Building on Crete
Some tips on what to look for and what to take care
for when you want to build your house on Crete
How much land do I need:
If a plot of land is not within the town plan and if there
are no forestry or archaeology restrictions, permission to
build can be granted for any plot of minimum of 4.000 m².
If a plot of land is located within a planning zone or with
a frontage to a principal municipal road, a permission can
can be granted for plots of land of 2.000 m² or less.
If a plot of land is located inside villages, towns and cities,
planning permission can be generally granted for any plot.
Of course there are always exceptions. For some Greek areas
specific Greek laws apply about planning permission regulations.
Building permits can be obtained through registered architects
or engineers in Greece. Thus, get the topographical plan and
let it check by your architect or contact our strategic partner
What should I be aware of when building my new home on
Choose an architect who understands your needs and speaks
the same language as you. Once they have obtained your building
permit they are responsible for signing to say the building¢s
footings are correctly installed and for signing off the job
so that you can have your services connected and your building
If you have chosen a plot outside the town plan
ask for the additional costs to get connected to services
When you found the architect you trust and signing
a contract, be sure that IKA, VAT and the cost for the building
permit etc., is included in your contract. In general these
costs are outside the contract; so ask for an estimate on
the additional costs.
You may want to choose an independent builder
for your house on Crete, so have a clause in your contract
with your architect that you may choose the builder of your
house independently of the architect.
A plot of land within the village limits poses less problems
and expense than a plot outside the village/town limits but
bear in mind that your neighbours (even it is a tavern or
discotheque) can getting very close.
A plot with access problems can force higher costs you might