Applications for Permits

Guidelines for the application of activities which require a permit by a Local Council.


One can apply for the following permits:

·         Application for commercial activity, or open-air market.

·         Application for kiddie ride machine or automatic vending machine.

·         Application for deposit of building and other material.

·         Application for deposit or use of crane or other machinery.

·         Application for deposit of tables and chairs to provide food and beverages.

·         Application for stall or kiosk.

·   Application for a public show, exhibition, small games, a fair, a tombola or any other public entertainment.

·         Application for trenching and related works.

Applications are to be obtained and submitted to the Local Council where the activity is to take place, on the prescribed form and this form shall reach the Local Council at least forty-eight hours prior to the activity, during office hours and office days. In cases where the activity shall have effect on the traffic flow, applicants shall also provide the Local Council with all details regarding the traffic signs related to any obstacle that drivers may encounter and the direction and information to follow. If in the opinion of the Local Council, a community officer must be present during the activity, the applicant shall also pay, together with the fees established for each application, a fee established by the Agency.

Permits for commercial activities and stall spaces in commercial premises or open-air markets:

To apply for such a permit one must be a licensed market hawker. Spaces for new stalls shall be allocated by Local Councils on a first come first serve basis. No fees shall be payable by market-hawkers for the allocation of spaces. The licence issued by the regulatory authority and the authorisation by the Local Council shall at all times be displayed where it is easily visible.

Permits for Kiddie Ride machine or automatic vending machine:

Applications for such permits shall be accompanied by:

1)      A photograph together with the measurements of the kiddie ride or the automatic machine.

2)      A photograph and site plan of the location intended for the ride or vending machine.

3)      A copy of the permits needed from the Planning Authority or Lands Department if needed. 

 The fee to place a Kiddie Ride Machine is €46.59 per year.

The fee for an automatic vending machine is €23.29 per year.

 Permits for the deposit of building material and other material:

Applications shall provide a description of:   

1)                  The quality, quantity or volume of the material or object to be deposited.

2)                  The duration of the authorisation required.

3)                  A site-plan of the location where the material or object is to be deposited.

The fee to deposit building material or other material is €2.33 for every metre square or part thereof for every day.

No fee shall apply for the placement or deposit of building material or other material or other objects in any street in connection with national projects or European Union projects.

No fee shall apply for the placement or deposit of boundary wall endorsing a construction site during construction works, to restrict access and provide protection to the public.  

No fee shall apply for the placement of a scaffolding (as long as these are not obstructing the traffic flow and passageway)

When requested by the Local Council and together with the above payable fees, applicant shall pay for the services of a community officer to control the traffic. The fees payable shall be those established by the Agency

The Local Council may demand a reasonable deposit and such deposit shall not exceed €116.47.

Permits for the deposit or use of crane or other machinery

Application shall also include a description of:

1)                  The duration of the permit required.

2)                  A site plan of the location where the crane or heavy machinery is intended to be deposited.

The fee that is required for the deposit or use of crane or other machinery, is of €10 or €15, depending on the size of the machinery.

No permit is required for the deposit or use of a high-up or tower ladder (as long as these are not obstructing the traffic flow and are parked properly)

When requested by the Local Council and together with the above payable fees, applicant shall pay for the services of a community officer to control the traffic. The fees payable shall be those established by the Agency

The Local Council may demand a reasonable deposit or a bank guarantee which shall not exceed €232.94.

Permits for the deposit of tables and chairs to provide food and beverages:

Applicant is to submit his application not later than one month prior. Apart from this, the applicant shall:

1)     Submit a site plan showing the measurements and the area that is referred to in the application.

2)     Declare the day or days for which the permit is required.

The fee for the deposit of tables and chairs to provide food and beverages is that of €1.16 for every metre square or part thereof for each day.

Permits for the place​ment of a stall or kiosk:

Applicant is to submit his application not later than one month prior. Apart from this, the applicant shall:

1)                  Declare the days for which the permit is being requested

2)                  Submit a photograph of the stall or kiosk and its measurements

3)                  Declare the goods intended for sale.

The fee for the application of a stall or kiosk is that of €23.29 for a period of three days or part thereof.

No Fee shall apply for the placement of stall or kiosk for the exclusive sale of Maltese nougat.

 

Permits for Occasional Entertainment (including a public show, exhibition, small games, a fair, a tombola or any other public entertainment or similar activity):

Applicant is to submit his application not later than one month prior. The application shall be accompanied by:

1)                  A description of the activity to be organised

2)                  The day or days for which the permit is being requested

3)                  A site-plan indicating the area where the activity is to take place

4)                  A copy of all permits required under any law.

In the case of street lighting decorations, applicant must submit a certificate from a licensed electrician that the apparatus to be used is in a good state of repair and free from any danger.

Fees for the application of Occasional Entertainment shall apply as follows:


i)     To hold a public show, exhibition, small games, a fair, a tombola or any other public entertainment or similar activity in any street in the locality on any special or specific day or days for every day: €6.99


ii)                To hold any other occasional entertainment on any specific day for every day:  €6.99


iii)           For the playing of musical instruments or for the use of loudspeakers or amplifiers for every day: €4.66


iv)           To hold aquatic or other sports except a sporting activity that is organized across more than one locality or on a national basis on any specified day: €2.33


v)              To hold any other occasional entertainment except any disco, ball, dance or any other small or similar activity irrespective of the name by which it is called on any specified day: €6.99

When requested by the Local Council and together with the above payable fees, applicant shall pay for the services of a community officer to control the traffic. The fees payable shall be those established by the Agency

The Local Council may demand a reasonable deposit and such deposit shall not exceed €116.47.

Permits for trenching and related works:

Applicant is to submit his application to the Local Council where the works are to be carried out or to the Authority for Transport in Malta (Transport Malta).

The application for such permit must also include:

1)                  A site plan of the location where the works will be carried out and;

2)                  A certificate from a civil engineer indicating the proposed work and the machinery intended to be used.

When a Local Council receives an application it will, within 48 hours, forward it to Transport Malta which will review this application and notify the Local Council of its decision and any conditions it deems fit to impose.

The application and pertaining documents must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the activity.

When submitting the application the following fees shall apply:

a.       For the opening or breaking up of footway or surface of any street: €2.33

b.      For the renewal of the same permit €2.33

If the permit is denied such fees will be refunded to the applicant. The refund will not be issued when the applicant cancels the application or if the permit is revoked due to breach of conditions.

Permits are non-transferable.

When a permit is granted, the applicant must be personally present at all times during the activity and shall be personally liable for any breach of conditions.

If the activity has an effect on the traffic flow, the applicant must provide the local council with all the details regarding the traffic signs related to any obstacles that drivers may encounter and any other information which is relevant to ensure traffic control. If the Local Council deems fit that a Community Officer is present during the activity to control traffic, fees apply and must be paid by the applicant. The fees are as follows:

1)                  Field Officer - €23.29 per hours

2)                  Community Officer - €7.92 per hour

The Local Council, upon the receipt of the Authority’s decision, shall inform the application by not later than 24 hours of the approval or otherwise and inform the applicant to collect the licence. In the case that the application for licence, permit or authorisation is refused, the Local Council shall give reasons for refusal in writing to the applicant. 



A concise list of the above permits may be accessed here.  

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