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Buildings Department (BD) advises licensing authorities from building safety point of view on the suitability of premises for uses in respect of the following:

Buildings Department (BD) advises licensing authorities from building safety point of view on the suitability of premises
Type of Licence / Permit / Certificate Licensing Authority
Food Business
  • Restaurant
  • Factory Canteen
  • Cold Store
  • Bakery
  • Food Factory
  • Fresh Provision Shop
  • Milk Factory
  • Frozen Confection Factory
  • Siu Mei & Lo Mei Shop
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
  • Billiard Establishment
  • Public Bowling-alley
  • Public Skating Rink
Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD)
Karaoke Establishment FEHD
Liquor Liquor Licensing Board
Oil Storage Installation BD
Drug Dependent Persons Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre SWD
Private Columbaria Private Columbaria Affairs Office of FEHD
Others
  • Swimming Pool, Commercial Bathhouse, Offensive Trade, Funeral Parlour and Undertaker of Burials
  • Public Dance Hall, Amusement Game Centre, Mahjong and Tin Kau Establishment
  • Massage Establishment
 

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:

Licence Fees for Oil Storage Installations
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.


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