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Codes of Practice, Design Manuals and Guidelines

e-BriefcaseWith a view of facilitating easy reference by all concerned, we have included all the latest versions of the Code of Practice, Design Manuals and Guidelines into the e-Briefcase. A consolidated version may be downloaded from the e-Briefcase.

Codes of Practice

Code of Practice for Building Works for Lifts and Escalators 2011 Code of Practice for Building Works for Lifts and Escalators 2011  
For Sale
Old Versions
Code of Practice for Dead and Imposed Loads 2011 Code of Practice for Dead and Imposed Loads 2011  
Not Available For Sale
  1. Corrigendum (7 March 2014)  
Code of Practice for Demolition of Buildings 2004 Code of Practice for Demolition of Buildings 2004   (6.79MB)
Not Available For Sale
Code of Practice for Fire Resisting Construction 1996 Code of Practice for Fire Resisting Construction 1996
Not Available For Sale
Old Versions
Code of Practice for Fire Safety in Buildings 2011 Code of Practice for Fire Safety in Buildings 2011   (2.86MB)
(Available for sale upon notice)
  1. Corrigenda (April 2012)  
  2. Corrigenda (January 2013)  
  3. Corrigenda (September 2013)  
  4. Addenda & Consequential Corrigenda (Effective on 25 October 2014)  
Code of Practice for Foundations Code of Practice for Foundations  
For Sale
Code of Practice for the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) and the Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme (MWIS) 2012 Code of Practice for the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) and the Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme (MWIS) 2012   (3.93MB)
Not Available For Sale
  1. Amendment (September 2014)  
Code of Practice for Oil Storage Installations 1992 Code of Practice for Oil Storage Installations 1992   (1.27MB)
Not Available For Sale
Code of Practice for Overall Thermal Transfer Value in Buildings 1995 Code of Practice for Overall Thermal Transfer Value in Buildings 1995
For Sale
Code of Practice for Precast Concrete Construction 2003 Code of Practice for Precast Concrete Construction 2003   (1.22MB)
For Sale
Code of Practice for the Provision of Means of Access for Firefighting and Rescue 2004 Code of Practice for the Provision of Means of Access for Firefighting and Rescue Purposes 2004   (2.12MB)
For Sale
Old Versions
Code of Practice for the Provision of Means of Escape in Case of Fire 1996 Code of Practice for the Provision of Means of Escape in Case of Fire 1996
For Sale
Old Versions
Code of Practice for Site Supervision 2009 Code of Practice for Site Supervision 2009  
For Sale
Technical Memorandum for Supervision Plans 2009 Technical Memorandum for Supervision Plans 2009  
For Sale
Code of Practice for Structural Use of Concrete 2013 Code of Practice for Structural Use of Concrete 2013   (6.34MB)
Not Available For Sale
Old Versions
Code of Practice for the Structural Use of Steel 2011 Code of Practice for the Structural Use of Steel 2011   (4.16MB)
Not Available For Sale
Old Versions
Explanatory Materials to Code of Practice for the Structural Use of Steel 2011 Explanatory Materials to Code of Practice for the Structural Use of Steel 2011   (2.01MB)
For Sale
Code of Practice on Wind Effects in Hong Kong 2004 Code of Practice on Wind Effects in Hong Kong 2004  
For Sale
Old Versions
Explanatory Materials to the Code of Practice on Wind Effects in Hong Kong 2004 Explanatory Materials to the Code of Practice on Wind Effects in Hong Kong 2004  
For Sale

Disclaimer: The obsolete versions of Code of Practice provided on this webpage are for reference only. It should not be relied upon as an exhaustive source of all obsolete versions.

Design Manuals

Guide to Fire Safety Design for Caverns 1994 Guide to Fire Safety Design for Caverns 1994  
For Sale
Design Manual - Barrier Free Access 2008 Design Manual - Barrier Free Access 2008
For Sale
Old Versions

Guidelines

Guidelines on Design and Construction Requirements for Energy Efficiency of Residential Buildings 2014 Guidelines on Design and Construction Requirements for Energy Efficiency of Residential Buildings 2014   (3.62MB)
General Guidelines on Minor Works Control System General Guidelines on Minor Works Control System For Sale
Technical Guidelines on Minor Works Control System Technical Guidelines on Minor Works Control System
(This is an updated version. Printed version is under preparation.)
Practice Guidebook for Adaptive Re-use of and Alteration and Addition Works to Heritage Buildings 2012 Practice Guidebook for Adaptive Re-use of and Alteration and Addition Works to Heritage Buildings 2012   (3.48MB)
Not Available For Sale
Guidelines on the Design and Construction of Bamboo Scaffolds Guidelines on the Design and Construction of Bamboo Scaffolds  
For Sale
The Buildings Department's Internal Guidelines on Imposition of a Surcharge on Works carried out in default of Owners (Defaulted Works) under the Buildings Ordinance (BO) - A Summary The Buildings Department's Internal Guidelines on Imposition of a Surcharge on Works carried out in default of Owners (Defaulted Works) under the Buildings Ordinance (BO) - A Summary  eFree
General Guidelines on Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme and Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme General Guidelines on Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme and Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme (6.31MB)  eFree
The Buildings Department's Internal Guidelines on Prioritisation of "Actionable" Unauthorised Building Works A Summary The Buildings Department's Internal Guidelines on Prioritisation of "Actionable" Unauthorised Building Works A Summary  eFree
Guidelines on Maintenance and Repair of Drainage System and Sanitary Fitments Guidelines on Maintenance and Repair of Drainage System and Sanitary Fitments  eFree
Guide on Erection & Maintenance of Advertising Signs Guide on Erection & Maintenance of Advertising Signs  eFree
Guidelines for Identification of Abandoned or Dangerous Signboards Guidelines for Identification of Abandoned or Dangerous Signboards  eFree

eFreeThe above Free publications are available at Buildings Department.

Building Maintenance Guidebook

Building Maintenance Guidebook 
(Current version is being reviewed. Available for sale of new version upon notice)

Some of the above publications are available for sale by:


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