IPOH: The Ipoh City Council has become the first local authority in the state to adopt the Dealing with Construction Permits (DCP) manual – a move aimed at speeding up small-scale non-residential projects.
Ipoh Datuk Bandar Datuk Ahmad Suaidi Abdul Rahim (pic) said the DCP would shorten the application process and procedure for developers to secure permits, thus saving costs and ensuring development is expedited.
"The people now want an efficient and quick system, and any form of delay caused by red tape can slow down the application process.
"This is an effort to improve the delivery system, which not only has an impact on our services but also saves cost and improves the image of government bodies," he said during the launch of the manual at Weil Hotel here on Wednesday (Oct 8).
The manual is meant to help developers obtain small-scale non-residential building permits faster.
These include shophouses, offices, club houses, budget hotels, eateries, warehouses and recreational centres.
Ahmad Suaidi said the process of getting a permit has been shortened from six steps to five, and within these five steps, the number of procedures has been reduced from 38 to just 10.
"The period from application to the acknowledgment and approval of the Certificate of Completion and Compliance has also been cut from 175 days to just 59 days," he added.
Ahmad Suaidi thanked the Local Government Department and the Malaysia Productivity Corporation for making Perak among the few states to be the "champions" of the pioneering DCP programme.
"Aside from the Ipoh City Council, five other local councils in the programme are in Johor Baru, Penang Island, Seberang Perai, Kota Kinabalu and Shah Alam," he said.