Buildings Department (BD) advises licensing authorities from building safety point of view on the suitability of premises for uses in respect of the following:
|Type of Licence / Permit / Certificate||Licensing Authority|
||Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD)|
|Non-purpose Built School and Kindergarten||Education Bureau (EDB)|
|Child Care Centre||Social Welfare Department (SWD)|
|Place of Public Entertainment||FEHD|
Place of Amusement
||Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)|
|Liquor||Liquor Licensing Board|
|Oil Storage Installation||BD|
|Drug Dependent Persons Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre||SWD|
||Private Columbaria Affairs Office of FEHD|
In processing food business and places of public entertainment licence applications, BD has adopted streamlined procedures which rely to a great extent upon self-regulation of authorized persons and registered structural engineers in certifying compliance with building safety requirements.
Regarding processing time of the BD, please refer to the working targets for different types of applications.
"Self-certification System" for Handling Revised Plans at Restaurant Licence Application Stage / Alteration Plans of Licensed Restaurants (Applicable to General Restaurant Licence / Light Refreshment Restaurant Licence Only)
In general, the Licensing Office of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) will refer revised plans at the licence application stage or alteration plans of licensed restaurants to BD for comment if such plans consist of changes related to building safety. With the launch of a new Self-certification System by BD in December 2019, for restaurant licence applications/alteration applications processed and verified to have met certain criteria by BD, the applicant may opt to join the System by submitting an Authorized Person (AP)’s certification to FEHD to certify that the proposed changes shown on the revised plan/alteration plan are in compliance with the building safety requirements. Upon receipt of the AP's certification, FEHD will continue to process the application without the need of referring such plans to BD for comment.
The details of the Self-certification System are stipulated at Appendix and Annex I. The prescribed forms for the System are shown at Annex II (ie. Form SCERT-1) and Annex III (ie. Form SCERT-1a).
Examples of common building safety requirements to be imposed by BD for issue of General Restaurant Licence / Light Refreshment Restaurant Licence are shown below for AP's reference.
Licence Fees for Oil Storage Installations
BD licenses oil storage installations and the licence fees are:
|Description of Services||Prescribed Fee (HK$)|
|Issue of oil storage installation licence for a period of 12 months||$47,000|
|Renewal of oil storage installation licence for a period of 12 months||$30,300|
Frequently Asked Question
Doors should be installed with smoke seals under Clauses C6.1 and C16.5 of the Code of Practice for Fire Safety in Buildings 2011 (FS Code) which has come into effect since 1 April 2012. Such provision usually applies to the entrance doors of licensed premises which form part of a protected lobby of a required staircase or doors forming part of a protected lobby of a kitchen. In addition, reference should be made to the prevailing requirements in Clause E9.1 of the FS Code.
As the subject matters relate to the application of the FS Code, it is strongly advised that the service of an Authorized Person (AP) (an architect, engineer or surveyor registered under the Buildings Ordinance) should be enlisted at the early stage to avoid unnecessary waste of time and efforts resulting from unsuccessful applications.