In order to safeguard natural heritage, a number of species of flora and fauna and a number of sites are afforded varying degrees of protection through national and international legislation. Certain interventions on these species and sites would require a permit to be carried out.

In addition, importation, exportation or movements of such species would also require a permit or clearance, especially if species are CITES listed or invasive.

In view of this, a permitting system is in place in relation to protected areas and protected species, protection of trees as well as in relation to trade of species (including CITES) and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Permitting procedures are initiated upon the submission of a properly filled-in application form, available from the link below, accompanied by the necessary information and documentation, together with fees where applicable (currently only in case of permits for interventions on trees and CITES Import/ export/re-export Permit). In the case of nature permits, such documentation includes a project description (terms of reference available on the application form), a site plan and any additional information on the same form such as consent from site owner. Any completed  application should reach ERA at least 30 days prior to when the consent to carry out an activity is required.

Applications may be submitted through the ERIS System which may be accessed from here.  It is of utmost importance that all sections of the application form are appropriately filled in and all necessary documentation included. Processing of application forms cannot be completed if there is lack of information.

As part of the application process, ERA discusses the project with the applicant and may require further information or details. Permits are issued provided that any endeavor is not deemed to threaten biodiversity.

In the case that a permit is not issued, the applicant may seek redress with the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal in accordance with the Environment Protection Act and with the provisions of the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal Act.

For additional information, you may contact the Environmental Permitting Unit on nature.permitting@era.org.mt or by phone on 2292 3500.

Last updated 07/09/2020

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