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Bali Villas Built in Restricted Zone to be Demolished?

Simplified Villa Registration to be Completed by August 29th. Villas in Restricted Green Zone Will Not be Licensed and Be Marked Instead for Eventual Demolition.

(6/2/2007) The Indonesian-language BisnisBali warns that the tolerance of the Badung Regency's authorities when it comes to granting licenses to Villas in Bali will have its limits. The Chief of Tourism for the Badung Regency, Made Subawa, told the press that the special team established for the registration of tourism accommodation will not process permits for villas built in Bali's "green zones" or "jalur hijau" where permanent construction of any kind is strictly prohibited.

Promising to accelerate current efforts to register all commercial villas in Bali before August 29, 2007, Subawa's team has simplified the permit process. Providing a "one stop" approach, applicants can now simultaneously present their principal permission (izin prinsip), environmental impact study (Amdal), building permit (IMB), and work place permit/no disturbance permit (SITU/HO). The Regency team will then immediately process the permit, targeting the completion of at least two applications each working day.

While villas built in certain restricted areas will be given some degree of tolerance, Subawa warned that no leeway will be given to villas built in "green zones."

Admitting that his department does not have the legal power to order the demolition of villas built in restricted "green zones," Subawa said violator would be formally reported to the Regent or Bupati who has the authority to order the villa's eventual demolition.