Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith OBE
Premier of the Virgin Islands

Premier’s Office

3rd Floor Central Administration Complex
East Wing

33 Admin Drive
Road Town, Tortola VG 1110
British Virgin Islands

A locally registered architect or surveyor must file an application for permission inclusive of other required documents. The Town and Country Planning Department then conducts a review, which includes a field visit to the site. The findings along with the application are then sent to the Planning Authority, or dealt with in house.

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If all required documents are submitted with the application, it should take four to six weeks to process.  However, if additional information or an interview is required, you will be contacted by phone with three (3) business day of receipt of your application.


  • After all the required documents, including the certified Carving and Marking Note are returned and the fee paid, the Certificate of Registry is electronically generated and immediately issued.
  • Commercial vessels are required to provide proof that they comply with the rules and regulations relating to safety, pollution prevention and maritime security, as applicable to the type of commercial vessel and operation involved, before registration can be completed.

Provided that all the correct informations is submitted and there are no challenges with the application, all applications usually take at least three to four working weeks to reach a decision. Larger developments or those likely to have significant impacts on the environment usually would take a longer period.

Once a decision has been made on your application, we will inform in writiting.


Of course you can. The Town and Country Planning Department welcomes the opportunity to have pre-submission discussions with developers offer guidance on developments and any other information which might be helpful. Applications can also be made for approval in principle, which requires less information than a full application package.