BUILDING owners are advised to get approval from Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) before renovating their properties.
Mayor Datuk Haffiz Ahmad said failure to do so could result in legal action taken against them for carrying out illegal renovations or putting up illegal structures on their buildings.
He said those who had already carried out illegal home renovations could get approvals from the city council if the works fulfilled all the existing regulations and guidelines.
“However, they will be penalised for failing to seek prior approval from MBIP before doing the renovation or extensions to their buildings,” he said.
Building owners could face a penalty of up to 30% based on the cost of the completed renovation project and illegal structures built, he said.
He added that such owners could appeal for a discount from the city council.
Haffiz said MBIP had placed large signboards at strategic places within its jurisdiction, containing information on the regulations for building renovation projects.
He said those found guilty for renovating their building without permit could face up to a RM250,000 fine and a maximum 10 years jail.
“Our building unit will assist owners planning to renovate their premises based on the approved standards and specifications,’’ he said, adding that the advisory service was free.
Haffiz also advised building owners to engage the service of contractors who are certified and registered with the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
Separately, he said MBIP would set up an animal compound for stray dogs caught in areas within its jurisdiction either by middle of next year or the end of 2022.
“We have identified an area in Taman Impian Emas for the compound,” he said.
He hoped non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that were interested to work with the city council would come forward with suggestions on the best way to manage the facility.
Haffiz added that apart from providing shelter for stray dogs, the public were also welcome to adopt the canines to give them a proper home.