The government’s urban incentives are being extended


The government is stepping in to approve two targeted interventions to support growth, by extending urban incentives and providing new facilities to citizens.

Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting, Interior Minister Nikos Nouris said that “the government, with a series of targeted interventions, supports development, renewing plans that have proved beneficial but also proposing new regulations and incentives.”

In addition to the already approved plans, the Council of Ministers today proceeded with the approval of two new targeted interventions 
1. Urban Supply Project. Measures for Legalization and Licensing of Arbitrary / New Constructions in Approved Developments. 

The Council of Ministers, at its meeting on 5.02.2020, approved the extension of the above Plan, until 31.12.2021, which has already benefited 1454 applicants.

2. Planning for the Supply of Urban Engineers for the Rehabilitation of the Tourism Industry
In addition, the Council of Ministers, at its meeting dated 29.04.2020, approved the extension of the above Plan, until 31.12.2021, which gives the possibility of maintaining the Building Factor of an old hotel unit if it is demolished in order to build a new one.

3. Plan for the Supply of Urban Engineering Movements for the Rehabilitation of Development Activity
With today’s decision of the Minister, the Plan for the Supply of Urban Engineering that was implemented for the first time with the Decision of the Council of Ministers no. 75,172 on 29/5/2013, and was amended in 2015 and 2018, in order to encourage development activity during the period of economic crisis, is extended until 31/12/2021. 

The Plan, as amended in 2018, sets out the compensation of part of the beneficiary additional building area, depending on the category of development (10% of the additional building area for additions to existing tourism development, 15% of the additional building area for new tourism development, and 20% of the additional buildable area for the other developments), and the payment of the estimated amount to a Special Fund of the Cyprus Land Development Organization, before the issuance of a building permit. 

The Ministry of Interior, having evaluated the results of the Plan for the Supply of Urban Engineers, and given that from the date of their initial application on 5/29/2013 until 30/4/2020, 840 urban applications have been submitted nationwide, and 571 were approved, and The results are positive in terms of achieving the objectives for which this Plan has been implemented, but also due to the data of the pandemic of coronavirus, which have extremely severely affected all sectors of the economy, considers that the period of validity of the Plan Motivation should be extended until 31/12/2021.

The new proposal includes an additional regulation that provides for the payment of an additional 5% fee, in case the applicant fails to submit an application for a building permit within one year after obtaining the urban planning permit. In this way, incentives are provided for faster implementation of the project.   

4. Extensions of Urban Permits and Building Powers
In addition, the Ministry of Interior, taking into account the consequences in the construction sector of the economy as a result of the extraordinary restrictive measures taken to deal with the pandemic, considers that the special conditions of this period resemble reasons. or as the existence of special conditions.

For the purposes of adapting the development licensing procedures in conditions of creating a favorable recovery climate, the Ministry of Interior recommended to the Council of Ministers that it approve a proposal to extend the validity of urban and building permits.0.0 to 20.020 20 and as their validity is automatically extended until 31.12.2020.

Citizens are required to provide evidence
5. Even in the context of the Government’s policy of abolishing the requirement for citizens to provide evidence of information already available to the public, the Ministry of the Interior announces that from 13 July:
 – the obligation of citizens to attach to the applications submitted to the various Departments of the Ministry of Interior (eg Land Registry, Town Planning, Provincial Administrations), a copy of a title deed or a certificate of immovable property research certificate is abolished.
– Also, in the case of applications for real estate development, it will not be necessary to submit an official copy of the real estate plan.
“In addition, where an official real estate plan is now required to be issued by the Land Registry and Spatial Planning Department, this is now being replaced by an unofficial plan that can be printed by the Land Registry’s DLS Portal website.”

Nikos Nouris added that these measures give additional impetus to development activity. 

Asked about the costing of the measures, the Minister said that there will be costing according to the development and submission to the expansion of the plan to provide urban incentives, while regarding the extension of the force he said that this will mainly help ordinary citizens who had difficulties in period of pandemic to proceed with their applications.