ALL the 138 illegal hotels in Penang have been urged to apply for a licence.
State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said a notice was sent out on March 15 to inform the owners on the island and Seberang Prai to apply for one within six months.
“It is important to make sure the hotel operators are registered with us, so they can meet the requirements stated by the local council,” he said during a press conference at Komtar yesterday.
He said there were 118 illegal hotels on the island and 20 on the mainland.
“The heritage enclave alone has 69 illegal hotels,” he said.
Chow said they had separated the illegal hotel operators into two categories — those who have never submitted a licence before, and those whose applications had been rejected previously.
He said those who required their advice and assistance on the technical requirements could consult the Penang Municipal Council office from today to April 21 at Komtar Level 14.
“There will be a talk for hotel operators without a licence on April 21.
“This is to provide a clear explanation on the requirements to aid them during the application process,” he said.
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