OWNERS of billboards that have been put up around the city without permits will have to be dismantled or taken down.
Should they fail to do it, the Penang Island City Council MBPP will remove it and charge the dismantling costs to the companies.
Owners will then be blacklisted for six months until they pay up.
“They will also be unable to renew their licences unless they pay the dismantling cost.
“Those who erect billboards that are not according to the guidelines set by the council will also be blacklisted.
“This includes switching the locations of the billboards without notifying us,” council Licensing and Public Health Standing Committee alternate chairman Ong Ah Teong said.
He was speaking to reporters in Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah in front of the Snake Temple where works to remove an oversized billboard was carried out.
He said that since June 2013 to August, the council had taken down 312 billboards belonging to 67 companies.
The council had also approved 81 billboards belonging to 27 companies.
“Some claimed that we are bias in giving approvals and only give out licences to two or three companies.
“It doesn’t matter how big the company is, everything has to be done according to the rules and guidelines.
“We want to control and prevent Penang island from being flooded with big and oversized billboards,” Ong added.
During a council meeting last November, it was decided that the issuing of licences for billboards on rooftops and podiums will be ceased beginning this year.
The decision was made following a thunderstorm on Sept 19, 2014 which wreaked havoc in parts of Penang, toppling at least one billboard at Krystal Point in Bayan Baru.
It was reported that a 6m x 18m signage fell ontop four cars from the five-storey building that day.