Macau | AL committee urges Gov't to terminate opportunistic use of commercial licences

The Follow-up Committee of Public Administration Affairs of the Legislative Assembly (AL) has urged the Macau SAR Government to prevent licence holders of restaurant business to request money from new tenants in exchange of cancelling their original operation permits

Macau (MNA) – The Follow-up Committee of Public Administration Affairs of the Legislative Assembly (AL) has urged the Macau SAR Government to make use of its authority to prevent licence holders of restaurant businesses from requesting money from new tenants in exchange for cancelling their original operation permits, Committee chairman and legislator Si Ka Lon said on Thursday.

Speaking to the press after the closed door meeting, Mr. Si pointed out that the problem is aggravated by the fact that the rental contract of stores cannot be switched to a new tenant if the commercial licence in possession of the previous tenant has not been cancelled.

Commercial licences are pegged to a specific business location. According to the law, the licence will be terminated after two years without renewal.

Under certain circumstances, the previous licence holder will ask the new tenant who wants to make use of the store facilities to pay an amount of money to cancel his or her licence.

The government is currently working on revising the by-law to authorise the evaluation committee – which is only empowered to make evaluations of the licensing procedure – to also approve licences for applications relating to the F&B business, reports the Committee chairman.

Si said the aforementioned authorisation is only implemented for licence applications issued by the the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM).

The revision of the by-law is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018, according to Mr. Si, citing the MSAR Government.

The implementation of temporary licences was also discussed during the meeting.

Mr. Si said the temporary licence would be offered to owners who hired experts such as an engineer to oversee construction works as a way to improve the licensing procedure, while the owner has to assure that the attendant project is completed as specified.

In addition, applicants can verify online the progress of licence application, while related information and documents could be easily accessed via the cloud system shared byvarious departments, he explained.

[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]

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