A house owner, who had made an extension to the house for business purposes in Kampong Sungai Hanching, Mukim Berakas, was ordered by the Planning Authority to demolish the extension for violating Section 23 (2) of the Town and Country Planning Order 2015 for building the extension without planning permission.
One part of the extension, used as a kitchen and storage area, was found built within the building line and onto the road reserve. Another part of the extension, used as a restaurant, was built within the building line and on state land. The case was the result of public complaints.
The Planning Authority through the Department of Town and Country Planning under the Ministry of Development (MoD) had issued an enforcement notice to the owner to demolish the extension, the failure to comply with the Enforcement Notice would be a further offence. The owner complied with the Planning Authority’s order and demolished the whole extension in March 2021.
The public is reminded to comply with the planning laws, in particular Section 23 of the Town and Country Planning Order 2015 which states that no person shall carry out the development, subdivision or consolidation of any land or carry out any work in a conservation area without permission from the Planning Authority.
Starting August 1, the Planning Authority will invoke their power to compound offences under the Town and Country Planning (Composition of Offences) Regulations 2018 for Section 23 offences. The compound fines shall not exceed BND500. Upon failure to pay the fine within seven days, the case will be referred to Court where the offender can be fined up to a maximum of BND200,000.
Among the offences under Section 23 that can be compounded include using, obstructing, placing goods for sale and erecting structures in prohibited areas of business and industrial premises, particularly on sidewalks, pedestrian walkway, car parks, green areas and building line areas which may affect public safety and the surrounding property.
Developments without planning permission may cause harm and affect public safety. The public is reminded to comply with the existing laws by obtaining planning permission for any development or use of land.
For complaints or advice, contact the Department of Town and Country Planning hotline at 8200222.