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City Services

The City Services Department is a quasi-government body responsible for the issuance of Building and Signage Permits as well as the enforcement of the Freeport Building and Sanitary Code Including Subdivision and Town Planning Regulations.

The purpose of the City Services is to provide technical support to 230 square miles of property into a functional City by virtue of protecting the public and the environment from unauthorized development.

The City Services functions are carried out by five (5) groups. The following is a summary of the responsibilities of each group:-

Building

Responsible for Issuance of Building Permits Issuance of Occupancy Certificates Building Code Compliance (Safety and Enforcement) Contractor Certification.

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Planning

The Planning Unit is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the orderly and progressive development of land in Freeport, it is also responsible for zoning and land utilization, functionality and appearance, including all horizontal construction.

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Environmental

Responsible for Environmental Management, Regulatory Compliance and Envrionmental Awareness.

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City Management

Responsible for: Maintenance (Upkeep) of GBPA owned public spaces and management of Public Hotline for GBPA Services Management of Port Group hurricane plan road and infrastructural maintenance, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

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Geographical Information System

Responsible for administration of GBPA Technical Data Management of the city.

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ABOUT GBPA


The Hawksbill Creek Agreement (HCA) gave GBPA responsibility for the development, administration and management, and provision of services within an area called the 'Port Area' (230 sq. miles). GBPA was mandated by this Agreement to build a deep water harbour, an industrial community and required infrastructure for the City.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


GBPA has achieved an astonishing amount since its inception in 1955.  When first created it was a Grand Bahamian business conglomerate charged not only with land and commercial development but also with all the regulatory and administrative functions of the Freeport/Lucaya.

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THE WAY FORWARD


Firstly, I wish to thank Joan Albury and the Counsellors for this platform enabling us to share with the Grand Bahama community, the outlook for our island! 2015 marks the 60th year of the birth of Freeport and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement; 60 years of a partnership between The Government of The Bahamas and The Grand Bahama Port Authority. I'm here to raise hopes for 2015 and to lay a few popular myths to rest - For those who don't know me, I am Sarah St George.

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