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This Act amends and consolidates the Law relative to development and planning in relation with land.The Act consists of 84 sections divided into 11 Chapters: Interpretation and application (I), Administration (II); Development Plan (III); Control of Development of Land (IV); Special provision in certain cases (V); Subdivisions (VI); Compensation for refusal or conditional grant of planning permission (VII); Planning and other Regulations (VIII); Appeals and reviews (IX); Enforcement (X); Supplemental (XI).There shall continue in existence a Development Applications Board under section 3 and there shall be established a Advisory Architectural Panel, which shall advise the Board on matters affected by this Act, under section 4. The Minister shall carry out a survey in Bermuda (sect. 6) and devise a Development Plan on the basis of such survey and other information in accordance with section 7. The Minister may also prepare a local plan for any part of Bermuda (sect. 7). Plans may designate land for acquisition by the Government (sect. 8). Section 14 introduces the requirement of permission for development of land undertaken after 3 August, 1965. Permission is granted by Order ("Development Order") by the Minister. Sections 26 and 27 provide for the preservation of trees and woodlands in relation with the granting of development permission. The Minister may make tree preservation orders. Sections 32 to 46 place restrictions on and provide for the control of subdivision of land. Lands shall be described with and within a registered plan of subdivision and for subdivision a planning permission is required to convey, mortgage, and assign rights of other nature (sect. 32). Section 32 provides for subdivision plans. Part X concerns the enforcement of planning control and provides for special enforcement notices, and supplementary enforcement measures. (completed by 3 Schedules)

Implemented by: Development and Planning (Tree Preservation Order) Regulations. (2002)
Implemented by: Development and Planning (Use Classes) Order 1975. (1984)
Implemented by: Development and Planning (General Development) Order 1999. (1975-05-01)
Implemented by: Development and Planning (Tribunal Procedure) Rules 1992. (1992-05-15)
Implemented by: Development and Planning (Wells and Boreholes) Order 1976. (1976)
Implemented by: Development and Planning (Appeals to the Minister) Rules 1974. (1974-12-07)
Implemented by: Development and Planning (Application Procedure) Rules 1997. (1999)
Implemented by: Development and Planning (Rocky Heights Quarry) Special Development Order 1997. (1997-09-08)
Amended by: Development and Planning Amendment Act 1983 (No. 34 of 1983). (1983-07-05)
Amended by: Development and Planning Amendment Act 2011 (No. 3 of 2011). (2011-03-21)
Amended by: Development and Planning Amendment Act 2011 (No. 24 of 2014). (2014-07-29)

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Government of Bermuda


Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists heading for Virginia. Self-governing since 1620, Bermuda is the oldest and most populous of the British overseas territories. Vacationing to the island to escape North American winters first developed in Victorian times. Tourism continues to be important to the island's economy, although international business has overtaken it in recent years. Bermuda has also developed into a highly successful offshore financial center. A referendum on independence from the UK was soundly defeated in 1995.

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