APPLICATIONS TO BE VETTED: Restaurant and pub owners need special permission to extend their operation hours to show Euro 2012 matches
OWNERS of restaurants and pubs in the city will have to apply for special permission from City Hall if they want to extend the operation hours of their outlets during the UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2012).
Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail said all applications will be vetted before permission is given to outlets to screen the live telecast of matches.
"We will consider all applications before making any decision," he said after launching the second City Hall One-Stop Centre (OCS) Seminar at Renaissance Hotel.
As for coffee shops in residential areas, Fuad said City Hall will have to study their applications.
"The coffee shop owners will also have to consult their respective residents' association for permission.
"We don't want patrons shouting 'Goal!' in the wee hours of the morning and awaking the residents," he said.
Fuad also warned business operators not to put tables and chairs on five-foot walkways during the matches.
The Euro 2012 matches in Poland and Ukraine will be televised live on June 9 to July 2. All matches will be shown at midnight and 2.45am.
Meanwhile, Fuad said the one day seminar was held to inform the "principal submitting person", who may be architects, urban planners, engineers and developers, on the OSC's newly established procedures which reduce the red tape for construction permits in Kuala Lumpur.
He said the new procedure, which is known as the "OSC 1Submission" will only apply to small and medium scale projects in the city.
Fuad said developers now only have to follow 10 procedures when submitting their applications for development.
The procedures, however, will not apply to residential areas and all applications will be approved within 100 days.
"We have to simplify the application process from 32 to 10 procedures. The applications are for small businesses such as food outlets and car showrooms that are not more than 0.4ha.
"We have also had meetings with Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Syabas and they have also agreed to reduce their procedures," he said.
As of May this year, a total of 2,908 applications for development have been submitted to the OSC. Out of this total, 2,251 applications were considered by the OCS.
"We expect the applications to increase. Therefore, methods to manage and process the applications should be improved and updated from time to time.
"This way we not only satisfy our customers, but we can also simplify the application and monitor the OCS," he said.
Fuad also said the seminar was an effort to "engage" with interested parties in the implementation of this OSC 1Submission.
"Through the process of engagement, City Hall will not only provide an explanation and understanding to clients and stakeholders on the OSC 1Submission, but City Hall can also get feedback and views to improve the system to fully achieve its objectives," he said.