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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How for from the road can I site my building or erect a fence?
The building line setback refers to the closest point to the road at which any part of a structure may be erected. The road reserve indicates the closest point to the road at which guard-walls, fences or any other type of enclosure may be constructed or planted. These distances are measured from the centre line of the road. Each class of road has a specific setback as follows:

Adams-Barrow-Cummins (ABC) Highway:
Building Line: 9.14 m (30ft) from the edge of the Government's Acquisition Line
Road Reserve:The edge of Government's Acquisition Line

Class I Special e.g. Ronald Mapp Highway

Building Line: 15.2 m (50ft)
Road Reserve: 6.4m (21ft))

Class I e.g. Highway 1

Building Line: 9.8m (32ft)
Road Reserve:
6.4m (21ft)

Class II e.g. Beckles Road( Highway 7 to Brittons Hill)

Building Line: 9.8m (32ft)
Road Reserve: 5.18m (17ft)

Class III e.g. George Street (between Belmont Road and Lower Collymore Rock)

Building Line: 9.8m (32ft)
Road Reserve: 5.18m (17ft)

Class IV - All other roads used primarily for the purpose of providing frontage for the development of land e.g. Curwens Avenue, Bayland, St. Michael

Building Line: 5.79m (19ft)
Road Reserve: 3.96m (13ft)


What proportion of my land can I utilise for building a structure?
The amount of land. which could be developed is determined by the plot coverage. The stipulations are:

  1. Residential development - the aggregate ground floor area of the building should not exceed 40% of the net land area.
  2. Commercial - the aggregate ground floor area of building should not exceed 50% of the net land area.
  3. Industrial - the aggregate ground floor area of the building should not exceed 75% of the net land area.

Is there a maximum number of storeys that can be constructed?
Generally, a maximum height of two (2) storeys is allowed for residences and the height of non-residential buildings must be in keeping with the surroundings. However, these standards may be varied depending on the location, the topography of the land, and the ability of the building to conform to other planning standards.

Do I need to install a water storage tank?
Depending on the size of your building a water storage tank for secondary purposes will be required. The specific standards are:

  1. Residential buildings measuring 139.04sq.m. (1500sq. ft) 278.7sq.m. (2,999sq.ft.) require a tank with a capacity of 3000 gallons.
  2. Residential buildings measuring 278.8 sq.m. (3,000 sq.ft) or more require a tank with a capacity of 6000 gallons.
  3. Non-residential buildings having a gross floor area of 92.90 sq.m. (1000 sq. ft.) or more are required to have a water storage tank calculated at a minimum rate of four (4) gallons (Imperial) per square foot of roof area.

What about building on the coast?
No structure should be sited closer than 30.5m (100ft) from the High Water Mark or in the case of a cliff frontage, 9.14 m (30ft) from the most landward undercut of the cliff.

In addtion, no gate, fence, wall or other means of enclosure shall be erected closer than thrity feet 9.14m (30ft.) from the High Water Mark or 3.0m (10ft.) from the most landward undercut of the cliff.

In cases where development invloves beach land a current certified surveyor's plot, not more than two (2) years, must be submitted with the application.

Do I need to provide parking for my development?
Adequate parking must be provided for all classes of development except dwelling-houses.  The parking requirement is calculated according to the standard for the respective use.  Public buildings must provide parking for the physically-challenged.

Do I need to make a new application if I want to revise an approved plan?
If the planning standards are adhered to, and the new proposal does not alter the nature of the approved development, a new application would not be generally required. However revised plans must be submitted for approval within five (5) years of the date of permission.  Any such revised plan/s should be accompanied by a covering letter outlinig the changes to be considered and the appropriate fee for the certification of the drawings, in accordance with the Fee Regulations,  must be paid.

Do I need permission to erect a guard wall/fence/paling?
No.  Such works are regarded as permitted development, and do not require planning permission. However, these MUST be built at a maximum height  of 1.2m (4') along road frontages (adhering to the relevant road reserve) and 2.1 m (7') sides and the back, but adequate space from adjoining properties should be reserved  for maintenance.

 



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