Before the commencement of any premises' development it is necessary to obtain a planning permission for the conversion of premises and/or the relevant building/construction works.
In accordance with the Town and Country Planning Law, development is defined as:
"The carrying out of building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under immovable property, or the making of any material change in the use of any building or other immovable property."
If there is any doubt as to whether a planning permission is needed for a particular type of development, it is possible to submit an application (A.F.9) for determination to the Planning Authority.
For certain types of development, which are defined in the General or Special Development Orders, it is not necessary to submit an application for planning permission since such permission is considered as automatically given. It should, however, be noted that it is still necessary to obtain a building permit before the commencement of any building works.
In other cases defined in the relevant Development Order, it is necessary to obtain an approval from the Planning Authority for any planning issues relating to a certain development. In such cases, the applicant shall submit the application directly to the Appropriate Local Authority which in turn must seek the approval of the Planning Authority.
Information on Planning Zones, Development Plans
The maps and plans, which are integral parts of published Development Plans, as well as detailed Planning Zones, are available to the public at the Offices of the Planning Authorities and of the District Administrations.
Such information is also available at the offices of Municipalities and Community Councils as regards their respective area. The public may purchase copies of the published Development Plans from the Government Printing Office or its agents and dealers. The development plans are also available at the website of the Department of Town Planning and Housing (www.moi.gov.cy/tph).
The staff of the Planning Authorities will make the plans available to any interested citizens and provide necessary information or indicate where more detailed information may be obtained.
Applications for planning permission may be submitted by the owner or authorised representative (the application must be signed by all co-owners of the property for which the application is made), to the competent Planning Authority (see contact details of Town Planning Authorities in related documents).
The application should be submitted in three copies and shall consist of the relevant form, completed and signed (click here for the types of forms available) and accompanied by the following original and recent documents: