THE DEPARTMENT OF TOWN PLANNING AND HOUSING:
Administrative Structure and Scope of Operation
The Department of Town Planning and Housing (DTPH) is a government department under the Ministry of the Interior, and its main scope of operation concerns urban and spatial planning. An important part of its mission is the implementation of the Town and Country Planning Law. The Department is made up of three main Sections, those of Housing, Planning and Development Control.
The Housing Section undertakes the planning, design and management of public housing, at present almost exclusively serving refugees displaced by the 1974 Turkish invasion. The Development Control Section functions as the higher central Planning Authority of the country; it includes the Sectors of Plan Implementation and Planning Enforcement, and provides the administrative umbrella for five of the nation's nine independent Local Planning Authorities (District Offices). The Planning Section consists of various policy and project-oriented sectors, such as those of regional and transportation planning. The Department also includes the sectors of Planning Schemes and Architectural Heritage Preservation, as well as supporting administration, while it provides personnel and advice to the Nicosia Master Plan, a bi-communal institution involving both the Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot communities of the divided capital of Cyprus.
DTPH web site: http://www.moi.gov.cy/moi/tph/tph.nsf