Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular in terms of sustainability. But what should your house have to be considered smart? Is it necessary to apply for a building permit for a smart home?

The Internet of Things and home automation have already become realities, and virtually anyone can turn their house into a smart home.

Our recommendation is that if you are thinking of making any changes to automate your home, you also contact us so that you can learn what the requirements will be and whether you will need a building permit to do so.

The building permit is one of the first steps we have to take to start the construction of our future house. Getting to know how the process works, what steps to take, how much it costs, and how long it takes is crucial.

In the beginning, it is just as important to choose an architectural firm or a construction company, as it is to know all the steps to obtain the building permit. To build a house, we always talk about a building permit. Other possibilities include licenses for minor works, which are small projects like applying finishing, changing tiles, changing windows, etc.

What is a building permit and why is it necessary?

A building permit is the procedure that gives us permission to build our house on the plot. It has to be requested in order to comply with the urban development conditions. That is why it is very important to know the urbanistic conditions before buying the plot. And to know beforehand, if in that plot we can build what we want.

We identify two types of licenses: major works or minor works. In our case, to request the building permit for a new house, we always talk about major works.

What is a smart home?

The home automation market is booming. The reason is none other than the drop in prices around the smart home construction and renovation sector. In the last five years, the cost of converting a house into a smart home has dropped by 70%.

A smart home has a series of systems that automatically and digitally control certain functions at home.

The term “smart home” refers to a house with home automation installed. Therefore, the main components that must be present in a smart home are sensors capable of collecting information. Communication between parts of the system is also enabled by these commands and protocols.

Functions of a smart home

  • Energy control.
  • Climate control.
  • Security control.

All this is done by connecting all the devices in the house to each other and to the network of networks. This is what we know as IoT or the Internet of Things. Home automation installations can be divided into three main groups: security, efficiency and comfort.

Benefits of smart homes

One of the greatest benefits of smart homes is that they enable us to automate many of the systems in our own homes. From the control of electricity or the switching on and off of devices to security measures and communication functionalities, everything can be efficiently controlled through a mobile device.

  • The first of the benefits of smart homes is energy efficiency. Thanks to home automation, we will be able to control from our own cell phone issues as simple as turning on the heating or raising the blinds to let the sun in, to cutting-edge technology issues such as opening windows. All these gestures will be surprisingly efficient in terms of energy savings, since, even when we are not at home, they will allow us to have it always ready.
  • The second one refers security, since with smart homes we will even be able to open the door of our home without having keys. Nowadays, there are much more effective home automation tools that can help us to increase the security of our home.
  • The third and last of the benefits that seem to us more remarkable would be the issue of comfort. In addition to making our home more efficient and safer, it will also allow us to be more comfortable, since we will be able to control at all times what happens inside our home just by making a couple of clicks on our smartphone.

How long does it take to get a building permit for a smart home?

This is one of the most important questions to ask yourself, and the only one that we cannot specify. It will depend on each community and the rules set by the state. In our experience, we have never been given a license in less than 1 month.

If the execution time is one of your priorities, contact us to help you get the required building permits to actually turn your house into a smart home.

For more information about what you need and what are the specific permits to convert your home into a domotic home, contact us, we are experts in building permits.