20/02/2024

Government Notices published in Govt. Gazette No. 21,195 of 20th February 2024

No. 239

Gozo Regional Development Authority Board

The Minister for Gozo and Planning has appointed the Gozo Regional Development Authority Board as follows:

Chairperson

Mr Michael Grech

Vice-Chairperson

Ms Charlene Xerri Gatt

Members

Mr Abraham Said 

Mr Daniel Borg

Dr Samuel Azzopardi

Mr Anthony Bezzina

Mr Marcel Mejlaq

These appointments remain valid up to the 11th February, 2025.

20th February, 2024

 

No. 240

MINISTRY FOR FINANCE AND EMPLOYMENT

Grant for first time buyers

WITH reference to Government Notice number 1605, published in Government Gazette No. 20,748 of the 10th December, 2021, and the subsequent Government Notice No. 385 published in Government Gazette No. 20,832 of the 12th April, 2022, the grant scheme 'Grant for first time buyers' is being amended as follows.

The Ministry for Finance and Employment has launched the following grant scheme, that aims to incentivise and assist first-time buyers that purchase residential properties within Urban Conservation Areas (UCAs), properties that have been built for more than 20 years and have been vacant for more than seven years, and new properties built and finished as defined by the established guidelines and approved by the competent authority.

1.  Interpretation

In this scheme, unless the context otherwise requires:

'applicant' means any person who is a resident in Malta, who is a first-time buyer and officially recognised as being the owner of a private residential Urban Conservation Area (UCA) property, or the owner of a private residential property that has been built for more than 20 years and has been vacant for more than seven years, or the owner of a new private residential property built and finished as defined by the established guidelines and approved by the competent authority and which person is applying for a grant under this scheme;

'competent authority' means a board or other entity designated or appointed by the Minister responsible for finance for the purpose of this grant. 

'effective date' means the 1st January, 2024;

'Malta' means the Maltese Islands;

'application' means an application for the grant under this scheme made in such manner as required and in terms of this scheme;

'First-time buyers' means those persons acquiring their first immovable property, acquired inter vivos and which is intended for their sole ordinary residence. No other property should have been bought before.

'property' means, properties that are within an UCA, properties that have been built for more than 20 years and have been vacant for more than seven years, and new properties built and finished as defined by the established guidelines and approved by the competent authority and which property is used by the applicant for residential purposes only;

'privately owned residential property' means a building owned by a private person and which property is used for private residential purposes only;

'new properties' means properties built and finished as defined by the established guidelines and approved by the competent authority.

'person' means a natural person and does not include any organisational entity;

'person residing in Malta' means a natural person who holds a legally valid identification document issued in terms of the Identity Card and Other Documents Act (Cap. 258) or who has a residence permit or equivalent documentation issued by a competent national authority;

'Urban Conservation Area (UCA)' means an area within the Maltese Islands that is legally designated as an area of buildings having collective heritage value according to Article 57 of the Development Planning Act of 2016, as subsequently amended and in accordance with the Strategic Plan for the Environment and Development (SPED) TO8 UO2, UO3 and others and as listed in the Local Plans.

2. Area of applicability

(i) This scheme relates to eligible applicants that are acquiring their first immovable property.  The property for which the grant is being applied for must be the applicant's first immovable property acquired inter vivos by the applicant and is acquired for sole and ordinary residence and which property is a privately owned residential property as defined in section one, which property was purchased from the effective date or afterwards, as proven by date on deed of Acquisition of property.

(ii) To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be compliant and have first registered their deed of acquisition with the Malta Tax and Customs Administration in terms of Subsidiary Legislation 364.19 Relief from Income Tax and from Duty on Documents and Transfers on Certain Property Transfers Rules, and have submitted legal proof and a declaration that they are first-time buyers and that this is their first immovable property acquired inter vivos in line with the requisites of Article 3 of Subsidiary Legislation 364.12, Exemption of Duty in terms of Article 23 Order.

This Grant applies to eligible properties that were purchased between 1st January, 2024 and 31st December, 2024.  However, when it comes to owners of new properties, they can only apply for the grant once the property is built and finished as defined by the established guidelines and approved by the competent authority.

This Grant also applies to those that on the 1st January, 2024, were on a promise of sale (konvenju) and had not yet closed the deed of acquisition.

For properties in Gozo for which the deed of acquisition was signed prior to the effective date but which have yet not received the grant, the €30,000 grant would apply and the deed of acquisition date would be the cut off date in terms of the eligible grant due. For properties in Gozo for which the deed of acquisition was signed on or after the effective date, the €40,000 grant would apply.

(iii) The property that benefits from the scheme cannot be divided, whereby the number of residential units will remain the same. If the property subsequently re-developed into separate residential units, the applicant will have to refund the full amount of the grant paid to them under this Grant.

(iv) Only one property per applicant is eligible to qualify for support under this scheme and an applicant can only be eligible for a grant under this scheme once.

 3. Manner of application and supporting documents required:

Applications under this scheme shall be made only via the official electronic portal/s and must contain all the information, details and documentation as required in the said form and in terms of this scheme.

(i) The applicant must also provide any other document which the Ministry responsible for finance, may from time to time require. An application shall not be deemed to have been submitted unless it is full and complete in all material respects and unless it contains all the information and is accompanied by all the documentation requested therein.

(ii) Only those applications that are found to conform with the provisions of this scheme shall be eligible for payment of the grant referred to in section 4 of the scheme. In the case of a fraudulent application criminal action in terms of the Criminal Code (Cap. 9) will be taken against the applicant.

(iii) When it comes to owners of a private residential Urban Conservation Area (UCA) property or the owners of a private residential property that has been built for more than 20 years and has been vacant for more than seven years, applications under this scheme, should be submitted by not later than six months from the purchase of the property as evidenced by the date on deed of acquisition of property. Applications received 'late', that is after the six months period, shall be deemed to be invalid applications.

(iv) For a period of not less than two years from the submitted application applicants may be requested to present the original documents upon which the claim is being made. Failure to produce any such documents upon request, applicants will be obliged to refund the amount paid under the scheme and in the case of a fraudulent applications criminal action in terms of article 309 of the Criminal Code (Cap. 9) will be taken.

4.  Grant payable under this scheme

Eligible applicants may apply for a maximum grant of €15,000 if the property purchased is in Malta and a maximum of €40,000 if the property purchased is in Gozo. In the case of property acquired in Gozo, the grant due is determined in terms of Clause 2 of this notice.

The actual amount allocated will be established on a pro-rata basis according to the share of the property being acquired.

5.  Payment of Grant

The grant will be credited to the applicant, in the bank account that is indicated in the application.

6. Amendments to the Scheme

The Ministry responsible for finance reserves the right to make any amendments to this scheme by the publication of the said amendments in the Government Gazette.

7. Duration of the scheme

This Scheme shall be deemed to have commenced on the 1st January, 2024, and shall remain in force till the 31st of December, 2024. This scheme may be modified or terminated by means of a Notice in the Government Gazette and shall be renewed as deemed necessary through another Notice in the Government Gazette.

8. Transitory Provisions

Applications for the grant that cover the period between and during the effective date and the date of publication of this Government Notice shall be deemed to be valid applications under this scheme provided that the application falls within the eligibility criteria.

In these transitory cases, when it comes to private residential Urban Conservation Area (UCA) properties or private residential properties that have been built for more than 20 years and have been vacant for more than seven years, applications shall be submitted within six months from the date of publication of this Government Notice.

20th February, 2024

 

No. 241

ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ACT (CAP. 549)

Abandonment, Dumping and Disposal of Waste in Streets and Public Places or Areas Regulations (S.L. 549.40)

IN exercise of the powers conferred by Schedule 3 of the Abandonment, Dumping and Disposal of Waste in Streets and Public Places or Areas Regulations, the Environment and Resources Authority is hereby publishing the applicable collection times for the collection of waste from each local council as provided to the Authority by the Local Government Division:

WASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULE
GOZO REGION
Local Council:Collection starts at:
Fontana07.00
Għajnsielem07.00
Għarb07.00
Għasri07.00
Ta' Kerċem07.00
Munxar07.00
Nadur07.00
Qala07.00
Victoria07.00
San Lawrenz07.00
Ta' Sannat07.00
Xagħra07.00
Xewkija07.00
Żebbuġ07.00
NORTHERN REGION
Local Council:Collection starts at:
Ħ'Attard07.00
Ħal Balzan07.30
Mġarr07.00
Mtarfa09.30
Naxxar09.00
Mellieħa07.00
Mosta07.30
San Ġwann07.00
St Paul's Bay07.00
WESTERN REGION
Local Council:Collection starts at:
Ħad-Dingli18.30
Mdina08.30
Mqabba07.30
Ħal Kirkop07.30
Rabat07.00
Ħal Safi07.00
Siġġiewi07.00
Qrendi07.30
Ħaż-Żebbug07.30
Żurrieq08.00
EASTERN REGION
Local Council:Collection starts at:
Birkirkara08.00
Gżira08.00
Ħal Għargħur

18.30

(Saturday: 11.00;

Glass: 10.00)

Iklin09.00
Msida08.30
Ħal Lija09.00
Pembroke07.00
Tal-Pietà07.30
Tas-Sliema

19.00 – Weekdays

13.00 – Saturdays

St Julian's07.30
Swieqi08.00
Ta' Xbiex09.00
Port Region
Local Council:Collection starts at:
Il-Belt Valletta07.00
Vittoriosa08.30
Cospicua08.00
Il-Fgura07.30
Floriana09.00
Senglea08.00
Kalkara07.30
Paola09.00
Ħal Tarxien07.00
Ix-Xgħajra09.30
Ħaż-Żabbar07.00
SOUTHERN REGION
Local Council:Collection starts at:
Birżebbuġa07.00
Gudja07.30
Ħal Għaxaq07.30
Ħamrun09.00
Ħal Luqa09.00
Marsa09.00
Marsaskala07.30
Marsaxlokk07.30
Santa Luċija07.30
Santa Venera07.30
Ħal Qormi07.00
Żejtun07.30

20th February, 2024 

 

Treasury bills Gaz 20.2.pdf

 

No. 243

GOLDSMITHS AND SILVERSMITHS ACT (CAP. 46)

THE Commissioner of Inland Revenue notifies that, on the date shown hereunder, the price of gold and silver on which valuations made by the Consul for Goldsmiths and Silversmiths are based has been fixed for the purposes of article 14 of the said Act as follows:

 

                                    Date                              Pure Gold                    Pure Silver

                                                                             Grams                           Grams

                                       

                                20.2.2024                            €59.913                          €0.686

 

20th February, 2024

No. 244

AGENCY FOR INFRASTRUCTURE MALTA

Completion of Road Formation and Traffic and Parking Suspension

In virtue of Article eighteen (18) of Legal Notice 291 of 2018, the Agency for Infrastructure Malta hereby gives official notice of its intention to complete the formation of:

Triq Don Alvaro De Sande, Triq id-Disgħa ta'April, Mosta (indicated on site plan on page 1831);

Triq il-Lanċa, Valletta (indicated on site plan on page 1832).

Any person who is obliged by law to form said road (including by acquiring land necessary for the same formation) has fifteen (15) days from the date of the publication of this notice within which to comply with his obligations at law. In default, the Agency for Infrastructure Malta shall itself proceed with the formation of this road in accordance with its powers at law and at the expense of those persons whose obligation it is to form the road.

The Agency for Infrastructure Malta notifies that between 22nd February, 2024 and 31st July, 2024, it will be starting road works in Triq Don Alvaro De Sande, Triq id-Disgħa ta' April, Mosta. Vehicular access and on-street parking in this road may be restricted during certain works. 'No parking' signs authorised by Transport Malta will be affixed on site before such parking restrictions come in force.

The Agency for Infrastructure Malta notifies that between 22nd February, 2024 and 31st July, 2024, it will be starting road works in Triq il-Lanċa, Valletta. Vehicular access and on-street parking in this road may be restricted during certain works. 'No parking' signs authorised by Transport Malta will be affixed on site before such parking restrictions come in force.

Vehicles found in contravention to the order of this notice and to the related 'no parking' signs on site are liable to be towed.

Further information and assistance may be obtained from ([email protected]).

20th February, 2024

 

Infrastructure charts Gaz 20.2.pdf

 

Door numbering Gaz 20.2.pdf

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Street naming Gaz 20.2.pdf