Hi! I know it's been a long time since the

10/29/2020 - 18:05

Hi! I know it's been a long time since the post, but I am hoping you will be able to help me. I am currently looking for property to buy near Impruneta, Tuscany. I have been told originally that new building permissions were impossible to obtain in Tuscany, however I have read a few articles recently that led me to believe that it is indeed possible, however it may take a long time and a lot of money. I recently found a piece of land not too far from a small town in Impruneta area that has permission only for an annex of 30sq meters. However, the land is quite big and there are plenty houses nearby, so it got me thinking how difficult it would be to obtain permissions to build a proper house (150sqm). Did you use any company to assist in getting the permissions? I would like to consult with someone to find out the real possibilities of building something new in the area and how much time and money it would cost me. Thank you and hope you are enjoying your lovely house in Tuscany! Veronica



I am an architect working in the North of Italy, in particular around the lakes.

Unfortunately I am too far away to be of practical help to you in Impruneta, but from experience in searching on behalf of clients who want to build on Lake Como or other, I confirm that the principle is the same - if you want to build a new house on land - it is possible, but the key part of the puzzle is finding the right land at the right price.

Roughly every 5 years the various Comunes update their Development plans (PGT), and as part of these plans there is usually land that is earmarked to be built on for residential use with an indication of how much sqm or m3 can be built (however as time proceeds they are always less and less new build possibilities).

These parcels of land with the possibility to build on are much more expensive than simple farm land – sometimes the price can be too high, so it is a challenging task to find the right land for you and your pocket, but surely a local architect or geometra can help you find the right one if  you communicate your requirements.

Once you have found and bought the land, the most difficult part is over – the time to get permission is dependent on the Planning controls so within a relatively time defined time of 3 to 9 months you should have permission.