Under the Building Ordinance (Cap 123), erection of signboards is a type of building works controlled.
Signboards that have not been erected in accordance with the following requirements and are not designated exempted works are regarded as unauthorised signboards and would be subject to enforcement actions by the Buildings Department (BD):
Large Signboards erected with prior approval of plans and consent to commencement of works obtained from the BD.
Small Signboards erected with submission through the simplified requirements under the Minor Works Control System.
Legal Status of Validated Signboards
The legal status of the unauthorised signboards that have been validated remains unchanged and they are still unauthorised building works since no approval has been obtained from the BD prior to erection. However, the BD will not take enforcement action against such validated signboards unless they become dangerous.
Legal/Validated Signboards Database
The Buildings Department is establishing a database of all legal and validated signboards to facilitate control and enforcement actions. The information of such signboards will be uploaded progressively to the Government's GeoInfo Map (the information of the signboards in Central & Western, Wanchai, Yau Tsim Mong, Eastern, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon City, Yuen Long, Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong has been uploaded) for its staff and public's reference. The remaining information will be uploaded progressively while the database will be updated regularly.