Building owners warned on conversion of parking spaces

BAGUIO CITY – The City Building and Architecture Office (CBAO) warned building owners who disregard several notices for the return of parking allocations in their structures that appropriate cases will be filed against them if they continue to defy such notices.

Engr. Nazita F. Bañez, City Building Official, claimed CBAO has the list of these defiant business owners, that is why appropriate monitoring is now being done by the CBAO personnel to check their compliance to previously issued notices.

The City Building Official pointed out coordination was also done with the City Permits and Licensing Division not to issue business permits to the stalls occupying these parking allocations to compel the subsequent closure of the said establishments because of their blatant violation.

“CBAO is ready to file the necessary cases for violation of the National Building code for the wilful conversion of the parking allocations to business stalls which is not allowed under existing rules and regulations,” Bañez told members of the City Council during the initial deliberation of the CBAO budget.

Bañez claimed that since she assumed the position of City Building Official, the Local Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals (LZBAA) never approved requests for exemption from the provision of parking spaces in their structures for the use of their tenants to prevent them from parking their vehicles along roads that contribute to the constriction of traffic.

According to her, the building owners were already issued notices to revert the stalls back to parking allocation, thus, they have to comply or else they will answer for their violations once it will be proven that they did not actually comply with the necessary provision.

She added there were some building owners who already reverted the stalls into parking areas in their establishments upon receipt of the said notice while some of them have yet to comply, thus, the need for another round of monitoring to check on compliance.

The CBAO official said it erring building owners grossly violated the provisions of their building permits that warrant the filing of the appropriate charges against them under existing laws that prohibit such illegal acts./By Dexter A. See#


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