Development Guidelines

The general guidelines recommended for development projects are outlined below. However, the final specifications depend on factors that are not constant, including the topography, sociological, and environmental aspects of the site.

1. Density

Density is of a property is the mass per unit volume. In the tourism industry, density will monitor the accommodation volume per area. General guidelines set per location are:

Location type Maximum accommodation
Sensitive/rural areas 25 rooms per hectare
Towns 62 rooms per hectare
Cities 125 rooms per hectare
Resorts Total footprint of the building should be less than 25% of the total land area

2. Building Height

It is important to ensure economic maximisation of available land whilst simultaneously protecting the visual and environmental quality of the area. Hence, the following guidelines must be adhered to.

  • Maximum storeys in rural areas should be restricted to two.

  • Ridges of roofs should be below the height of an average coconut tree (16m.)


  • The Ground floor height should be at least 7.5m, with a ridge height of 5m.


  • Buildings over 100m high could be developed as Ground floor plus one floor with a ridge height of 10m.



  • Buildings over 200m high could be developed as Ground floor plus two floors with a ridge height of 15m.enough



All buildings must complement and blend in with the natural features of the land and locality. Buildings must also be constructed according to safety specifications and be structurally strong enough to be able to withstand a cyclone.

3. Buffer Zones

Landscaped buffer zones should be built and maintained around the building as a protective barrier against noise. This will also help maintain the privacy of the facility and enhance the quality of the property.

4. Construction/Design Guidelines

  • A coastal reservation of 50m-65m from the permanent vegetation line should be allocated.

  • Private paths should be between the edge of a coastal resort and the bio shield.

  • No boundary walls are allowed - hedges and live fences are recommended.

  • Bicycle and pedestrian tracks should be provided on either side of the highway.

  • Internal roads parallel to the main highway should be built to provide access.

  • Site coverage should be limited to 30%.

  • Power cables should be laid underground.

  • Surface water should be purified, recycled and reused for flushing.

  • Waste should be separated at source, recycled and reused.

  • The use of neon-signs is prohibited.

5. Visual Quality

All proposed buildings for tourist facilities should incorporate local architectural designs for the exterior, and, where possible, traditional patterns, designs and motifs in the interior. This does not exclude the use of modern design and décor, preferably using locally sourced material that does not clash with traditional styles.

6. Conservation

All buildings should be designed to conserve natural resources such as water and energy.

7. Project Proposal Guidelines

The Project Report should include the following:

  • Introduction

  • Scale

  • Concept

  • Location

  • Product Development

  • Financial Plan

  • Marketing Strategy

  • Community Benefits

  • Timelines for Completion