What is the function of the EPRT ?

Article 3 of the Environment and Planning Review Tribunal (EPRT) Act, Chapter 551 of the Laws of Malta provides that the role of the EPRT is to review ‘the decisions of the Planning Authority and the decisions of the Environment and Resources Authority’, further providing that the EPRT is to exercise any other jurisdiction and function as conferred by the Act and any other law.  Clearly, the role of the EPRT is to ‘review’ planning and environmental decisions in terms of law and fact within the parameters set out in the EPRT Act.

How are the Tribunal panels composed ?

Article 4 of Chapter 551 of the Laws of Malta provides that the ‘Prime Minister may by order establish panels of the Tribunal and may designate the categories of cases to be assigned to each panel and may by subsequent order amend, revoke or substitute such order’.

Each panel consists of three (3) members, all of who are appointed by the President acting on the advice of the Prime Minister – one such member is a Chairperson and another member, the deputy Chairperson assumes the functions of the Chairperson in the former’s absence.

Furthermore, a member within the panel shall be an advocate and the other two members shall be respectively ‘well versed in development planning and environmental matters'.

Who and when may a person appeal ?

Subject to the provisions of the Development Planning Act, Chapter 552 of the Laws of Malta, Article 11 of the EPRT Act, defines the jurisdiction of the EPRT with regards to appeals from decisions by the Planning Authority and provides for a list of appeals that may be filed which includes the following:-

The applicant may appeal from a decision taken following an application for:-

  • A full development permission;
  • A permission under a development notification order;
  • A permission under a regularisation process;
  • A change in alignment under a planning control application;
  • A permission for a project of common interest (PCI);
  • A Registration by the Registration Board;
  • A Screening Letter in so far as a request for additional submissions, studies, assessments and documentation and/or fees and/or contributions required to be paid to the Authority before submission of the application are concerned and a request for modification or revocation of permission.
  • Any person can appeal when aggrieved from:
    • A notice issued under the provisions of Part IX of the Development Planning Act, 2016, Chapter 552 of the Laws of Malta;
    • A decision in relation to scheduling and conservation orders
    • A decision on a request for modification or revocation of permission.

An interested third party who had submitted written representations as established by the Planning Authority in terms of article 71(6) of the Development Planning Act may appeal in the following instances :-

  • A decision following an application for development application;
  • A decision following a planning control application relating to a change in alignment and
  • A decision given in relation to scheduling and conservation orders.

The EPRT is now also competent to determine appeals from sanitary decisions and planning control decisions in relation to minor amendments to local plans as defined in the Environment Planning Act.

Subject to the provisions of the Environment Protection Act, Chapter 549 of the Laws of Malta, Article 47 of the EPRT Act provides that every aggrieved person may appeal from a decision by the Environment and Resources Authority

Appeal fees

Appeal fees are regulated by virtue of Subsidiary Legislation 551.01, Environment and Planning Appeals Fees (Regulations).



Data Protection Policy


The Data Protection Act, 2001 sets down a formal procedure for dealing with data subject access requests, which the EPRT follows.

All data subjects have the right to access any personal information kept about them by the EPRT either on computer or in manual files

All data subjects have the right to request that their information be amended, erased or not used in the event the data is incorrect.

To review and update your personal contact information, kindly submit a written request to [email protected].



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Although every effort is made to ensure the relevance, accuracy, currency and timeliness of content, EPRT accepts no responsibility whatsoever for the accuracy, correctness or otherwise of any information on the pages published within this site (including the various Online Services provided).

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