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Fee Calculation Guidelines

Guidelines for Calculation of Fees

1. In the case of an application submitted on a site covered by a valid permission, where the development has not yet been completed, and the new application is proposing a decrease in the number of units/floor area for the same type of development covered by the original permission, the applicable rate is that of an amended application.
 
2. Where an application (as described in 1) proposes an increase in site area to the approved site area, the rate for amended application is NOT applicable.
 
3. Where an application is for development, or the sanctioning of development, of the same general character and description on a site in respect of which there is or has already been a development permission (which has been utilized), whether or not still in force, the fees (including ISC) payable on the new application shall be calculated by subtracting the fees on the approved development, using the current fee regulations, from that due on the new application.

4. In the case of an application to subdivide a unit (residential or non-residential), including converting a detached villa into semi-detached villas, the fee to be applied would be that for alterations (to cover the physical blocking off of access between the units) and for the new development of that type applied to the floor area of the smaller unit/s being created.

5. In the case of an application proposing a different use of part of a site, which is not yet completed (even if the change is from a commercial class to another), the fees due shall be calculated as if there was no previous application for those parts where the new use is proposed.  In the case of sanctioning of a different use from that approved, if the approved use had been in place and a change of use subsequently followed, then the rate for change of use is to be applied.  On the other hand, if the approved use was never in place, the fees due shall also be calculated as if there was no previous application for those parts where the new use is proposed.

6. In the case of an application proposing to split an approved Duplex unit into a flat and penthouse, the fee to be applied would be that for alterations (to cover the physical blocking off of access between two levels) and for a new penthouse in relation to the uppermost level.
 
7. In the case of an application to convert a semi-detached villa to a detached villa, without increasing the floor area or site area, since this brings about a reduction in the number of units, the rate for amended application shall apply.

8. In the case of applications for extensions to a number of residential units within the same development, the 20m2 covered by the rate for extensions to dwellings will be deducted from the total area being extended on all units collectively.  Where the units vary in nature, the 20m² will be deducted from the unit/s with the cheaper rate first.

9. In the case of applications for extensions to a number of commercial units within the same development, the 15m² covered by the rate for alterations will be deducted from the total area being extended on all units collectively.

10. When calculating the area for the purposes of demolition, the roofed area at each level needs to be taken into consideration, and the demolition bands are applied to the application as a whole, and not to individual units within the block covered by the application.

11. Where a commercial establishment is included in an application as a mix with a development which would fall under the definition of Social/Cultural/Sports/Educational/Forced Relocation, if this is solely accessible from within the primary (social…) use on site, and is not separately accessible through a direct external access, then this would be considered as an amenity to the main use.  Where the commercial component (solely mixed with social/cultural…) is externally directly accessible, then the fee is to be calculated by taking the entire site area at commercial rates, plus the floor area of the commercial establishment at the commercial rate (plus the floor area of the social use at the relevant rate).  Where the commercial component is also accessible to the rest of the development, internally, the exact layout will dictate which extent would be considered commercial, as this would include any area which MEPA considers could be accessible to the public independently from the main (social…) use.

12. Where an application, which falls under the category of Special Buildings or Uses, includes demolition, the DPF set out for Special Buildings or Uses shall be construed as including the demolition, which shall not be additionally separately charged.

13. In the case of applications submitted prior to the coming into force of LN 356 of 2010, where no bill has been issued yet (e.g. Awaiting approval of PC in Rationalisation site), the 1st bill issued shall be calculated using the old rates.  If the bill is not paid within the stipulated period (specified in the first letter) the bill is to be re-calculated using the latest fees regulations.