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PEDS111

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I have recently moved to Cyprus from the Uk and have submitted plans through our architects,does anybody know if I have to register myself with the authorities for the licence as i have read on this site it is illegal to build your own house,or will our architect hold the umberella licence?

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paulamj 1172697155

Why can't your architect tell you?. Has he actually made an application yet to town planning and has he warned you you may have a long wait for just that permit, then the next one from the district office, not to mention electric etc etc?


He should be managing this aspect of the project and giving you this info, if he isn't then you may need to look for a new one!




Regards

Paula

Nigel Howarth 1172762633

You have been advised correcty - it is illegal to build your own house in Cyprus.


If you want to do more on the build that just odd jobs, you must be a registered building contractor - which means you must pay a fee & register with the Contractors' register. For your application to be accepted, you must have insurance and a minimum number of staff - one of which must be a civil engineer.


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Nigel Howarth 1172763350

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You have been advised correcty - it is illegal to build your own house in Cyprus.


If you want to do more on the build that just odd jobs, you must be a registered building contractor - which means you must pay a fee & register with the Contractors' register. For your application to be accepted, you must have insurance and a minimum number of staff - one of which must be a civil engineer.


I doubt if your architect is a registered building contractor, but you can check this out at the website of the "Council for Reistration and Control of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors".


It is also not in your interest to have your architect's firm carry out the construction work. As well as designing your home, he will be:



Issuing Invitation to Tenders for the construction work to registered contractors.


Help you to evaluate the tenders and prepare a short list of potential builders.


Help you to evalulate the short list (meet the builders, look at their work, etc, etc) and choose your builder.


Oversee the construction work on your behalf.


For obvious reasons, he will not be able to act independently if he's building the place himself. (Also make sure that he doesn't give the job to his 'pal' who just happens to be a Registered Contractor).


Regards,



Nigel (aka EPHMH)

PEDS111 1172781478

Many thanks for your reply Nigel.Not sure if our architects are registered but will check. I am a self employed builder with over 30 yrs exp in UK and will be arranging for groundworkers to build shell,however i was intending on building the rest myself as i was doing in the uk. Where do I stand?

Nigel Howarth 1172839862

I think your best way forward would be to come to some sort of agreement with the contractor. I (personally) can't see why you couldn't do quite a bit of the work yourself - but you couldn't just go it alone. The language could be a barrier & trying to organise the sub-contractors could turn your hair white.


Although I didn't take an active part in the building of my place, I managed to save myself quite a bit of cash by buying all the fixtures, fittings and finishes and some of the carpentry myself and have them fitted by my contractor. As well as the discount I negotiated, I also saved having to pay VAT twice. I also sub-contracted all the mechanical engineering works to a specialist company along with the supply & installation of the kitchen, utility & wardrobe units.


Regards,



Nigel (aka EPHMH)

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