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Special work arrangement of New Buildings Divisions of Buildings Department in 2020

Notice to Registered Building Professionals and Registered Contractors Work Arrangement of New Buildings Divisions of Buildings Department between July 27 to August 2

In view of the latest situation of the epidemic, the Buildings Department (BD) will continue to provide emergency services and essential public services until August 2.

A Drop-in Counter comprising a deposit box and designated tables (for placing bulky items) will continue to be placed in the office of BD's New Buildings Divisions (NBDs) located at 7/F, 14 Taikoo Wan Road, Hong Kong to operate from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for receiving statutory submissions and related documents and forms for new building works. The receipt and dispatch counter and all AP/RSE Rooms in the NBDs Office will continue to be closed temporarily. To facilitate receiving BD's formal notification of receipt of the submissions to be issued at a later stage, applicants are requested to provide their contact email address in each covering letter of their submissions and a copy of the covering letter. In addition, the handling time of these submissions would inevitably be longer than usual, particularly those to be processed under the centralised processing system.

For plans and related documents which have been processed, applicants would be individually contacted to collect the relevant plans and documents from the above NBDs office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

To facilitate processing of submissions under the current work arrangement, each submission should be accompanied with a DVD-ROM disc containing the soft copy of all the documents (plans, calculations, reports, etc.) and a set of A3-size hard copy of the submitted plans. If available, a hyperlink for access to the soft copy of the subject submitted plans and supporting documents would be furnished with the case officer via his/her office email address or NBDs' dedicated email address at The soft copy of the submitted Form BA8, Form BA13, Form BA14 and Form BA14A may be forwarded to the email address of the case senior officers and/or case officers.

The case officers may contact AP/RSE/RGE to clarify queries on the plan submissions via telephone or email. If the plans are considered as approvable under the Buildings Ordinance (BO) but subject to minor amendments, the plans would be approved and the issues to be rectified / clarified would be listed out in the approval letter. AP/RSE/RGE are required to address these issues in future amendment submission for approval before applying for consent to the commencement of the works. In this connection, AP/RSE/RGE are reminded of their responsibility to ensure that all these issues be fully complied with the relevant regulations and codes of practice before commencement of the works as well as rectifying any contravention of the BO and its subsidiary regulations as and when they are discovered and in any event, before certification of completion of works.

Please contact us by email at for enquiries on urgent matters regarding statutory submissions of new development projects.

BD will continue to closely liaise with the relevant professional institutions and stakeholder organisations when reviewing the above arrangement.

Buildings Department

24 July 2020