Police demand Kuta’s Sky Garden nightclub shut down due to permit issue, threaten permanent closure

Located on Kuta’s main drag, Jl. Legian, Sky Garden is a favorite amongst backpackers and Aussies on schoolies. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Located on Kuta’s main drag, Jl. Legian, Sky Garden is a favorite amongst backpackers and Aussies on schoolies. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Kuta’s most infamous nightlife venue has been forced to temporarily suspend its operations due to an expired operational permit.

According to local reports, the permit had run out on January 16 but it’s expiration had been initially overlooked due to a change in the club’s management.

“They didn’t realize that their operational permit was dead, because of the transition from old to new management, said Igak Suryanegara, the head of Badung Police, yesterday, as quoted by Jawa Pos.

The club’s management were reportedly given two weeks to amend the situation but to no avail. As a result, police officers arrived at the Jl. Legian venue on Friday (15/3) to affix official warning stickers to the entrance demanding the closure of the club until further notice.

In addition, the giant videotron owned by Sky Garden, which had also been operating without permission, was requested to be deactivated.

If management fail to take care of the permit issues, Suryanegara says that they face a second warning letter and the threat of permanent closure.

Update: Sky Garden has since reopened for business, reportedly on the condition that its permit issues be resolved within the week. When telephoned to verify the matter, Sky Garden failed to comment on the permit issues but said that they had not missed a day of business. 

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