The greening permit

Published: 14 January 2022
Last edited: 14 January 2022
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Initiated by the City of Paris in 2015, the greening permit has since been adopted by many French cities including Lille, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Lyon, and Reims. Its purpose is to allow residents or associations to carry out green public space projects. For example, flowering at the foot of trees, collective gardening on open ground and gardening in planters. By creating its own greening permit, Paris Habitat is extending this possibility to collective spaces within its residences, thus bringing nature closer to the lessees.


Since May 2021, lessees of 60 Paris Habitat residences in 8 arrondissements can apply for a greening permit to garden in collective spaces within their residence. After a technical evaluation, the lessees commit to maintain their project (watering, weed removal, etc.) in an environmentally way. For that, they can benefit from the technical expertise of the Paris Habitat management company, receiving advice on environmentally friendly practices and appropriate amenities.


West and South Europe
Scale of implementation
Area-wide development
Buildings and facilities
Connective infrastructure, networks and corridors
Green roofs / Green walls
Urban ecosystem and build environment
Access and benefit sharing
Biodiversity mainstreaming
Cities and infrastructure
Ecosystem services
Erosion prevention
Genetic diversity
Legal & policy frameworks
Local actors
Species management
Sustainable financing
Urban planning
Urban and Disaster Risk Management
Sustainable urban infrastructure and services
Territorial and spatial development
Increasing temperatures
Ecosystem loss
Infrastructure development
Lack of food security
Sustainable development goals
SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
SDG 13 – Climate action
SDG 15 – Life on land
SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals


Paris, France


The greening permit has several social and environmental advantages. Firstly, it allows everyone to embellish their street, their neighbourhood, or their residence, and to get involved in the improvement of their living environment. It contributes to the greening and development of biodiversity and responds to a desire for nature in the city. It also enhances the environmental awareness of the lessees. Finally, it allows people to meet, share and create new links with their neighbours and participate in successful living together.

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Maud Lelievre IUCN French Committee, Les Eco-Maires