Call to obtain approval before building extensions

|     James Kon     |

MINISTER of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suhaimi bin Haji Gafar said that there are 14,746 illegal housing extensions in the Brunei-Muara District, 3,070 in the Belait District, 499 in the Tutong District and 352 in the Temburong District.

The statistics were compiled by the Department of Housing Development, which the minister provided in response to a question from member of the Legislative Council (LegCo) Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman on illegal extensions to buildings and residences.

The minister said, “The Department of Housing Development under the Ministry of Development does not forbid people from carrying out extensions to accommodate their growing number of family members; however, they must apply for approval first, as already stated.

“Any extensions or new renovations that have been forwarded to the Ministry of Development are currently under consideration and will be given approval, according to current guidelines.”

He also warned against renovations or extensions made to commercial or industrial buildings, without any authorisation from the Ministry of Development.

As for house renovations and extension that have yet to gain approval, the minister said, “They can re-submit drawing plans for the extensions, to make sure that the structural integrity is still maintained. However, for extensions that have not been approved, then action will be taken according to the Building Control Order 2014.”