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Soil Transfer

The Preservation of the Fertile Soil Regulation Act states that:

No person may:
  • transport fertile soil to any site for any purpose whatsoever in quantities larger than one half cubic metre on every single occasion, without having previously obtained the written permission of the Director;
  • render unsuitable for agriculture any fertile soil by mixing it with stones or by any other means;
  • cover fertile soil with any layer of concrete, stones, stone slabs, or any other similar material, unless it is considered as necessary for or in connection with agriculture by the Director or by the inspector;
  • deposit on fertile soil, or leave on fertile soil after a written notice for its removal has been given by the Director, any object or objects having an area larger than two square metres for a period longer than thirty days; or
  • deposit, or leave deposited, any fertile soil in such manner as the Director will have notified in writing to such person as being unsuitable to be used for agriculture.


Concerning the erection of buildings


No person may erect, or cause or permit or allow to be erected, any building, or any part of a foundation for any building, before having given a forty-eight hours notice in writing on the prescribed form by registered post to the Director, and before he has removed at his own expense all the fertile soil existing on the site over which the building is going to extend, to any land belonging to him or to any other site indicated by the Director, and, in either case, the soil is deposited in such manner as approved by the said Director, which approval has to be given within ten working days.


Legal Basis




Directorates Role


The Director or any inspector authorised by the Director shall have the power to enter upon any land on which any building is in the course of construction, or on which any building is going to be constructed, in order to ascertain that the provisions of this Act are being or have been complied with.

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