Building and Land Use Permits

1. When do you need a Building and Land Use Permit?

You need a Building and Land Use Permit to:

  1. display an advertising sign
  2. extend your home
  3. subdivide a plot of land among heirs or/and excision of one lot of land.
  4. demolish a structure/building.
  5. use of electric engines/motors.
  6. erect a boundary wall along the road or a boundary wall higher than 1.8m between neighbours.
  7. change the use of the building causing material change.
  8. start up a business.
  9. change the use of a building or plot of land.

2. When are you exempted from application of a Building and Land Use Permit?

You are exempted from application of a Building and Land Use Permit if the application is a home based activity according to the Planning Policy Guidance.

Examples of potentially acceptable small scale enterprises include cooking of sweets and food preparation, sewing and small scale clothing manufacture, repairs of electrical goods, artist studios, offices such as bookkeeping, administration, professional services etc.

3. What are the documents required for a Building and Land Use Permit for land use?

Please consult the application forms or the Building and Land Use Guide.

4. Should I talk to the Land Use and Planning Officer before submitting an application?

Yes. You should talk to your area Inspector about the plans before you submit your Building and Land Use Permit application. When you need a permit for a new house or extension to a house, issues like the setbacks of the side walls from the boundary or the height of the building has to be according to Regulations and the Planning Policy Guidelines.