Purpose of buildings
A difference is usually made between the purpose of buildings and the use to which they are put.
What is the difference between "purpose of buildings" and "occupancy" ?
The purpose of the buildings, which concerns the urban planning law, corresponds to why a building is built, the purpose are among the items that should show the planning request for the property (building permit or preliminary declaration of works by case).
Occupancy is de facto as regards the use to which a building is put.
It relates to a prerogative of the French Construction and Housing Code intended to prevent housing from being used for other purposes in certain communes.
Which buildings are concerned ?
The concept of destination of buildings was redefined in 2015. There are now 5 destinations, each comprising several sub-destinations:
Destination of buildings Under destination Agricultural and Forestry Operations - agricultural exploitation
dwelling - housing
Trade and service activities - crafts and retail
- service activities where the reception of a clientele takes place
- hotel and tourist accommodation
Community facilities and public services - premises and offices for the general public and similar
- technical and industrial premises of public and similar administrations
- educational, health and social work institutions
- art and spectator halls
- sports equipments
- other equipment for the public
Other activities in the secondary or tertiary sector - industry - warehouse
- Convention and Exhibition Center
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