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Splitting house into apartments

Splitting house into apartments

| 11/06/2018 | 7 Comments
I’ve been told that a new neighbour wants to convert their house into three apartments. Do they need planning permission for this and do they need to ask permission from their other neighbours? Auntie’s answer: If your neighbour is planning on making the changes you describe, then, yes, he o [...]

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Is advertising allowed on our beaches?

Is advertising allowed on our beaches?

| 16/04/2018 | 4 Comments
While walking on the beach recently, I noticed a tall advertisement banner planted in the sand, on the beach side of Hyatt. Is this permitted? Auntie’s answer: Advertising is not allowed without getting formal permission. A Ministry of Planning official explained that a banner sign on the beach wo [...]

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Unhappy with state of old Hyatt property

Unhappy with state of old Hyatt property

| 15/04/2018 | 15 Comments
I had thought that Cayman government passed a law some years ago that empowered it to charge $25,000 a day to owners of derelict properties. Why then is Dart not charged for the eyesore formerly called the Hyatt hotel, which as many know, is the remains of an amazing property destroyed by Hurricane [...]

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Who controls public access to the beach?

Who controls public access to the beach?

| 07/02/2018 | 8 Comments
I have received several questions regarding beach access and since the answers are related, I am including all three queries here: 1. I would like to know, and I think the public should know also, who has power and authority to change our public beach access? 2. Is it legal for CPA to give Dart [&he [...]

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Unfinished walls an eyesore

Unfinished walls an eyesore

| 22/11/2017 | 13 Comments
Can you explain to me why there are so many unfinished block walls (fences) on this island? It seems the people can afford to construct these walls all around their property but when it comes to the final stage of painting or finishing it with a texture they just stop. I see walls that have [&hellip [...]

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Combining commercial and residential developments

Combining commercial and residential developments

| 08/10/2017 | 3 Comments
Is it true that the zoning laws in George Town prohibit mixed use (residential above retail/commercial)? Seems like it would be a good fit to revive GT. Auntie’s answer: The zoning laws do allow for mixed-use developments but, not surprisingly, under specific conditions. A Department of Planning o [...]

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Complaining about illegal construction

Complaining about illegal construction

| 23/07/2017 | 3 Comments
Recently a friend contacted the Department of Planning about some significant construction at a residence in Webster’s Estates in South Sound. They were told there was no planning permission but that they had only one enforcement officer so couldn’t attend. This seems a little surprising given t [...]

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