What are the steps for the Building and Land Use Permit application?

There are steps to get a planning permit:

A pre-application meeting helps you find out if and how your application fits in to the Port Louis Outline Scheme and the Planning Policy Guidelines.

When you submit a Building and Land Use Permit application, Council gives the application a reference number and an effective date.

Council cannot consider and decide an application if you do not give all the information we need.

Council may ask you for more information if needed such as clearances from other authorities.

You have to advertise and display site notification if the proposed project may affect people in a negative way.

People may disagree with the plans and object to the application. Hearing is convened to hear both parties when official complaints are made against a proposed development.

Council can make three (3) different types of decision about an application:

1. Approved

2. Rejected.

3. Approved with modication

Why have a pre-application meeting?

Badly prepared applications delay Council’s processing of your application.

A pre-application meeting helps your application set processed faster.

A pre-application meeting does not guarantee that a permit will be issued.

At a pre-application meeting, Council’s Officer will:

Check if the Outline Planning Scheme allows the application.

Talk about possible changes to your application to improve the chance of it being supported. Changing your plans early will save you the time and money involved in having to change your finalised plans later.

Tell you any extra information you need to submit with your application to avoid delays.

Answer any question you may have liked.

Processing of your application.

Who will be involved.

Which types of application for Building and Land Use Permit require Minister’s approval?

Development along

– 1. Along a mountain reserve, or a river reserve, or a motorway.

2. for use as a night club, private club or place of public worship.

3. For the carrying on of any activity licensed under the Gambling Regulatory Authority Act, or

4. For the carrying out of such other activity as may be prescribed.

How long an application will take to be determined?

An application is registered when all the particulars/information/documents according to the application forms and are conforming to the different planning tools for land development is submitted.

The Building and Land Use Permit is granted within 14 working days, if the application is complete.

For applications within the buffer zone of the Aapravasi Ghat, development along motorways/river reserve/mountain reserve, the due date for issue of Building and Land Use Permit is not applicable.

If further information/particulars are required, you will be allowed 4 weeks to submit same.

If you fail to submit within the 4 weeks, an additional 4 weeks is granted and your application will be set aside if you do not submit the required information within the abovementioned period and a fresh application should be submitted.