JOHOR BARU: Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) has reminded restaurant owners to abide by the guidelines on using empty space around their premises to place tables and chairs.
Mayor Amran A. Rahman said restaurant owners are allowed to use the empty space around their premises, including parking spots provided they get approval from MBJB and adhere to the requirements set.
“They must get approval from MBJB as the council needs to first assess the condition surrounding the premises and ensure it is safe to be used.
“However, restaurant owners are only allowed to use parking spaces from 6pm to 2am, with only three tables allowed to be placed in each bay,” he said in a press conference.
Amran said restaurant owners would be charged between RM20 and RM40 per table as well as a RM100 deposit.
“However, they are not allowed to cook or set up any permanent construction at the parking area and walkways near their premises.
“Last year, the council received and approved 139 applications for the use of parking areas around food premises,” he said, adding that 536 compounds were issued to restaurant owners who had been using parking areas without prior approval from the council while 266 restaurants had their tables and chairs seized for the offence.
On another matter, Amran
said MBJB also urged both government and private premises to ensure their toilets are clean and
in line with the standards set by the council.
“We have graded 1,630 toilets in 2018, including those at supermarkets, restaurants, petrol stations, universities, schools and places of worship.
Amran said it was important for the matter to be taken seriously as the cleanliness of public toilets was a reflection of the city’s development.