This Directorate is responsible for the promotion and control of proper land development, both public and private, in accordance with approved policies and plans. It seeks to achieve sustainable development throughout the Maltese Islands through the preparation and implementation of development plans and policies. This directorate is segmented into two divisions namely: the Forward Planning Division and the Development Services Division.
Through the Plan Making and Policy Development Unit, the Forward Planning Division formulates and proposes guidelines and development briefs that in turn become planning policies. This Unit is also responsible for processing planning control applications and giving policy guidance on local plans or other MEPA approved or emergent policies. The Transport Planning Unit, within this division is responsible for offering technical advice on issues related to transport such as the management and assessment of traffic impact statements and parking provisions associated with development applications.
The Heritage Planning Unit, which is another compliment of Forward Planning administers the scheduling process of designated cultural, archaeological and natural sites, remains, areas or other property and manages the National Protective Inventory. The Minerals Unit is responsible for the processing of development permit applications for new quarries and extensions to existing mineral operations and the monitoring of quarry sites and related operations (including vibrations, noise etc.).
The Development Control Unit within the Development Services Division is the engine house where the processing of development permit applications is carried out, from the pre-submission meetings to the preparation of planning application reports. This unit is also responsible for processing Development Notification clearances and with taking decisions on certain applications under delegated powers. A Major projects team handles the processing of larger scale developments and national projects.
The division has an enforcement arm through the Enforcement Unit, this unit is divided into two sections. The Enforcement section is responsible for inspecting, monitoring and tackling development cases that are breaching development planning permit conditions. The Unit is responsible also for enforcing the Construction Site Management regulations and the Vacant Sites Initiative. Supplementary to this unit is the Direct Action section that commissions the demolition of illegal development.
The Gozo office is equipped and responsible for processing development permit applications on the Island and handles enforcement cases both with respect to planning and environment protection. Planning applications that are considered as Major Projects and direct action operations in Gozo are handled by the respective units in Malta. Environment Protection Directorate
Environmental Permitting and Industry Unit (UNIT A), is responsible for the environmental permitting and compliance auditing of industrial installations including those involved in waste management. The unit manages the areas of integrated permitting and compliance, volatile organic compounds, industry and urban waste water, and coordinates EPD input on the control of major-accident hazards (Seveso). The Unit contributes to the development of EU and national legislation in these fields. It and also provides guidance to industry on Best Available Techniques, Emissions limits and the development of better regulation initiatives. The Unit also coordinates the implementation of the Water Framework Directive from a coastal and inland surface water perspective, and water monitoring for these waters under the Nitrates Directive.
- Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control
- European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR)
- Environmental Permitting of hotels and other facilities with marine discharges
- Environmental Permitting of pharmaceutical facilities
- Environmental Permitting of waste management facilities
Tel: 22907229 / 22907323
- GBR Registrations
Tel: 22907229 / 22907234
- Hull Cleaning
Tel: 22907323 / 22907231
- Environmental Permitting of Quarries
- Ozone Depleting substances (ODS)
- Urban Waste Water Treatment
- VOC Solvents
- Waste Brokers
- Waste Carriers
- Environmental Permitting of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment
The Environmental Assessment Unit (Unit B) coordinates the Environment Protection Directorate's assessment of development projects and the EPD's role on related matters. In particular, the unit manages: the technical assessment of environmentally-relevant proposals at screening and post-validation stages as well as the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Habitats Directive Assessment (Appropriate Assessment) processes. Among other related functions, the unit is also the EPD's primary liaison with the Planning Directorate. The Unit also coordinates MEPA's function as a statutory consultee in the Strategic Environmental Assessment process, advising plan proponents and the SEA authorities on environmental issues at the screening and scoping stages of the process, and coordinating comments on environmental reports and draft plans or programmes. The Environmental Assessment Unit also represents environmental interests in planning-related fora and in the formulation of environmentally-relevant legislation, policy and operating procedures. The unit is also responsible for environmental permitting in relation to works that affect trees and rubble walls.
- EPD Consultations & Appropriate Assessment
- Environmental permitting (trees & rubble walls)
The Ecosystems Management Unit (Unit C), coordinates activities, policy and strategies related to MEPA's response in the areas of ecosystems management, nature protection, GMOs and biosafety. This includes, amongst others, issues related to the EC Habitats Directive and the Natura 2000 Network of Protected Areas, the EC Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), terrestrial and marine protected areas, habitat and species protection and management, nature permitting applications and processes and the implementation and follow-up of EU-funded projects related to biodiversity and nature protection.
- Manager Ecosystems Management
- Nature Protection General Enquiries & Requests for Information
- Site Designation & Management
- Marine Strategy
- Marine Species
- Terrestrial Species
- Biodiversity Reporting
- GMOs and Biosafety
- Nature Permitting
- Carnet de Chasse
- Invasive Species
- Biodiversity Strategy
The Waste, Air, Radiation and Noise Unit (UNIT D), coordinates MEPA input in the following policy areas: waste management, air quality, radiation and noise. The work of Unit D also includes the administration of transfrontier shipment of waste, and the management of the air quality monitoring network.
- Team D1 Waste Management (WEEE)
- Team D2 Air, Noise and Radiation (General)
- Team D3 Transfrontier Shipment (TFS), Consignment Permits/Notes & Shipments of Green List Waste