The Head of the government tourism office for the regency of Badung in Bali has warned that owners who fail to properly register their commercial villas before the August 29, 2007 deadline can expect to have their properties put under seal. Drs. I Made Subawa made that threat on July 9, 2007, following a meeting with the Provincial House of Representatives.
Reminding villa owners of his promise to process permit application from all private villas filed before the deadline, with the exception of those built in prohibited "green zone," Subawa warned that villa owners can expect a strict enforcement of the rules if they fail to take advantage of the generous grace period. To date, 450 of the estimated 711 villas operating in Badung remain unlicensed and will come under the promised crackdown, including the "sealing" of the unregistered villas. Sealing typically involves the posting of an official "do not use" poster on the errant properties gate and a sealing of the villas entrance.
As reported on balidiscovery.com [70% of Bali Villas Illegal], the large number of illegal villas operating in Bali and the growing popularity of this type of accommodation with local visitors results in a substantial loss of local tax revenues.
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