Most people consider property development to be less than
straight forward, especially with our current set of stringent
development guidelines, the majority of which require permission
from the Planning Minister, Senator Freddie Cohen, or his
However, the tide may be turning against the notion of
"permission for everything", as Senator Cohen is
due to increase the number of permitted developments which will not
require an application.
While the minister continues to review the relevant legislation,
planning permission will now not be required for at least the
To convert your garage into a habitable space on the basis that
the car parking space(s) are replaced
To carry out your long-awaited loft conversation for habitable
To re-clad your roof
To extend an industrial or warehouse building by 10%
IFor those who are concerned that the new amendments will cause
a 'free for all' in private development, the majority
of the increases in the categories of development for which
permission is not required will be coupled with strict conditions
to prevent any detrimental neighbour impact. Plus, the changes are
not intended to apply to both listed and proposed listed
Many will see the new revisions as a step in the right
direction, but one must still be careful when carrying out
development. It is suggested that independent legal advice is taken
before considering projects where any uncertainty arises, as
non-compliance with the law can result in criminal sanction.
The decision to increase the number of permitted developments is
considered mutually beneficial for the Island, as it will allow the
individual greater freedom to extend and improve their properties
without becoming embroiled in timeconsuming applications, while
also reducing the application burden on the planning department.
The department estimates that the new amendments will cause
approximately 400 applications per year to fall away.
Other changes mean that Islanders will now be allowed to install
a bio-digester private sewage treatment system, where there is no
risk of polluting the groundwater, instead of having to used tight
tanks which can be expensive to maintain and operate. However, the
installation of a sewage treatment system will require planning and
People will also be able to change the use of a building without
requiring planning permission, such as converting a retail premises
into an office. It is also anticipated that existing permitted
developments will also receive a significant overhaul with size
limits and scope of permitted work generally being increased.
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The process for obtaining planning permission for development of property in the Cayman Islands has been updated as a result of the latest revision of the Development and Planning Law and accompanying regulations (July 2015).
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