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Summary of new/revised Practice Notes

The Building Authority has issued the following new/revised Practice Notes which can be viewed/downloaded vide the link below:

December 2022

Practice Note No.
Title
Remark
Refuse Storage and Collection - Building (Refuse Storage and Material Recovery Chambers and Refuse Chutes) Regulations
The revised PNAP APP-35 promulgates an alternative approach for the provision of refuse storage and material recovery rooms. This revision also incorporates amendments to the limiting specifications of refuse collection vehicles.
Railway Protection under Railways Ordinance, Mass Transit Railway (Land Resumption and Related Provisions) Ordinance and Area Number 3 of the Scheduled Areas in Schedule 5 to the Buildings Ordinance
Railway Protection under Railways Ordinance, Mass Transit Railway (Land Resumption and Related Provisions) Ordinance and Area Number 3 of the Scheduled Areas in Schedule 5 to the Buildings Ordinance
The revised PNAP APP-24 and PNRC-14 mainly cover updates to the list of existing railway lines, guidelines on carrying out building works within railway protection areas and the associated revisions on the monitoring control requirements. In addition, the revised PNAP APP-24 and PNRC-14 set out new guidelines on engineering approach for movement control and assessment of the effects on railway structures/facilities and operations, communication and announcement mechanism for private construction works within railway protection areas.

September 2022

Practice Note No.
Title
Remark
Demolition Works Measures for Public Safety
Demolition Works Measures for Public Safety
The revised PNAP APP-21 and PNRC 6 promulgates streamlining measures for fast track acceptance of completion by new specified Form BA14B for demolition works meeting the criteria as specified in the revised PNAP APP-21. In addition, to facilitate the application for consent to commence the demolition works, a checklist for the essential precautionary and protective measures to be carried out and required documents to be submitted for the application has been also provided in Appendix C to the revised PNAP APP-21.

August 2022

Practice Note No.
Title
Remark
Building Design to Foster a Quality and Sustainable Built Environment
In tandem with issue of JPN No. 8 – "Incentive to Promote Green and Innovative Buildings Enhanced Facilitation Measures for Buildings Adopting Modular Integrated Construction" which takes effect from 1 August 2022, Appendix A to PNAP APP-151 has been updated. Besides, PNAP APP-161 – “Exemption of Gross Floor Area for Buildings adopting Modular Integrated Construction” has been repealed.

July 2022

Practice Note No.
Title
Remark
Incentive to Promote Green and Innovative Buildings Enhanced Facilitation Measures for Buildings Adopting Modular Integrated Construction
JPN No. 8 promulgates enhanced facilitation measures for buildings adopting Modular Integrated Construction (MiC) including increasing the concession of floor area from the current 6% to 10% and providing corresponding site coverage concession as well as supporting applications for exceeding building height limits due to increase in floor area caused by the adoption of MiC which takes effect from 1 August 2022.
Second Package of Incentives to Promote Green and Innovative Buildings
In tandem with issue of JPN No. 8, JPN No. 2 has been updated with references on MiC adoption removed.

May 2022

Practice Note No.
Title
Remark
Submissions to the Buildings Department
Submission of Plans and Documents in Electronic Format
Buildings Ordinance (Cap. 123) Specified Forms
Buildings Ordinance (Cap. 123) Specified Forms
Submission of Plans and Documents in Electronic Format
Submissions to the Buildings Department
The above PNAPs and PNRCs are amended for the implementation of Electronic Submission Hub (ESH) and the associated revisions to the requirements of e-Counter and Electronic Forms Submission System. Stage 1 of ESH has been launched on 31 May 2022.
Building Approval Process
Essential Information in Plan Submissions
Minor Amendment Works
The revised PNAP ADM-19 and PNAP ADV-33 promulgate streamlining measures for the preparation, processing and approval of general building plans. In addition, the revised PNAP ADM-19 and PNRC 52 provide facilitation arrangement on the minor amendment of certain foundations works. The revised PNAP ADV-33 also incorporates amendments to the sample drawings for general building plans.
Submission of Certificate of Completion of Building Works, Application for Occupation Permit and Submission of Record Plans and Information
The revised PNAP APP-13 promulgates facilitation measures on submission of certificate of completion of building works, application for occupation permit and submission of record plans and information as well as encouraging paperless submission of required documents.
Hong Kong Airport (Control of obstructions) Ordinance (Cap. 301)
The revised PNAP APP-32 provides textual updates, including the new airport height restrictions (AHRs) prescribed in the Hong Kong Airport (Control of Obstructions) (No.2) Order 1997 (Amendment) order 2021 which come into operation on 31 May 2022. The new AHRs will not apply to any building erected in accordance with plans approved by the BA before 31 May 2022 and any minor works and designated exempted works completed before the said date.

April 2022

Practice Note No.
Title
Remark
Curtain Wall, Window and Window Wall
Modular Integrated Construction
Quality Control and Supervision of Precast Concrete Construction
Quality Control and Supervision of Precast Concrete Construction
The revised PNAP APP-37, PNAP ADV-36, PNAP APP-143 and PNRC 63 promulgate enhanced/alternative arrangements for qualified supervision and quality audit for precast concrete construction, modular integrated construction and heat soak process of tempered glass.

Summary of new Circular Letters

The Building Authority has issued the following new circular letters which can be viewed/downloaded vide the link below:

December 2022

Title
Remark
This circular letter reminds industry of refraining from offering gifts or advantages of any kind to officers of the Buildings Department.

September 2022

Title
Remark
The AAQ provides a list of the academic qualifications of the key personnel of the registered contractors previously accepted by the Building Authority for contractors’ registration under the Buildings Ordinance for reference.
The Circular Letter calling on the registered building professionals and registered contractors to inspect the temporary works, the sequence of construction or method statements of the temporary structures and the associated fixing methods to ensure that all tower cranes erected or to be erected in construction sites under their supervision are safe, so as to prevent recurrence of the incident involving a tower crane at a construction site. Structural design of their supporting structures and foundations should be reviewed if necessary.

August 2022

Title
Remark
The Circular Letter promulgates the full launch of the mobile application - "WIN SAFE" for public use and invites the QPs to encourage owners to download and register for use.

July 2022

Title
Remark
The Circular Letter promulgates certain amendments to the Code of Practice for Foundations 2017 which have been taken effect from 26 July 2022.
Due to the recent alarming mosquito infestation situation, the Circular Letter reminds taking appropriate actions promptly to strengthen mosquito prevention and control in construction/demolition sites.

June 2022

Title
Remark
The Circular Letter promulgates the launching of Stage 1 of Electronic Submission Hub on 30 June 2022 as well as the setting up of a dedicated helpdesk and email to provide technical support to users.
The Circular Letter promulgates the issuance of electronic certificates of registration to the registered building professionals and registered contractors for applications submitted on or after 30 June 2022.

May 2022

Title
Remark
The Circular Letter promulgates a new mobile application - "WIN SAFE" to facilitate the appointment of QPs for early compliance of the Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme notices and welcomes QP registration.
As a seasonal reminder, the Circular Letter provides guidelines on rodent-proofing design in new buildings and mosquito/rodent prevention and control measures in construction/demolition sites.

April 2022

Title
Remark
The Circular Letter promulgates the enhanced alternative arrangements for qualified supervision and quality audit for precast concrete construction, modular integrated construction and heat soak process of tempered glass accepted under the stepped up cross-boundary control. It also supersedes the circular letter issued on 7 February 2020.
The Circular Letter serves as a seasonal reminder to the building professionals and contractors to pay special attention to the prevention measures at construction sites in respect of safety of scaffolding and tower crane as well as flood prevention.

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