The Malta Independent 23 September 2019, Monday

Regularisation scheme to be extended - fees to remain the same for another year

Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 14:10 Last update: about 2 months ago

The Executive Council of the Planning Authority has decided to extend the regularisation scheme by a further year without increasing the applicable rates, the PA said in a statement.

Over the past three years, the Planning Authority has received over 13,000 submissions from owners who wished to regularise their non-sanctionable property. Of these, just under 12,000 submissions got validated resulting in nearly €29 million in revenue through this scheme alone.

The majority of the monies collected from this scheme, up to 70%, are utilised for community schemes such as the ever popular Irrestawra Darek grant scheme. 20% is allocated towards the Development Planning Fund, to be utilised by localities in community improvement projects.

Back in August 2016, the Authority launched the regularisation scheme with the prime purpose of facilitating the sale of properties which were idle on the market due to irregularities that were not sanctionable. Regularisation can only be considered if a property is located entirely within the development boundaries and appears in the Authority’s aerial photos of 2016 – nothing after. The illegality cannot be creating an injury to amenity and the use of the building must be according to current policies.

If one of these conditions cannot be satisfied, then the scheme cannot be applied. The applicable fee is calculated on the total and combined roofed over area of each floor of the property being regularised. 

Property owners who wish to regularise their non-sanctionable property in the coming 12 months will not be charged a surcharge of 25%, as is prescribed in Legal Notice 285/16. Following the overwhelming response in applications received over the past three years, the Planning Authority decided to retain the applicable rate for a further year, giving owners the chance to benefit from this opportunity.   

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