Build a New House in Portugal


Building a New Home

What to do before buying land to build a new house in Portugal


Confirm planning permission

Make sure that prior to purchasing your land, that you either have full planning permission, or outline planning permission (PIP), from the local authorities.


Generally, you will require

A licensed architect to produce the required property drawings and for submission of such to the local planning authority.

An engineer for the speciality (Electricity, plumbing, structural, etc) drawings and construction supervision.

You may hire an independent consultant / agent to report on the construction throughout the building process.

Your licensed construction company who should in all instances have a solid reputation.


Ask first before it’s too late

If you intend to build a new house in Portugal, you may choose independent companies for all of the services you require and are not obliged to use your architect’s construction company as some believe.

Construction costs will vary depending on the type of materials that you use, but as a guide one should account for €2.500 per sq. m.

Due to the high demand, it is recommended that you speak to your potential construction companies, asap.



Height Restrictions on Buildings in Comporta

Depending on where the property is located and under what category you are building, the following height restrictions on buildings in Comporta apply.


Residential Buildings

Floor to eaves – Three metres. In some developments this may be three and a half metres.


The Roof

The roof may be flat or with an apex. The apex is generally calculated to be at a forty degree angle. Sometimes the maximum height above the eaves may be restricted to two and a half metres.

On some larger parcels of land, you may be able to build up to twenty percent of the building up to six metres in height.


Under Agriculture

The restrictions for the farmer’s home tend to be the same as for residential buildings. Agricultural buildings may be six and a half metres with an apex roof at the same angle as residential buildings.


Under Tourism

The distance between the floor and eaves may be six and a half metres, although the buildings are still considered to be single-storey structures. Although a second-storey is not allowed, some buildings are built with an interior mezzanine floor. The roof may be flat or angled as per the regulations for residential buildings.

The above height restrictions on buildings in Comporta are only a guideline as each development may have their own rules. It is always advisable to find out the regulations prior to purchasing a property in Comporta which are generally found at the local planning department and which may also be confirmed by your architect.


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