Numbers that count

Number Title Description
0 ENERGY EFFICIENCY BUILDING IN GOZO The Authority has ongoing plans to redevelop its offices in Gozo into the Island's first nearly-zero-energy-building. What is a nearly-zero building all about ? The Authority’s long term goal is to continue to deliver an improved customer service for visitors to its premises in Malta and Gozo, whilst demonstrating how this can be done through refurbishment techniques that favour resource efficiency.
1 MILLION (ICT INFRASTRUCTURE) Over the past two years, the Planning Authority has invested over €1 million in ICT infrastructure. Through this investment the Authority has continued to digitize more of its processes such as Planning Control, Reconsideration and Grant Scheme applications. This continues to enable the Authority’s clients to benefit from using and apply for services directly from the comfort of their workplace. The Authority also started to carry out tests on implementing virtual applications. 
In 2018, the Authority installed a soft phone telephone system, which not only includes the possibility of video conferencing between employees but also offers the same possibility between employees and external users, such as the Periti, making communication much simpler and more effective, This service  offers the opportunity to have web meetings and also view live on-screen documentation, such as project plans and more. This makes the development control process even more efficient by eliminating time lapse for Periti to set up physical meetings with staff to discuss salient issues. 
2 MILLION SAVINGS Over the past years, the Planning Authority has introduced an efficient and cost-effective ICT strategy. Today, the processing system of each planning application is totally paperless. Thanks to this new system, the Authority is saving over €2 million on the cost of the paper alone. By the first quarter of 2019 all Planning Authority applications will be online, bringing to a conclusion the digitisation exercise. This new state of the art system gives employees the flexibility of being able to telework, offering better family-friendly measures, better use of office resources as well as decreased traffic and fuel emissions.  Such flexibility is not only beneficial to the employees but ensures that the organisation can continue being productive with fewer employees opting for reduced hours, ensuring adequate human resources to make certain that the Authority can continue to offer a timely service its clients.
3 MONTHS (COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE) The compliance certificate is a confirmation that your development is according to the planning permission. A compliance certificate issued by the Authority has a validity period of 3 months and is required if you need to apply for water and electricity. Nowadays, requests for the issue of  compliance certificates are made to the Authority online. In 2018, the Planning Authority received 9,413 requests for the issue of compliance certificates.
4 TYPES OF APPLICATIONS The Authority processes 4 different types of applications that the authority processes. The types of applications are: (1) PA applications which are processed either as an outline, full or a summary procedure (2) regularisation process application for non-sanctionable development with the development boundaries (3) development notification order (DNO) applications used for minor works and (4) dangerous structure application used to remove an existing structure which is considered to be unsafe. Before carrying out any development works please seek professional advice.
5 DAYS PRIOR TO WORKS COMMENCING 5 days prior to starting development works on site a permit holder must submit to the Planning Authority a commencement notice. The submission of a commencement notice is a mandatory requirement. Non-compliance with this requirement leads to the imposition of a fine. During 2018, the Planning Authority received 11,012  commencement notices.
6 MILLION (FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS) Over the past two years, the Planning Authority has funded over €6 million in community projects. Such projects include the development of new open spaces, the embellishment of gardens and playing fields and upgrading of urban areas. The fund which is known as the Development Planning Fund receives its financing from approved projects which cannot provide onsite parking and another percentage comes from the fees related to the regularisation applications. Projects may be proposed and carried out by local councils, NGOs, Government entities, the business community or a private individual.  
7 MILLION (SPATIAL INTEGRATION OF THE MALTESE ISLANDS) The Planning Authority has secured €7 million to carry out the SIntegraM project which is an EU funded initiative. Through this project the Authority  aims to develop and implement a national spatial data infrastructure and enhance the capacity of geo-spatial/GIS technology expertise for Malta. The project constitutes the creation of a strategic approach to spatial data, creation of critical base datasets, as well as enabling a legislative and mentality shift in terms of exchange and access to data. The project will ensure that the underlying aerial, terrestrial and bathymetric infrastructure and knowledge gain is made available to all Government entities in order for them to deliver the relevant analytical framework as required under national, EU and other international obligations. 
8 USE CLASSES ORDER CATEGORIES The Use Classes Order categorises common land uses into 8 different Classes. Changing the use of a building within the same Class does not require permission. However, changing the use of a building from one Class to another, such as changing a garage into the retail shop, requires planning permission. The acceptable use of a building is generally determined by the designation of the zone in which it is located. Before changing the use of your building please seek professional advice.  
10 MILLION EUROS IN TRAINING To ensure that PA employees and other stakeholders involved in the planning process provide a more efficient and quality service to the public, the Planning Authority managed to secure €10 million in EU funding training and development services.  Part of the funding is through the PA+ project.
11 PERCENTAGE (PA EMPLOYEES WHO TELEWORK) Over the past years, the Planning Authority has introduced a number of family friendly measures to ensure that it remains competitive in retaining and attracting a quality workforce. One of the measures is the facility for employees to telework. Infact 11 percent of Planning Authority employees telework. Teleworking also contributes towards reducing vehicle emissions, traffic and parking problems and office space.    
12 WEEKS The number 12 is associated with the maximum number of weeks an applicant is given to compile their application prior to its publication on the Department of Information website. All submitted applications and their respective drawings are available for viewing on the Authority’s online e-Application system.
14  CEMETERIES Over the past years the Planning Authority has protected, as Grade 1 and Grade 2 buildings, 14 different cemeteries. Some of these cemeteries were built in the 18th century during the British Period by famous architects who left significant landmark buildings around the Maltese Islands.  Scheduling is a planning tool the Authority uses to protect buildings, structures and landscapes that have architectural, cultural, engineering, archaelogical or ecological features that are of value.  
15 DAYS (ILLEGAL DEVELOPMENT) The Planning Authority has four different planning applications, each carrying a different process and timeframes. In the summary procedure process, a person has up to 15 days to register an interest in an application from when it is first published in the online Government Gazzette. After a grant decision is taken by the Planning Commission, the Authority must issue a permit within 15 days. 
18 MILLION (FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO RESTORE DWELLINGS) Over the past two years, the Planning Authority has made available €18million in grants to help in the regeneration of Malta’s urban conservation areas whilst promoting investment in the restoration, conservation, and maintenance of Malta’s built heritage. Through the Irrestawra Darek scheme, the Authority has targeted particular assistance to first time buyers, registered voluntary organizations, and persons with special needs.  Owners of properties in UCAs and Grade 1 and Grade 2 scheduled buildings also were eligible to benefit. 
20 % PA EMPLOYEES USING GREEN TRANSPORT MEASURES In 2017, the Planning Authority started an initiative to encourage employees to commute to work using environmentally-friendly means of transport.  It's Green Transport scheme started to provide employees with a payment allowance for those who commute on foot, bicycles or scooters to work, started providing free top-up of Tal-Linja cards and reimbursement of ferry tickets across Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour. 20 percent of PA employees signed up to this scheme.
21 MILLION (REGULARISATION  PROCESS) In August 2016, the Planning Authority had introduced a new application process to address existing developments located entirely within the development boundaries and which did not conform with current planning policies and regulations. Up until the end of 2018, the Authority had processed over 10,000 of these types of applications, generating €21 million in income. The majority of the funds collected from the Regularisation scheme are made available for the restoration of properties that are scheduled or in Urban Conservation Areas.
22  DNO CATEGORIES A Development Notification Order (DNO) is the simplest form of application that can be submitted to the Planning Authority. Within the DNO there are 22 classes.The types of developments permitted through this procedure, listed in the Classes, are usually those which do have a negative impact on the respective neighbourhood. Some forms of development listed in specific Classes can be carried out without any form of notification to the Authority. 
27 LOCALITIES Over the past two years, 27 localities benefitted from the Planning Authority funds for community improvement projects. Sixty-nine community projects have or are being funded in all these localities. The Authority uses this fund to finance urban improvement projects such as the development of new open spaces, the embellishment of gardens and playing fields and upgrading of urban areas. The fund which is known as the Development Planning Fund receives its financing from projects which cannot provide onsite parking and a percentage comes from the fees related to the regularisation applications. Projects may be proposed to be carried out by local councils, NGOs, Government entities, the business community or a private individual.
30 DAYS (FULL DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION) The Planning Authority has 4 different types of development applications. Each application type has its own timeframes and processes which need to be followed. A person has 30 days to register an interest, which may include an objection from when a full development application is published on the Department of Information website. During the processing of an application, the Authority gives 30 days to all external consultees for them to scrutinise an application and submit comments and proposed conditions. After an application is decided an applicant or a registered representee has 30 days to appeal a planning decision. 
34 RESIDENCES OF PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Over these past two years, the Authority has made €18 million available as part of the Irrestawra Darek grant scheme. This scheme helps the regeneration of Malta’s urban consservation areas whilst promoting investment in the restoration, conservation and maintenance of Malta’s built heritage. In 2018, through this scheme the Authority financially assisted 34 residences in urban conservation areas, occupied by persons with special needs, to help make the premises more accessible. 
35 PERCENTAGE (PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND VALIDATED) During 2018, the Authority validated 11,753 applications, whilst during 2016, the Authority validated 7,588 planning applications.  Therefore the Planning Authority saw a 35 percent increase in the number of planning applications received and validated in 2018 when compared to 2016.
36 MUXRABIJAS During 2016, the Planning Authority scheduled, with a Grade 2 protection, 36 properties which incorporate, within their facade, the rare Mediterranean architectural feature consisting of a window-like element known as the muxrabija. In Maltese architecture, the earliest version of the muxrabija, dates back to the late Middle Ages (1300-1400) and were probably introduced through cultural contacts the Islands had with the Arab world. Muxrabiji that carry a security component are most commonly found in the villages whose inhabitants lived away from the safety of Mdina and fortified cities around the harbour area. This is evident in the geographic distribution of the surviving specimen.
37  VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS Over these past two years, the Authority has made €18 million available as part of the Irrestawra Darek grant scheme. This scheme helps the regeneration of Malta’s urban consservation areas whilst promoting investment in the restoration, conservation and maintenance of Malta’s built heritage. In 2018, the Planning Authority offered financial assistance to 37 voluntary organisations to carry out restoration and conservation works on the facade of their premises/offices. 
42  DAYS (SUMMARY PROCEDURE) In 2016, the Planning Authority introduced the Summary Procedure applications. This development application relates to a variety of development proposals from the construction of new residential buildings (not in an UCA, ODZ or villa or bungalow areas) to developments related to minor works. By law, the Authority has a maximum of 42 days to process a Summary Procedure application. The timeframe starts when an application is published on the online Government Gazette.  
50 WINDMILLS Over the past years, the Planning Authority has protected, as Grade 1 buildings, 50 windmills. Most of these windmills were built while Malta was under the rule of the Order of St. John, the era of GrandMaster Cottoner and GrandMaster Manoel de Vilhena. A number of others were built during the British Colonial period.
69  COMMUNITY PROJECTS Over the past two years, the Planning Authority has funded 69 community projects to a value of over €6 million. Such projects include the development of new open spaces, the embellishment of gardens and playing fields, and upgrading of urban areas. The fund which is known as the Development Planning Fund receives its financing from projects that cannot provide onsite parking and a percentage comes from the fees related to the regularisation applications. Projects may be proposed and carried out by local councils, NGOs, Government entities, business community and private individuals.  
80 TONNES Over the past years, the Planning Authority has worked tirelessly to ensure that it reduces the carbon footprint of its offices in Floriana.  With new apertures, insulation and installation of PVs, the resulting reduction in CO2 emissions is equivalent to 80 tonnes a year. Through this project, energy savings for the Authority amount to 35%.
95 PERCENTAGE (APPROVAL RATE OF PLANNING DECISIONS) With the new legislation and regulatory procedures introduced in 2016, the Planning Authority has simplified planning policies to make them more relevant to Malta’s economic and social dimensions without compromising the natural heritage of the Island. In 2018, the Authority approved a total of 95 percentage of PA applications. 
100 DAYS (PROCESS OF A FULL DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION) One of the development application types the Authority processes is known as the full development application. By law the Authority has a maximum 100 days within which to process this type of application. The timeframe starts when an application is validated and is published in the Department of Information website. If the Authority oversteps this target date, it is obliged to financially compensate the applicant. 
102 PROTECTED RESIDENCES Over these past two years, the Authority has made €18 million available as part of the Irrestawra Darek grant scheme. This scheme helps the regeneration of Malta’s urban consservation areas whilst promoting investment in the restoration, conservation and maintenance of Malta’s built heritage. Within these two years, the Authority has financially assisted 102 residences which are protected Grade 1 or 2.
219 STOP & ENFORCEMENT NOTICES Before issuing an enforcement notice, the Authority always tries its best to persuade contravenors to remove the illegal development or else seek to obtain permission by submitting a sanctioning application to the Authority. In 2018, the Authority issued a total of 219 stop and enforcement notices.
320 FIRST TIME BUYERS Over these past two years, the Authority has made €18 million available as part of the Irrestawra Darek grant scheme. This scheme helps the regeneration of Malta’s urban consservation areas whilst promoting investment in the restoration, conservation and maintenance of Malta’s built heritage. In 2017, the Planning Authority financially assisted a total of 320 first time buyers to help restore and conserve their newly acquired property. 
447 HISTORICAL BUILDINGS

In 2018, the Authority granted planning permission for restoration works to be carried out in  447 historical buildings. To further encourage property owners to restore and conserve our heritage buildings, the Authority has waivered its planning application fee.