Ministry consolidates rule book for “horeca” businesses

POSTED: 04/15/11 12:19 PM

St. Maarten – The Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications has placed all rules, regulations and ordinances governing restaurants, bars and snack bars and other hotel, restaurant and café (horeca) facilities into a single document. The Enforcement Policy, as the consolidated rule book is called, was published Thursday and can be found at the government’s website or requested from the Department of Records and Information Management (formerly known as General Affairs) at the government administration building.

The consolidated policy document, which was approved by the Executive Council on May 18, 2010, simplifies and synchronizes enforcement of the rules, regulations and ordinances and allows for enforcement and decisions.
“This not only simplifies the control mechanism for the government controllers and inspectors, but also creates transparency whereby the relevant stakeholders are informed about the way the government will deal with its decision making authority,” a release from the Department of Communications stated.

One of the areas covered by the consolidated policy is control on loud music in residential areas. This issue generated frequent complaints that led to the adopting of the Residential Economic Policy and noise pollution controls in July 2009. The controls included inspectors checking sound levels with meters and issuing warnings and sanctions where necessary. The inspectors also did return visits. Department heads and section heads from the then sector Economic Affairs and Tourism also led a public information campaign, done in collaboration with the Government Information Service, to raise awareness of noise pollution.


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