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Ministry of Interior planning amnesty announcement

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR

With respect to a certain company’s advertisement, as well as other relevant adverts in the press, regarding the provision of services, for a fee, for the submission of applications based on the “Planning Amnesty” Laws, the Ministry of the Interior wishes to inform the public of the following:

  1. Any individual or legal entity may apply directly to the Authorities, which are defined by legislation, and submit an application for the legalisation of building irregularities or for the issue of updated title deeds, provided that he co-operates with a professional engineer, registered with the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK).
  2. Any citizen, holder or purchaser of a building with irregularities, must submit, by October 7, 2011, to the Ministry of the Interior, a Statement of Intent, and, if so, a full application, by April 7, 2014, to the Planning or Building Authority, for the legalisation of the irregularities. The Statement of Intent is a simple document, which requires the submission of certain, very basic, information, regarding the development and the irregularities, and not any drawings, expensive studies or a series of documents.
  3. The hiring of any Company, Agency or any other Consultancy for the preparation of necessary documentation and/ or studies, or the assignment of responsibility for the submission of applications, etc, could be arranged and negotiated by the applicant himself, with his sole responsibility, regarding the fees that will be paid.
  4. Applications will be evaluated in accordance with the legislation, and there can be no guarantee, in advance, of their approval.
  5. The Ministry of the Interior advises all applicants, that any decision, with respect to the method selected for the submission of documents and applications based on the “Planning Amnesty” Laws, must be taken with caution. The system provided by the legislation is relatively simple and does not justify excessive financial burden on the applicants, nor arrangements other than the conventional ones, which currently apply regarding standard procedures for applying for necessary development permits.
  6. The Ministry of the Interior advises against relying on guarantees that, in some cases, may be given to applicants, as these may not prove justified in the end of the process. This is especially possible with guarantees regarding the transfer of title deeds in the name of purchasers, without the need for action taken before Justice, in the case of unwilling owners.

Editor’s comments

For those wishing to submit a Statement of Intent under the provisions of the Planning Amnesty laws, we shall publish the required application forms (together with English language translations) during the coming week.