Application for In-principle Approval (IPA) to develop the site

In compliance with Town Planning Act, Environment Act, Public Health Act as well as requirements by the Fiji Road Authority, all major development applications must be submitted to the City Council. The City Council will work closely with the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) to process the application in accordance to the zoning plans. Permission to construct applies to any building (new or existing), taxi base, car rental base and/or advertising development (e.g.billboards). 

Applicants can apply through an Outline application first, to make a preliminary enquiry to check if a development concept plan is appropriate for the site. An outline application can receive ‘In-principle approval' to grant the concept plan. For developments exceeding 0.5 million FJD, hotels, resorts, shopping malls and/or those not meeting zone requirements, they will be classified as Major developments and are highly recommended to apply for this approval of concept plan. 

The City Council and Department of Town & Country Planning may provide detailed advice about site and development requirements to the applicants. 

Service Availability

0800 - 1630H [Mon - Thurs]

0800 - 1600H [Fri]

Excluding weekends & public holidays

Service Turnaround Time

25 working days subject to complete submission of documents and compliance requirements are met

Required Forms


- Checklist within application forms

- General Town Planning Requirement Checklist

Supporting Documents

All requirements specified in the checklist

Service Fee

FJD 38.95 - 3893.20 depending on the scale of the development

Contact Person

SCC Enquiry Counter
Tel: +679 3313433 Ext 305/306


DTCP Head of Development Control
Tel: +679 3305336 Ext 108

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Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport

Level 2 and 3, Civic Tower, Victoria Parade, Suva

Tel: +679-3305411

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