The Development Plan utilizes text and graphics to set out policies that guide physical development and help manage growth in the Cayman Islands 

Development Plan

The general aim of the plan is to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the Cayman Islands by effectively directing development as to safeguard the economic, cultural, social and general welfare of the people, and subject thereto the environment.


Planning Considerations – population trends, land availability, ecology, freshwater supplies, sewerage and sewage disposal and other material consideration


Planning Policy – Residential Development Zones, Commercial Development Zones, Tourism Development Zones, Road Requirements, Subdivision of Land, etc. 

zoning map

Accessing Documents

A major component of the Development Plan is the Zoning Map, which ties land use to areas of the island graphically and dictates the types of structures that can be placed in those areas.  The zones and overlays correspond to text laid out in the Development and Planning Regulations and the Development Plan that deal with minimum lot size, setback distances, maximum building heights and building site coverage, amongst other things.

Development Maps are available for purchase in three sizes (see below).  All maps come with a copy of the Development Plan Planning Statement.  To obtain your map and statement, please contact the Planning Department via phone (345) 244-6501 or email to request your copy.


11″ x 17″



24″ x 36″



36″ x 63″



Application Infosheets
Planning Notices
Development Plan
Development Enforcement

Authorities & Boards

Central Planning Authority

This authority oversees and reviews the physical development of Grand Cayman.

Development Control Board

This authority oversee and review the physical development of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Builders' Board

This board oversees the registration of business entities and qualified individuals as Building Contractors in the Cayman Islands.

Electrical Board of Examiners

This board oversees the assignment and administration of licensing Electrical Contractors in the Cayman Islands.


Building Codes
Guidance Notes
Policy Notes
Technical Bulletins
Permits Issued

Get Started...

If you are planning to build, demolish, or renovate, you will need a building permit.  Here is the information you need to get started with your project whether big or small.

Knowledge Base

Laws & Regulations
Helpful Documentation
File Request
Professional Licences

Requirements and information regarding Builders’ Board licences. 

Online Planning System

Apply for permits online, track permit-related reviews & inspections.

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Policy Development

Development Plan

Plan for the zoning and physical development of the Cayman Islands.

Draft Policies
Policy preparation, special reports, & policy revision recommendations.
The long-range comprehensive plan to guide physical development for Grand Cayman.
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Approved Permits

Building Codes

CPA Agendas and Minutes