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Class 1

ALTERATIONS TO EXISTING BUILDINGS AND DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE CARTILAGE OF BUILDINGS

General Provisions
All permitted structures described below shall be subject to the following (where applicable):
(i)  Any non residential development shall be permitted:
(a) results in the creation of additional, separate units or in a change of use; or
(b) requires an increase in parking provision.
(ii) Wherever the rear of the building is located on a ridge or on the development boundary or within 30 metres from the shoreline, development as permitted by this Class on the roof of a building shall be set back at least 3 metres from the rear façade of the underlying floor, unless it is located behind and screened by an existing parapet wall and is not higher than such wall.
(iii) All permitted structures described in this Class that are above ground level in UCAs and are visible from outside the building, shall be constructed in natural stone or with a stone finish.
(iv) The hacking, or drastic cleaning of stonework by means of grit-blasting, sand-blasting, high-pressure water jets, compressed air, extensive sanding or abrasion, or other similarly interventions that would adversely affect any building (or structure) of historical value or cultural heritage value, is not permitted.

1.1(i) Internal alterations
1.1(ii) (a) Alteration or replacement of apertures
1.1(ii) (b) Provision of security bars, projecting wrought iron windows or security windows 
1.1(iii) Water tanks
1.1(iv) Solar panels and photovoltaic panels
1.1(v) Chimneys and flues
1.1(vi) Water cisterns or reservoirs 
1.1(vii) Secondary storages of fuel (low capacity reserve)
1.1(viii) The installation of LPG storage tanks
1.2(i) Extensions to single-dwelling building
1.2(ii) Extensions to buildings containing more than one dwelling 
1.2(iii) Extensions to non-residential buildings
1.2(iv) Roof structures
12(v) Parapet walls and party walls
1.2(vi) Changes to doorways, window apertures and other similar dwellings
1.2(vii) Replacement of timber balconies
1.2(viii) Basements
1.2(ix) Backyard development
1.2(x) Secondary storages of fuel
1.3(i) Swimming pools

1.1(i) Internal alterations
Notification:
A notification is required in schedules property, designated areas, UCA and ODZ
Conditions and other provisions: Works should not increase the number of dwellings; number of commercial outlets and floor space; non residential units; change of use of buildings; reconstruction of roofs; results in a change of use or requires an increase in parking provision in relation to non residential development. Not permitted if building is in itself listed or scheduled.
Fee: €60

1.1(ii) (a) Alteration or replacement of apertures
Notification: A notification is required in UCA, ODZ, listing buildings and scheduled property
Conditions and other provisions: Apertures refers to windows, doors, balconies (excluding timber balconies), gates and other similar façade elements. Sanctioning is not permitted. In UCAs, ODZ, in designated areas, and in or within 30 metres of schedules property, the works shall:
(a) be carried out in the same style, design and materials in accordance with the applicable design guidance for the area; and
(b) not be finished in unpainted material (including gold, silver or bronze aluminum) or other visually intrusive material, style, design or coloration, even where previously existing.
Fee: €60

1.1(ii) (b) Provision of security bars, projecting wrought iron windows or security windows
Notification:
A notification is required in UCA, ODZ, listing buildings and scheduled property but sanctioning is not permitted if the building is in itself listed or scheduled. 
Conditions and other provisions: Apertures refers to windows, doors, balconies (excluding timber balconies), gates and other similar façade elements. In UCAs, ODZ, in designated areas, and in or within 30 metres of schedules property, the works shall;
(a) be carried out in the same style, design and materials in accordance with the applicable design guidance for the area; and
(b) not be finished in unpainted material (including gold, silver or bronze aluminum) or other visually intrusive material, style, design or coloration, even where previously existing.
Fee: €60
 
1.1(iii) Water tanks
Notification: A notification is not required
Conditions and other provisions: Includes related apparatus and screening

1.1(iv) Solar panels and photovoltaic panels
Notification: A notification is not required
Conditions and other provisions: Includes related apparatus and screening

1.1(v) Chimneys and flues
Notification: A notification is not required
Conditions and other provisions: Residential buildings only

.1.1(vi) Water cisterns or reservoirs
Notification: A notification is not required but it is not permitted Not permitted in scheduled property; in a designated area and within the UCAs of Valletta, Floriana, Mdina, Rabat, Bormla, Isla, Birgu, Victoria and Cittadella in Gozo.
Conditions and other provisions: Reservoir shall be ancillary to an existing building and be located entirely within its curtilage subject that the cistern or reservoir shall
(a) not be higher than 1.2 metres measured externally above ground level;
(b) not exceed 100 sq.mts. total area measured externally and in case it is located ODZ it shall not exceed total area of 36 sq.mts
(c) in no case serve for, or involve the creation of, a borehole that is not authorised by the Malta Resources Authority according to law. 
(d) In case that development lies ODZ,  the cistern or reservoir when constructed wholly underground shall lie below the footprint of an existing building or paved area.


1.1(vii) Secondary storages of fuel (low capacity reserve)
Notification: A notification is not required
Conditions and other provisions: Petrol less than 60 litres; Kerosene, diesel, fuel oil and gas oil less than 300 litres. Provided that the site is located within the approved structures of :
(a) a licensed operational animal farm;
(b) a hotel or tourist accommodation project with a site area larger than 500m2;
(c) industrial or warehousing development located within an approved industrial estate;
(d) industrial or warehousing development not located within an approved industrial estate and with a site area larger than 500m2; The installation shall not be located on the roof of buildings or structures located within scheduled property, designated areas, UCA or ODZ. The installation is subject to clearance from MRA

.1.1(viii) The installation of LPG storage tanks
Notification: A notification is required in schedules property, designated areas, UCA and ODZ
Conditions and other provisions: The installation of LPG tanks shall adhere with the following:
(a) where the tank is located above ground, it shall not exceed a capacity of 1250 litres;
(b) where the tank is located wholly underground, the capacity shall not exceed 4050 litres;
(c) if the site falls within scheduled property or located ODZ, it shall be installed totally underground.
(d) where the tank is installed in the front garden, side gardens and backyards, internal yards and shafts the applicable provisions of Development Control Policy and Design Guidance shall apply;
(e) not be located on the roof of existing building; and
(f) the installation of LPG tank shall be subject to clearance from Malta Resources Authority.
The installation of LPG storage tanks is not permitted within the UCAs of Valletta, Floriana, Mdina, Rabat, Bormla, Isla, Birgu, Victoria and Cittadella in Gozo.
Fee: €120

1.2(i) Extensions to single-dwelling building
Notification: A notification is required in all areas but it is not permitted in Scheduled property, ODZ (except for Category 1 settlements) and within the UCAs of Valletta, Floriana, Mdina, Rabat, Bormla, Isla, Birgu, Victoria and Cittadella in Gozo.
Conditions and other provisions: Extension not located at roof level and the side coverage and height limitations applicable to the sites are not to be exceeded; The extension must not result in the creation of a separate dwelling unit.
Fee: €120


 1.2(ii) Extensions to buildings containing more than one dwelling 
Notification:
A notification is required in all areas but it is not permitted in Scheduled property, ODZ (except for Category 1 settlements) and within the UCAs of Valletta, Floriana, Mdina, Rabat, Bormla, Isla, Birgu, Victoria and Cittadella in Gozo.
Conditions and other provisions: Extension not located at roof level and the side coverage and height limitations applicable to the sites are not to be exceeded; The extension must not result in the creation of a separate dwelling unit.
Fee: €120


1.2(iii) Extensions to non-residential buildings
Notification: A notification is required in all areas but it is not permitted in Scheduled property, ODZ (except for Category 1 settlements) and within the UCAs of Valletta, Floriana, Mdina, Rabat, Bormla, Isla, Birgu, Victoria and Cittadella in Gozo.
Conditions and other provisions: Only one extension permitted. Not permitted for Industrial Building located outside Industrial Zone. Results in a change of use or requires an increase in parking provision.
Fee: €120

1.2(iv) Roof structures
Notification: A notification is required in all areas but it is not permitted in Scheduled property, ODZ (except for Category 1 settlements) and within the UCAs of Valletta, Floriana, Mdina, Rabat, Bormla, Isla, Birgu, Victoria and Cittadella in Gozo 
Conditions and other provisions: Roof structures includes residential rooms at roof of terraced houses and maisonette development conforming to specification in the Development Control Policy and Design Guidance applicable at the time of notifications; washrooms; plant and lift rooms; stairwells; and stairhoods.
Fee: €120

12(v) Parapet walls and party walls
Notification: A notification is required in all areas but it is not permitted on the façade of a building located in UCA, in Scheduled property, and in ODZ (except for Category 1 settlements).
Conditions and other provisions: Party walls at roof level shall step down towards the front to the height of the parapet wall on the façade.  On the façade of building the wall shall:(a)not be higher than 1.2 metres above existing roof level; and
(b)be constructed in the same style of the façade and aesthetically compatible with their locations.
Fee: €60

1.2(vi) Changes to doorways, window apertures and other similar dwellings
Notification:
A notification is required in all areas but it is not permitted in Scheduled property, listed buildings, ODZ (except for Category 1 settlements) and within the UCAs of Valletta, Floriana, Mdina, Rabat, Bormla, Isla, Birgu, Victoria and Cittadella in Gozo.
Conditions and other provisions: Changes to size, style, form, position or number of openings subject that:
(a)do not materially alter the character and /or context of the building and its surroundings;
(b)do not involve the creation of a garage or the formation of a new vehicular access;
Fee: €60

1.2(vii) Replacement of timber balconies
Notification:
A notification is required in all areas but it is not required if the development is part of an approved improvement scheme
Conditions and other provisions: Balconies to be in same traditional style, design, materials and finishing as the existing
Fee: €60
  
1.2(viii) Basements
Notification: A notification is required in all areas but it is not permitted in Scheduled property, ODZ (except for Category 1 settlements) and within the UCAs of Valletta, Floriana, Mdina, Rabat, Bormla, Isla, Birgu, Victoria and Cittadella in Gozo.
Conditions and other provisions: One level of basement under the footprint, backyard, or front garden of an existing building subject that:
(a) it does not involve the creation of a new access to a road;
(b) it is to be used for a purpose ancillary to the existing se of the building;
(c) where the rear of the building is located on a ridge or on the development boundary or within 30 metres from the shoreline, the basement is either limited to the footprint of the building and/or area under the front garden;
(d) in the case where the building is a villa or a bungalow, a basement shall be limited to the footprint of the building only; and
(e) if ancillary to an industrial building, it is not located outside land zoned for industrial development in the development plans.
(f) It shall not Result in a change of use or increase in parking provision in relation to non residential development.
Fee: €120

1.2(ix) Backyard development
Notification: A notification is required in all areas but it is not permitted in Scheduled property, ODZ (except for Category 1 settlements).
Conditions and other provisions: Structure in relation to existing dwelling subject that it shall not:
(a) exceed a total external footprint of 9.3 square metres, including any already existing building or other structure in the backyard;
(b) have a head room higher than 2.5 metres above existing floor level;
(c) have a permanent access to its roof;
(d) infringe on the minimum permissible backyard (measured from the rear wall of the dwelling) as defined in article 6 of this Class;
(e) be located within the backyard of a property that lies ODZ or within a backyard that lies ODZ.
Fee: €120

1.2(x) Secondary storages of fuel
Notification: All areas
Conditions and other provisions: Within scheduled property, in designated areas, UCA or ODZ, the installation shall not be located on the roof of buildings or structures; Prior written authorization from MRA shall be submitted. Petrol between 60 litres and 300 litres, Kerosene, diesel, fuel oil and gas oil between 300 litres and 3000 litres has to be installed within:
(a) an operational animal farm;
(b) a hotel or tourist accommodation project with a site area larger than 500m2; industrial or warehousing development located within an approved industrial estate; or
(c) industrial or warehousing development not located within an approved industrial estate and with a site area larger than 500m2.
Fee: €120

1.3(i) Swimming pools
Notification: A notification is required in all areas but it is not permitted in Scheduled property, ODZ (except for Category 1 settlements) and within the UCAs of Valletta, Floriana, Mdina, Rabat, Bormla, Isla, Birgu, Victoria and Cittadella in Gozo.
Conditions and other provisions: this category also include ancillary reservoir and pump chamber. Development shall not be located on the roof of building and shall not entail encroachment onto undeveloped coastal land, onto a valley bed or watercourse, or onto other land that is not existing developed land entirely confined within the existing boundary of the development to which it is ancillary.
Fee: €60