Planning permission is generally required before you start developing premises. The Town and Country Planning Law defines development 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 permit is needed for a particular type of development, the relevant planning authority can make a determination. For this process, you must submit application ΕΑ9.
For development under General or Special Development Orders, planning permission is not required. Building works, however, do still require a building permit.
For any other planning issues related to development, approval must be sought from the Planning Authority. In such cases, the applicant must submit the application directly to the appropriate local authority.
Planning zones and development plans
The planning authorities and the district administrations have development plans that contain maps and plans, as well as detailed planning zones that are available to the public. Staff at the planning authority can answer your questions and help you locate plans.
Information is also available at municipalities and community councils. The public may purchase copies of development plans from the Government Printing Office or its agents and dealers, or find them on the Department of Town Planning and Housing website (www.moi.gov.cy/tph).
Applications for planning permission should be submitted by the owner or their authorised representative (the application must be signed by all co-owners of the property), to the relevant planning authority (provided at the link). The application should be submitted in three copies of the following documents:
The planning authority has three months from the date of submission of an application to come to a decision, although it may exceed this time period if more data needs collection or other authorities and/or bodies need to be consulted in the decision-making process. In any case, the applicant must wait for the authority to reply regarding their decision on the planning permission. If granted, the town planning permit issued by the planning authority is valid for a period of three years from the date of issue, unless otherwise stated.