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Government of the Bahamas
Government of the Bahamas

Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher COLUMBUS first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas has prospered through tourism, international banking, and investment management. Because of its location, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.

The Bahamas is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy.

Source: CIA World Factbook

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Real Property Tax (Amendment) Act, 2013 (No. 6 of 2013).

Legislation
Bahamas
Américas
Caribe

This Act amends the Real Property Tax Act by adding a section 33A, which introduces tax amnesty programmes. The Minister may at any time, by Order, authorise one or more amnesty programmes which, in the opinion of the Minister, will promote and encourage the increased payment of real property tax by persons liable under this Act for the payment of such tax. Amnesty programmes may concern real property whether on the assessment list, the re-assessment list or not at all listed.

Amends: Real Property Tax Act (Cap. 375). (2009)

Department of Physical Planning Regulations, 2011 (S.I. No. 4 of 2011).

Regulations
Bahamas
Américas
Caribe

These Regulations provide for the constitution of the Department of Physical Planning and provide with respect to the organization of the Department. The Department shall have Policy Planning Division and a Development Review Division. The Policy Planning Division shall be comprised of: (a) a Land Use Plan Section; and (b) a Zoning Bye-law Section. The Development Review Division shall be comprised of: (a) a Site Plan Control Section; (b) a Subdivision Section; (e) an Architectural Control Section; and (d) an Enforcement Section.

Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Rules, 2011 (S.I. No. 3 of 2011).

Regulations
Bahamas
Américas
Caribe

These Rules, made by the Minister under section 65(5) of the Planning and Subdivision Act, 2010, concern the composition, functions and procedures of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board established under section II of the Act and provide rules with respect to appeals to be made to the Board from decisions of the Town Planning Committee appointed under section 5(1) of the Act. Subject to section 66 of the Act, a decision of the Board is final.

Implements: Planning and Subdivision Act, 2010 (No. 4 of 2010). (2010-03-16)