A development is defined as the “carrying out of any building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under land, or the making of any material change in the use of any buildings or other land”.
Town & Country Planning Act, 2011 Section 5 
Approval for each development is a legal requirement to ensure public safety and proper management of land use.
1. a timber structure
2. a container
3. alterations/improvement of a building
4. renovation/change of roof
5. new building
6. food for the poor structures
The Building Act, Town and Country Planning Act, Local Improvement Act, Natural Resource Conservation Authority, Local Authority Act etc
You will be:
In respect of the Town & Country Planning Act 1957 (Amended 1999), a Stop Notice and an Enforcement Notice can be served on an owner/occupier and if he or she fails to obey the notices, a fine up to one million dollars ($1,000,000) can be imposed and, thereafter, a fine of five thousand dollars ($5,000) per day if the development continues and, in the event of a Court conviction, your property could be forfeited.
A building is:
a) A physical structure, whether a temporary structure or not, and any part thereof or any architectural or engineering product or work erected or constructed on, over or under land or the sea or other body of water; and
(b) includes a domestic building, public building and a building of the warehouse and public class;
A building code, or building control, is a set of rules that specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed objects. The main purpose of the building code is to protect public health, safety and general welfare as it relates to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures. The building code becomes law when formally enacted by the appropriate authority.
A building permit is a formal approval from a municipal authority to construct, modify, extend or renovate any structure.
If you do not intend to build within the initial six (6) months after approval has been issued, please take the plans back to the municipal authority to get them revalidated. The fee is 10% of the original building fee or a minimum of $5,000.
A permit may only be revalidated for two (2) years, that is a total of 4 times. After that, a new plan must be submitted.
For building applications, the following are required: –
The number of copies required for specific submissions/applications are as follows:
Developments requiring more than 6 sets of plans is dependent on whether they require planning permission from NEPA or not.
The approximate approval time for residential plans is 6 to 8 weeks and 3 to 6 months for commercial plans. Approval time for commercial plans depend on the number of agencies that need to give recommendations on the plan.
The building approval process takes place in the following phases:
A building permit is renewable up to a maximum of three (3) consecutive six (6) month periods. Any subsequent request shall result in a new application being made to the relevant local authority.
Yes, an approval may be amended by returning the building permit, conditions and stamped plans, along with the new plans for an amendment to the approval. The fees for amendments to residential and commercial applications are $3,500 and $9,750 respectively.
• Minimum Building Setback from property boundaries
(a)15-20 feet minimum from front property boundary (or check requirement on title of the property)
(b) 5 feet from side boundary for single story buildings only. For other buildings above single story, the requirement varies. Checks should be made with the Council (or check incumberances on title of property)
• Density – the amount of habitable rooms (All per acre. Minimum 30 habitable rooms per acre.)
• Amenity Area – For multi-family buildings i.e. apartment buildings, space must be set aside for recreational and landscaping purposes, including swimming pools, communal lounges, etc. for general recreational purposes at the following rates: studio unit 150 sq ft/unit; one bedroom unit 300 sq. ft./unit; two bedroom
A subdivision is when land is split into two or more pieces or parcels for sale, gift or lease. The regulations of Local Improvements Act govern this process so that:
If a subdivision plan does not go through the correct process, problems may arise such as a residential area being located in a hazard/flood zone or a customer buying land from someone who is not the owner and thus not being able to obtain their title.
A subdivision plan is a large scale map showing the surveyed land space as well as other information required by the Municipal Corporation, including, but not limited to:
If your application has been refused, the municipal authority is required to do the following:
An environmental permit is required to begin any construction, enterprise or development of a prescribed nature anywhere in the island and the territorial sea.
For building and planning applications, documents should be submitted in PDF.
The application goes through a 3-day assessment period to determine if it meets the checklist requirements. An automatically generated letter is then sent to the client, stating the action that will be taken by the entity. Within or after the 3-day period, an e-notification would be sent, stating either acceptance or rejection, and the actions to be taken thereafter. The process does not commence, however, unless full payment is made.
Each environmental permit is valid for two (2) years.
You need a permission to:
The following applications can be submitted online:
Users can register to use JDAP by selecting the Register button on the Log In screen. The page will redirect to a user registration screen where the user will be asked if they have a Customer Number.
Non-registered users will only have access to general information and the public search, while a registered user will be able to:
The main entities involved in the processing of building approval applications are:
Other supporting entities are: