Due to Malta’s small size and the ever-growing need for more space to build, sites for sale in Malta have become highly prized. Some pieces of land may be on the outskirts of towns and villages and in order for these to become financially viable to build on, the prospective owner will face going through a rigorous process of applying for zoning and building permits.
Undeveloped sites that are facing, adjacent or on ODZ and UCA land are the toughest to get permission for to develop, as there is a very strong impetus to preserve the status of these areas and anyone wanting to build on these sites are likely to face strong opposition from all corners. Your best bet is to find a site that already has a dwelling on it and zoned as residential, no matter how old. Think of restoring the existing building or if you are going to add more buildings, keep any design proposals you will submit in the style of the area should it happen to be in a UCA. If the site you are interested in is in an ODZ, it does not mean you cannot build there at all, as legislation makes provision for genuine agricultural buildings and farmhouses to be erected in what is described as a “non-urban” environment and therefore ODZ areas.
This does not mean there are no sites available in our towns and villages! It simply means that due to scarcity and demand, you will more than likely pay a premium price for such land and we advise that you do your financial calculations carefully to see if it will be viable to develop any such a site. The best advice is to speak to an agent that specialises in sites as they will know everything about the property’s classification, the comparable price per square metre for the area and the piece of land’s ownership history.