DBKL releases guidelines on temporary licence for petty traders

KUALA LUMPUR: Those who are looking to start a small business in the city can apply for a six-month temporary licence from the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) starting Sunday (Nov 15).

DBKL said that applications were open to all Malaysians above 18 and could be made online or by submitting a completed form.

"Applications can be made online at https://elesen.dbkl.gov.my/ or applicants can download the form from the same website to be completed.

"They must also attach relevant supporting documents such as a copy of their identification card, location plan and photo, and an approval letter from the landowner or building management," it said in a statement on Friday (Nov 13).

DBKL added that applications would be open until March 31,2021, and that physical forms could be submitted to its branch offices in each parliamentary constituency or housing offices for people's housing projects and public housing.

The types of trade allowed included food and beverages, dry items, fruits and poultry.

"Cooking activities are allowed on a small scale and limited to only one stove. Examples include banana fritters, keropok lekor and burgers.

"Stall owners must ensure no waste or rubbish is left at the site after business and these must be discarded at suitable locations," it said.

The local authority said trade in controlled items such as tobacco, explosives, vape and alcohols would not be allowed.

"Nor are service activities such as kiddy ride, massage, gambling, barber and bicycle rental," it added.

Operating hours for these businesses would be from 7am to 11am (morning), 11am to 3pm (afternoon), 3pm to 7pm (evening) and 7pm to 10pm (night).

Each stall was allowed a folding table and a makeshift tent measuring 8sq ft.

"Stall owners are not allowed to put tables and chairs for their customers, and sales are only by takeaway.

"They must also remove their equipment from the trading site after business.

"No fee will be charged for the licence. The licence is valid from Nov 15 until April 15 next year," said DBKL.

DBKL also reminded stall owners that they must be present at the stall at all times and warned them against building permanent structures.

"Each person is limited to one licence only. Traders that already have an existing licence are not qualified to apply for this temporary licence.

"Applicants for food and beverage licences must also be vaccinated against typhoid," said DBKL.

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