BAGUIO CITY – City government authorities mull the simultaneous revocation of building, occupancy and business permits issued over business establishments that failed to restore their converted parking spaces.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong, in the Management Committee meeting Dec. 3 directed the City Buildings and Architecture Office (CBAO) to notify the owners of the establishments that failed to revert the parking slots which they converted into stalls and other uses to their original purpose.
CBAO Officer-in-Charge Arch. Johnny Degay said there were 28 establishments within the Central Business District that were issued building permits with approved parking spaces but altered their building plans and converted the parking slots into commercial stalls in violation of Presidential Decree 96 or the National Building Code and city ordinances.
He said all of them were given grace period during the time of former mayor Mauricio Domogan to rectify their violations either by restoring their parking areas or by designating parking areas outside their buildings but to date not one of them complied.
The mayor said the city will no longer tolerate these establishments’ defiance of the law as he tasked the CBAO to begin the process of revoking their permits in coordination with the Permits and Licensing Division.
The establishment’s violation of the National Building Code and city ordinances is a ground for the revocation of the building and occupancy permits.
The CBAO has the authority to recommend the disapproval or non-renewal of business permits of non-compliant businesses./Aileen P. Refuerzo