Open Market Dwellings
In addition to having to obtain planning permission, if you are planning to alter or demolish and re-build an Open Market Dwelling you are required, by Law, to inform the Housing Department - in writing and at least 14 days before work begins - that you are going to make changes to an Open Market dwelling. You must also explain the extent of the works that will be undertaken, and the easiest way to do this is to provide a copy of the plans showing the alterations.
Any person who makes alterations to an Open Market dwelling without giving prior notice to the Housing Department is committing an offence and, if convicted, might have to pay a fine.
If you are not sure whether the dwelling that you are altering is inscribed in the Open Market Housing Register, you can search the Register to find out.
The above requirements are set out in sections 31 and 36 of The Housing (Control of Occupation) (Guernsey) Law, 1994.
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