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Development Planning


Development Planning is regulated under the provisions of the Environment and Development Planning Act (Chapter 504 of the Laws of Malta) and a number of Regulations, Plans, Policies and Guidelines issued under the authority of the said Act. Through its vast experience and exposure in the area, our Firm can provide legal advice and consultations, to Periti (architects) or end clients, on the various aspects of Development Planning Law including:

  • Environmental Impact Assessments and other Assessment;
  • Planning Description Statement;
  • Development Consent Submissions;
  • Plan and Policy interpretation;
  • Submissions, Representation and Procedures before the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal (EPRT) and the Courts of Justice;
  • Consultation processes;
  • Development Planning consent research;
  • Cultural Heritage and property Scheduling and Protection.

Development Planning is regarded as an essential consideration for anyone wanting to own or engage in any other manner in property in Malta. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Simplification of Administrative Processes and is regulated and enforced by MEPA. All property development, including alterations and use are regulated, and development permits are required. Such permits are processed by MEPA and vary from soft procedures for minor changes to full development applications for the majority of cases. Development Consent procedures are open to public consultations and the vast majority of cases are determined in public hearings. Applicants and third parties may make written and oral submissions throughout the development application process, and third parties are granted various statutory rights, including the right to contest a development permit. Contestations of development permits can be made before the EPRT and/or the Courts of Justice. Development Permits are invariably a pre-requisite to anyone seeking to transfer, acquire, lease or finance any immovable property. It will also be required for any ancillary licensing processes such as trade licences for tourist and commercial establishments, including hotels. An established and rigorous enforcement process addressing illegal development is contained is in place.

Links:

Office of the Prime Minister

Mepa

Kamra tal-Periti

Malta Developers Association

Superintendent of Cultural Heritage


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