Planning Permission


 What is planning permission?


According to Town and Country Planning Act, 1976 (Act 172), ‘Planning Permission” means permission granted, with or without Condition, to carry out development.


 What is “Development” or “Develop”?

According to Act 172, “development” means the carrying out of any building, engineering, mining, industrial, or other similar operation in, on, over, or under land, the making of any material change in the use of any land or building or any part thereof, or the subdivision or amalgamation of lands; and “develop” shall be construed accordingly.


 What are the activities that require planning permission?


According to the Negeri Perak Planning Control Procedures (General), 1991, the Planning Permission must involve the following development:


  1. To erect / build / carry out any building / buildings / works on the said land as per enclosed plan;
  2. To divide the said land as per enclosed plan;
  3. To join the said lands as per enclosed plan;
  4. To make material changes to the use of said land as per enclosed plan;
  5. To make material changes to the use of building on the said land as per enclosed plan;
  6. To carry out extension / modification on a building on the said land as per enclosed plan.



How to apply for planning permission?


According to Section 21(1) Act 172, an application for planning permission in respect of a development shall be made to the local planning authority (Ipoh City Council, Town Planner Department) and shall be in such form and shall contain such particulars and be accompanied by such documents, plans, and fees as may be prescribed.



An application for planning permission in respect of a development shall be made in Form A Schedule 1 as included in Negeri Perak Planning Control Procedures (General), 1991, that can be obtained from Town Planner Department, Ipoh City Council.



What is meant by HOLDING?


Briefly, “Holding” means an asset that is a land that has or has not a building on it.



What is meant by ANNUAL VALUE?


Annual Value is defined as the estimated annual gross rental for a holding / property. For a vacant land and land that is not developed fully, the Annual Value is 10% of its Market Value. This rate could be reduced to 5% with the approval from the State Local Authority.



How does the valuation process carried out?


The officers from the department will carry out a survey on the site and building. The owners or the occupants are requested to give full cooperation by permitting the officers to enter the building and to provide the information or to fill in the forms if required.


The officers will wear name tags and carry the authorization card. The owners can request to check the cards.


A notice on the Annual Value will be sent to the owner before the Assessment Tax is enforced.

What is right if you are not satisfiedwith the valuation?


You can submit an objection letter subject to the date as stated in the notice.


The Council will consider your objection and will make a decision.


If you are still not satisfied with the decision, you may appeal to the High Court.


What are the main problems faced by the property owners?


There are two common problems:



i.     does not receive the Assessment Tax bill; and

ii.    error relating to the name on the bill or the bill is still under the previous owner’s name 

How to resolve the problems?


The Assessment Tax bills are sent out in the first week of January and July every year. If you do not receive the bill, please come to the office. If it relates to error in name or others, it can be updated by the owner filling in the relevant forms.


How can the relevant forms be obtained?


The forms can be obtained by i. by writing a letter to the council; ii. come to the Asset Valuation and Management Department; or iii. Download the forms from MBI portal.


What are the common offences made by the Food Operators?


  1. Dirty preparation / selling place.

Dirty and smelly preparation/selling place can attract flies and other insects. This offence can be charged under By-Law 4(1).


  1. Using water from public / private toilet.

Water from the toilet might be dirty as dirty water might splash when people used the toilet. It is not only dirty but might also carry dangerous germs.  This offence can be charged under By-Law 3(b).

  1. Using water from source other than the main water pipe.

Using water from other source might not guarantee the water cleanliness. It might contain germs that could cause sickness to the customers. This offence can be charged under By-Law 3(a).


  1. Food operator’s hygiene and dirty clothes.

This offence can be charged under By-Law 7 (1)


  1. Food wrapper.

Using printed paper to wrap food is an offence and can be charged under By-Law 12 (5)


  1. Dirty surrounding.

Dirty surrounding can endanger customers’ health and is a breeding place for insects like cockroaches and flies. This offence can be charged under By-Law 4(2)


  1. Using dirty cloth to wipe utensils and food wrapper/container.

Using cloth that has been used to dust or on other dirty items can endanger customers’ health. This offence can be charged under By-Law 9.


  1. Dirty cooking utensils.

Using dirty cooking utensils can be the breeding ground for germs and can endanger customers’ health. This offence can be charged under By-Law 15(2).


  1. Using dirty plates.

Plates must be cleaned every time after use. Using dirty plates is an offence and can be charged under By-Law 14(1).

Coupon Parking System


What is the purpose of introducing coupon parking system?

Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333) empowers Ipoh City Council to collect payment and control parking places for the following purposes:

  1. Provide comfort and ease in parking.

ii.   Control parking to ensure it does not affect the traffic.


When did the coupon parking system start?

Ipoh City Council started using the Coupon Parking System since 1 September 2006.


What is the coupon parking rate?

½ hour   -  RM0.30

1 hour    -  RM0.60

1 Day    -  RM4.00


Where to get the coupon?

Parking coupon can be obtained from the authorised agents appointed by Ipoh City Council in all Ipoh City Council areas. Each agent will be provided with a signpost as identification.



How to use the coupon?

Scratch 5 parts that indicate year, month, day, hour and minute of the starting parking time, and display it on the dashboard.

If more than one coupon is displayed at the same time, the timing for the second coupon will start once the first coupon expires. Wrongly scratched coupon is considered invalid and could be compounded.


What are the common parking offences?

  1. Does not display the parking coupon issued by the Council when parking at a coupon parking space.
  2. Displaying expired / invalid parking coupon.
  3. Displaying the coupon in the vehicle where it could not be clearly viewed by the Enforcement Assistant (Parking).
  4. Displaying the coupon without proper marking.
  5. Parking the vehicle outside the parking space in the parking area.
  6. Obstructing parking space.
  7. Parking without regard to the traffic instruction.
  8. Carrying out a business at the parking space.
  9. Obstructing fire hydrant.
  10. Parking at a footpath / pathway.
  11. Parking at a space not intended for the vehicle type.



Convicted offences can be fined up to RM300 and any costs owing, and must be paid as provided under Section 57, Road Transportation Order (Car Parking  Provision)(Ipoh City Council) 2005