The Planning Authority (PA) established under the mandate of the Development Planning Act, 2016 (Chapter 552 of the Laws of Malta) is the national agency responsible for land use planning in Malta.

When do you need a PA permit?

Development permits from the PA relate to the type of operation that any business is engaged in. These can vary from “change of use” for existing premises to completely fresh permits for new sites. These permits take into account various factors ranging from parking facilities to environmental issues. In the process of setting up your new business activity you will require a PA permit if you are:

·       changing the function of the building the business will operate from
·       carrying out any structural changes to the premises including the façade
·       changing the use of the premises (e.g. from a residence to an office or from a garage to a warehouse)
·       building new premises such as new offices, a warehouse or a factory 
Where can I find advice or apply for such permits?
Development permits require an architect to submit your application. This can be done online through PA’s e-Application platform. It is strongly recommended that you contact your architect for further guidance prior to contacting the PA. For a list of architects registered with the Kamra tal-Periti kindly click here.

For details on the development permit fees, sewer rates, street rates and environment fees applicable for the different development options refer to the Development Planning (Fees) Regulations, 2010 (as amended). This information can be obtained from the Justice Services website.
Legislation in relation to Planning and Development may be accessed via is link​.
Planning Authority Contact Details
Planning Authority Website
last updated August 2021