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Construction projects in Penang island: 24-hour approval to start work

GEORGE TOWN (Aug 26): Certain construction projects in Penang island will be given 24-hour approval to start work, the Malay Mail reported today.

Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang told the media that “certain categories of construction will be allowed to start work 24 hours after they submit an application for building permission and commencement of work”.

“They will have to submit the application with an undertaking letter, and within 24 hours, they will be allowed to commence work,” he said after the full council meeting this morning.

The projects that will benefit from such 24-hour approval will be residential buildings of less than four units with valid planning permission and renovations on residential buildings that are less than 50 per cent of the built-up area or less than 1,500 sq ft, the news portal reported.

The residential properties include terrace houses, bungalows and semi-detached houses.

Previously, the application for building permission and commencement of work approvals could takes up to 37 days.

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