Council OK needed for extensions

RESIDENTS must apply for a permit from the Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) before carrying out extensions or changes to the house structure.

They are also required to submit their extension plans in accordance with the council’s building plan guidelines for approval, said MPPP councillor Tan Seng Keat.

“We want the public to be aware that they can’t simply carry out any extension. They need approval from the council.

“If they don’t do this, the extensions will be considered illegal and they could be demolished by the MPPP.

“We want to educate the public on the matter.

“We don’t want residents to be unhappy when the council takes action,” he told the press during the MPPP Public Education programme at the SP Setia residential area in Bayan Lepas yesterday.

Tan and MPPP officers gave out brochures on MPPP guidelines for building plans to the residents there.

SP Setia Group’s Head Technical Property Division (North) Ting Tai Theam who was present lauded the programme, saying that the company supported the ruling.

“We always stress landscaping and cleanliness.

“When we hand over the house key to buyers, we tell them about the guidelines for house renovation and extension.

“The residents are also advised to clear renovation waste outside their house so it won’t be a nuisance to the neighbours,” he said.

Tan, who is also the MPPP Enforcement and Public Education alternate chairman, said the extensions were usually done when someone bought an old house and wanted to renovate it.

“This is the second time we have come to a residential area to educate residents on the matter,” he said.

The public can get more information on the matter from MPPP’s Building Department at 14th Floor, Komtar. They can also call 04-2624400.

Also present were MPPP councillors Ramlah Bee Asiahoo and Gooi Seong Kin.

Source: The Star

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