Area Offices

Welcome to the Homepage of the Area Offices of Akrotiri and Dhekelia.Area Offices act as the civil government of the two Sovereign Base Areas and are an integral part of the Sovereign Base Areas Administration. Each Sovereign Base Area has its own Area Office, i.e. the Area  Office Akrotiri, for the Sovereign Base Area of Akrotiri (WSBA) and the Area Office Dhekelia, for the Sovereign Base Area of Dhekelia (ESBA).

The mission of the Sovereign Base Areas Administration, reflected in the role of the two Area Offices is:-

  • To administer the SBAs in order to ensure their effective use as military bases;

  • To secure the full co-operation of the Republic of Cyprus at local, district and central Government levels;

  • To protect the interests of those resident and working in the SBAs.


Key Roles and Activities

  • Providing local government in the SBAs, enforcing SBA policy and legislation and monitoring the enforcement of legislation delegated to the appropriate Officers of the Republic of Cyprus .

  • Supporting British Forces Cyprus in effectively using the SBAs as military bases.

  • Controlling development in the SBAs by applying the provisions of SBA policy on non-military development and monitoring the enforcement of the Streets & Buildings (Consolidation) legislation delegated to the appropriate District Officers.

  • Controlling and licensing the establishment of businesses in the SBAs - both inside and outside the cantonments - by effectively applying the provisions of relevant SBA legislation and policy.

  • Liaising with the Republican local, district and central government authorities, the SBA Police and the British Forces Cyprus on a wide range of activities and issues of mutual interest.

  • Protecting and enhancing the environment of the SBAs, by managing the foreshore, forestland and the countryside in general.

  • Controlling hunting within the SBAs.
  • Issuing birth and death certificates for civilian residents of the SBAs, conducting civil marriages and issuing marriage licences for military personnel, UK-based civilians and their dependents.
  • Maintaining and improving the public infrastructure of the SBAs, including public spaces, roads, rural tracks, public signs and other public amenities.
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