If you are planning to buy a plot of land to build your future home, choosing one that is both serviced and buildable is preferable. But what is a serviced lot? How much does it cost to develop a plot of land? What are the steps to follow to undertake this project? So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn about some of the things you need to know about construction.

Administrative procedures

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The servicing of a plot of land allows access to the networks and is a preliminary step to the development, rental or resale project. For this, two steps must be taken into account. These general concerns:

    • The local urban plan: before acquiring your land, you will need to obtain a pre-operational urban planning certificate from the town hall. This certificate gathers the important elements allowing the project owner to know.

The state of your land in terms of networks

The public facilities in the vicinity.

In order to obtain your town planning certificate, send a prior request for the work to the town hall of your place of residence. In your file, attach a letter describing your construction project. After various studies, if the land is indeed buildable and served by the various networks, you can buy it.

    • The building permit: before starting the work, get a building permit from the town hall. Once you have obtained it, proceed with the actual servicing of the land.

Deadlines for servicing a plot of land

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The servicing of a plot of land involves connection work to the public networks. The minimum duration is 2 to 3 months. Of course, each intervention has its own implementation time. In order to reduce this time, contact the expert or network manager who will take charge of your project and take administrative steps. To do this, immediately submit your connection request to the town hall. Once you have obtained their approval, you can start the work.

    • For the water connection, the delay varies from 48 hours to one month.
    • For gas connection, the work can take up to 2 months.
    • For the connection to the sewage system, the authorized delay is 2 years.

The connection to electricity will take between 4 and 28 weeks of work. This is divided into:

    • 4 weeks for a serviced plot
    • 10 weeks for a private domain without road works
    • 18 weeks for the works on the public networks and roads
    • 28 weeks for the creation of a transformer station (if necessary).

Operations to develop a plot of land

Servicing a plot of land consists of connecting it to the various networks. There are 5 main types of connections such as:

    • The water connection: this must be registered with the town hall. To do this, fill out a form. Then make the connection request to the water company in your area. Together, you will draw up a technical and financial estimate.
    • The gas connection: here, the request is submitted to the GRDF.
    • Electricity connection: apply to your local distribution company or the ERDF for a connection.
    • Connection to the sewerage system: the principle is the same.
    • Connection to the telephone network: for your telephone connection, you can choose an operator that suits you.

Once you have obtained the authorizations and made all your payments, proceed with the work.

Cost of servicing a plot of land

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The 6 factors impacting the price of servicing your land are:

    • The geological nature of the land
    • The complexity of the project
    • The taxes on the costs of the operation and the Preparation-Readjustment-Sewer
    • The existence or not of pipes
    • The distance of the connection between the land and the public equipment and networks
    • The earth moving company hired.

In general, the price varies from 5,000 to 15,000 dollars. However, the bill can increase as time goes by. For the connection:

    • For gas, the cost varies between 400 and 1,000 dollars
    • For water, the price is about 1 500 dollars
    • For electricity, the price is from 1 000 dollars
    • For sewerage or sanitation, the cost is between 3,000 and 10,000 dollars.

Beyond 30 m, plan on 200 dollars more per linear meter for gas and electricity connections. For the water connection beyond 10 m, count 45 dollars more per meter.

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