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Repair, Planning & Building Control Procedure

1. Repair Work 

Before any repair works are carried out on buildings of heritage significance, approval or permit must first be obtained from the local council, MPPP’s Heritage Department. The permit is a form describing repair works to be carried out that do not increase the overall area of the building and do not involve additional structure.

a) Works requiring repair permits

i) Repair and maintenance works such as plumbing, fixing roof, leakage and re-wiring works;

ii) Re-roofing of a building or any parts of a building;

iii) Re-plastering and/or repainting of part of a building;

iv) Putting back original materials where missing for front facade and roof;

v) Change of material for any part of the building;

vi) Clearing works related to burnt/dilapidated building, either partly or fully and/or removal of overgrown plants; and

vii) Installation of temporary protective/safety measures or fencing/hoarding on buildings/sites.

For all types of work considered as repair works, particularly for Category I Buildings, advice and assistance from the MPPP’s Heritage Department or GTWHI should be sought prior to permit request.

b) Requirements for the application

i) Consent from property owner;

ii) Certified copy of land-title, quit rent receipt and assessment receipt;

iii) Photographs of existing building conditions;

iv) A brief written description of  works to be carried out including materials used; and

v) Photographs of the site before and after works.

Application for repair works can be submitted by the owner, contractor, licensed draughtsman, engineer or architect. The given permit is to be displayed outside the building before any commencement of work.

c) Repair works involving the closure of public space/right-of-way 

For any repair works involving the closure of public space/right-of-way, consent from MPPP must be obtained.

d) Site Inspection and enforcement 

i) MPPP will carry out inspection of the site:
• During the repair permit application process;
• During the repair works period;
• Upon completion of repair works; and

ii) Stop-work orders will be issued for any non-compliance of the repair permit. Remedial works are to be  carried out immediately, failing which legal action shall be taken.

e) Notification of completed works 
The applicant shall notify the MPPP, together with photographic evidence of completed works.

2. Planning Control

The Planning Permission is obligatory in accordance to the Town and Country Planning Act 1976 and is required for:

i) New development projects on Infill sites;

ii) New development project replacing existing building listed as Replacement;

iii) Demolition of parts or whole of a heritage building, Category 1 heritage object and non-heritage building;

iv) Extension of buildings or any part of a building;

v) Construction of new structures or buildings in Category II sites;

vi) Increase in height of a building or any part of the building;

vii) Change of use or activity of the building or land  – Controlling the Use of Land and Building of this document; and

viii) Roofing works involving changes to the existing roof profile and structures. The Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) is to be submitted together with the application

3. Building Control

The Building Plan Application is required under the Street, Drainage and Building  Act 1974 (Act 133). Building plans,
measured drawings and other documents considered necessary to support such application is required for:

i) Erection of new building;

ii) Extension of building or part of a building;

iii) Increasing the height of an existing building or part of a building;

v) Alteration of building or part of a building; and

iv) Restoration works of a building or part of a building.

Source: George Town Special Area Plan