Is construction allowed on ironshore?

| 21/06/2016

Are developers allowed to extend apartments and build out onto the ironshore?

Auntie’s answer: While I do not profess to know all the ins and outs of what is and isn’t allowed to be built, I do know that all building permission must go through the same process. The Central Planning Authority (CPA) makes the final decision on construction on Grand Cayman and the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman Development Control Board does the same for building for the Sister Islands.

For both bodies, the Department of Planning processes the applications for development.

If the construction is actually on the ironshore, the developer may also need a coastal works licence, which can only be approved by Cabinet.

Before permission is granted, there is an opportunity for anyone who is against the construction to file an objection with the planning department, within 21 calendar days of the notice being given. However, the person complaining would either have to have been notified by registered mail of the proposed construction (which means their property falls within the “minimum notification radius”), or seen it advertised in the newspaper.

If you think that a developer is building without permission or on protected land, or your have another issue, then I would suggest you contact the Department of Planning for more information.

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