You know what you want but you hear from everyone that getting the permit is a nightmare if you want to build in Çandır.
‘Just go ahead and build it.’ – That’s all I hear when the word ‘building permit’ is mentioned. And yes, we’ve thought about it seriously. In the last 20 years in Çandır there are only four houses that have been built with planning permission that I know of. All of the other new houses, somewhere around thirty, have been illegally built. And no, the people in Çandır have no problem with that because that’s the way it has always been done there. Perhaps in the future a general amnesty will be issued – thus the end of any problems. But they can expect a fine if someone complains and their property gets checked. If they pay the fine, their home is still illegal. And that can give trouble when they decide to sell the property. For the Turks in the village this is not a ptoblem because they have no intention of selling now or in the foreseeable future. Everything stays in their family, bu for a foreigner it is quite a bit different. They will always have the feeling that at any moment there can be trouble. I don’t want that. So it is time to sigh deeply, jump into the deep and hope to come up again somewhere.
Appointment with the Architect
One of the young kids who was always in and around the guesthouse where I stayed as a tourist became an architect, so it was time for a chat. He explained the whole process, but I absolutely can not repeat all he had to say. It is just too difficult with all those Turkish terms. What he could tell me was that it would be much simpler and cheaper to find an architect in Köyceğiz – the administrative overseer of Çandır. Someone there would know the ins and outs and have their own network that could save us a lot of money. The transport costs would also be less because there would be a lot of back and forth traffic before alle the paperwork was done.
A friend of mine has just built a house in Köyceğiz – the administrative center for Çandır. So, she dragged me to a female architect that had done her home. The architect told us that we must first sort out a municipal cadastral plan (Imar Durumu) and that we must have this before she could do anything further.
The town hall there is like everywhere in Turkey – a practical, but very austere and cheerless building with offices. Bare walls, countertops full of papers and files under cozy flickering fluorescent lights. Really, how those people still manage to be kind and patiently to everybody that walkes in there…
After some questions, studying my ownership (Tapu) and residency papers (ikamet) the information was diligently hammered on a keyboard. We were asked “Whether we needed it right away?” Well, not neccessarily, but it would be nice if I did not need to come back again to get the paperwork when they were ready. The lady nodded to me kindly and I received the paper within an hour. Total cost 110 Lira.
Because in the past there were many poorly built buildings put up and thereby with each shaking of the earth’s crust, the damage to houses was enormous. Sometimes there are good regulations – not fun for me, but it makes good sense. Each stage of the construction must be approved by a specialist before a living permit can be issued. Without a living permit there can be no electricity, water or other permits issued. The architect had written a list for me when we got back to her office and started calling around to these specialist inspectors for prices. This is likely to convince us that we were not cheated, but that this really was what you had to pay for these engineers to go all the way to Çandır for a checkup.
As far as I understand, there must be a soil sample to be taken and determine how deep groundwater is. There must a view of the foundation, another for the electricity, aanother for plumbing, another for the roof construction, and so on.
Anyway, she was able to talk down the prices quoted by these specialist inspectors. For example, one went from 2000 lira down to 1250 and another 3000 lira fee was reduced to 2250, and so on. All in all these fees including her work will cost 7,000 lira. All in all not bad, as I had been assured it would run over 10,000 lira.
So on Monday we’ll pay half down and within a week or two she will send me the first drawings. Time to celebrate this first with an ice cream because I’ve been sweating all day in that hot office.