Unlicensed hotel operators to pay the price for missing deadline

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  • Wednesday, 04 Nov 2015

HOTELS or motels under the moratorium list for unlicensed hotels which have yet to obtain a temporary operating permit or apply for one, will have to pay triple the amount for their temporary permits for the
new term from Nov 1 to next year on Oct 31.

State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said some 20 businesses out of 191 hotels and dormitories which had ignored or failed to submit an application, would still be able to apply for the temporary permits but at a higher rate of RM9,600.

“The council has decided to extend the temporary operating permits for those in the moratorium list.

“Those who already have the temporary permits will be given a one-year extension at the old rate of RM2,400 (for hotels) or RM1,200 (for dormitories), with the condition that they have sent in their applications for change of use, which includes rezoning, planning permission, building plans or the express conditions in land title before Oct 31 this year,” he said in a press conference in Komtar on Monday.

However, he said those who already had a temporary operating permit but had yet to submit the change of use before Oct 31, would still be allowed to apply for the temporary permits at the new rate of RM7,200 (for hotels) or RM3,600 (for dormitories).

Chow also said some 30 new hotels and motels without temporary permits that were not in the moratorium list, would be eligible to apply for temporary operating permits for a year for the same period of Nov 1, this year to Oct 31 next year.

He also said new hotels which were not eligible for the temporary operating permits, would be subject to enforcement of the new rates.

“Out of the 30, only five have submitted their applications for change of use.

“The council will not stop taking continuous enforcement,” he said.

A permanent license only costs RM240 per year.

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