeing the project, for about 5,000. 

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@cojabound that's a fantastic price. Would you be prepared to share his contact details? I found a really nice Spanish architect who speaks Portuguese and is familiar with Portuguese building codes, but he is not licenced to work in Portugal, so I would have to find someone else to sign off the plans. I am not sure how viable it would be. I also found a young Portuguese architect who initially quoted me a good price, but when I started to dig deeper things started to add up. Almost like flying with Ryanair... All I want is a licence to build, I have no idea what is required, so I can't be told afterwards, aagh I didn't know you wanted the acoustics or the sewage system, so this will be €2000 extra. Finding the right person is a nightmare. No wonder so many people buy ruins. At least most of the time they know, they can avoid the hassle of planning. 

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Yes of course, his name is Paulo Barbosa tel: 962673920. He's based in arganil if that's any good. He has perfect english and is very helpful. If he's too far away he might still be able to answer your concerns or recommend someone. Good luck. 

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Sorry, he's based in Tabua, not arganil!

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Hi Tabua and Arganil are not to far away maybe 15 minutes drive away.

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@peterfc I really appreciate it. Thank you 😀 

Kind regards,

Joanna

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