Deadline to legalise renovations extended again


SUBANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has extended its deadline to approve illegal renovations of terrace houses until Aug 31 next year.

This is the second extension to the deadline by the council.

The programme was initially supposed to end in February this year, but was later extended to Aug 31 this year.

Owners who submit their renovation plans to the council by the new deadline will be exempted from paying a penalty, which is 10 times the processing fee.

However, property owners will have to pay the processing fee for a new plan, ranging between RM100 and RM1,000, depending on the extension and compound arrears.

MPSJ deputy president and acting president Mohd Zulkarnain Che Ali who announced the new deadline at the council’s full board meeting yesterday, said legalising the extensions was vital for property owners to enable them to sell their houses at the current market rate.

“And in case of any mishaps, it is covered by insurance,” he said.

On the issue of illegal extensions at industrial buildings, Mohd Zulkarnain said the council would take action against the premises owners.

There was a grace period from April 2015 to March 31, 2016, for owners to legalise illegal extensions as the council found that many carried out extensions without permit.

During the grace period, the council agreed to waive the penalty and only charge a compound at a flat rate of RM500.

“However, only 45% of building owners applied for a temporary permit,” he said, adding that from July 18, the council started taking action against those who flouted the regulations under Section 11 of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 and demolish the illegal structures.

“The cost for this and a compound of RM12,500 will be charged to offenders,” he said.

On the issue of parking methods, Mohd Zulkarnain said the council would continue to use both the parking coupons and the parking machines.

“The coupons are an alternative when parking machines malfunction. We hope to later take over issuing the parking coupons to motorists. However, the machines will still be maintained by parking concessionaire Godell Parking Sdn Bhd as there are five more years before the contract ends,” he said.