As the final deadline and closing of the "grace period" for the registration of commercial villas drew to a close on August 29, 2007, a sudden rush of applications flooded Bali's Badung Tourism office in order to escape the promised coming crackdown on illegal accommodation operators.
When the final deadline passed, Badung authorities estimated that of 711 commercial villas operating in the region, 226 (32%) now hold formal licenses while 300 have filed for their licenses. The remaining 189 villas (27%) are operating illegally.
Authorities have indicated that the coming enforcement drive against illegal villas will soon commence with three separate formal warnings issued at intervals of one week prior to a final "sealing" or closing of the illegal villas for a minimum period of six months. Villas found to be lacking proper building permits and violating local zoning rules may be subject to demolition.
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