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Blantyre City Council to enforce laws on illegal developers and Occupancy

Blantyre City CouncilMalawi’s commercial city of Blantyre has warned to discipline anybody found making illegal developments in the city saying that is illegal according to the laws of Malawi.

The BCC has also warned the public against occupying the premises or buildings without certificate of completion.

BCC has also advised the residents that the Assembly will not just seat and watch some individuals who extend their structures without the approval of the council.

In a press statement BCC notes that “It has come to the attention of Blantyre City Council that people are occupying premises (houses, offices, shops, warehouses and factories) without getting the necessary statutory approvals for the issuance of Certificate of Occupation,

“Many developers are also extending their buildings without first seeking the approval of the Council and a lot more are building houses and structures on illegal land.” reads the release in part which has been signed by BCC acting CEO Alfred Chanza.

“The public should note that it is illegal under Section 44 of the Town and Country Planning Act to carry out any development in the City without first obtaining the necessary approvals from the Council’s Town Planning Committee,”

Meanwhile, the Council has reminded all those that have occupied the premises and also those that have made extensions to their structures without the necessary approvals as well as those that have illegally built structures on any land to immediately contact the City Council’s Town Planning Department for the way forward.

“The Council shall conduct a verification exercise from 1st October, 2015 and all those found not to have adhered to this notice shall be heavily penalised and proper enforcement action shall be carried out.” 

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