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A Zone Defense

Calls to Demolish Illegal Structures and Jail Those who Break Building Permit Regulations

(11/3/2013) A member of a special legislative committee to examine problems and issues surrounding the issuance of Building Permits (IMB) is calling for those proven to be violating existing rules to be subjected to criminal prosecution.

Bali Post reports that Nyoman Satria, a member of an IMB Legislative Task Force (PANSUS IMB), says violations of IMB rules have become rampant due to weak enforcement by the relevant agencies of the government. “Stronger supervision from the applicable agencies must be strengthened further in order that the number of violations can be reduced,: said Satria.

Satria said the punishments handed down for those who break IMB rules are far too light. He said fines imposed by the law would not answer the problem, with jail time and forced demolition of structures now needed.

To this end, Satria is calling for criminal penalties to be included in current plans to redraft zoning laws.