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, accompanied by the necessary information and documentation, together with fees where applicable. Any application should reach ERA at a specified time-frame prior to when the consent to carry out an activity is required; this depends on the type of application. Permits are issued provided that any endeavour is not deemed to threaten biodiversity.

Application forms for different types of permits required through legislation are found on the relevant webpage. 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.

Further information on the different types of permits can be found in the below links:

1.  Nature Permitting
2. Tree Permitting
3. GMOs
4. Importation of Species and CITES Permitting

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