Government extends tourist establishment area

The Maldives government on Tuesday, March 21, announced that the resort built-up area from the existing 30% has been increased to 50% of the total land area of the island.

The Ministry of Tourism also revealed the minimum beach length per room has been reduced from 5 meters to 3 meters. This is applicable for both developing and operating resorts while operating resorts must apply for demarcation with the ministry.

Beach length per room will be considered as 60% of the total perimeter of the island from the mean tide line instead of the vegetation line.

The ministry made revisions to the maximum structural building height limit as well. The maximum structural height for guest facilities including rooms should be 12 meters, the maximum number of floors of these facilities should be 3 meters including the ground floor, and the back of the house structures should not exceed 15 meters.

Developers have been urged to sustain the island’s natural qualities while developing the resorts, specifically the vegetation.

“However, resort developers may propose unique structures that add value to the product, where exceptions to the aforementioned structural height restrictions may be brought, in accordance with the ministry’s policies,” the ministry added.

The latest amendment to boundary regulation follows a set of recent regulations that allow developers to extend the boundary from 5,00 to 1,000 meters.


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