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Building safety

Dangerous Buildings

The Buildings Department acts on reports on dangerous or defective buildings.

Common examples of dangerous buildings

Example of dangerous buildings
Example of dangerous buildings
Example of dangerous buildings

What should owners do?

Property owners and co-owners should volunteer and participate in the maintenance or renovation works, which serve to protect public safety and help create a safe living environment.

Consult a prescribed building professional or prescribed registered contractor to confirm whether the repair/investigation works to be carried out are under the Minor Works Control System (MWCS).

What should owners do?
Inspection Scheme Description
Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme (MWIS) Inspection of windows for buildings aged 10 years or above (except domestic buildings not exceeding 3 storeys)
Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) Inspection of buildings aged 30 years or above (except domestic buildings not exceeding 3 storeys)

Attention

Owners who obstruct the Owners Corporation in the execution of works to comply with BD's order without reasonable excuse may be prosecuted and liable on conviction to:

  • Maximum fine at level 3 (HK$10,000, at present) and
  • Imprisonment for 6 months.

Owners should carry out the repair works immediately upon receiving the statutory order from Buildings Department.

Attention

In emergency or blatant cases, the Department will carry out any necessary repair works in the first instance and recover the costs from the owners concerned afterwards.

Penalties

Penalties
Type Details of Penalty
Fail to comply with a statutory order
  • Maximum penalty of one year's imprisonment, and
  • Maximum fine at level 5 (HK$50,000 at present)
Continuing offences
  • Daily fine of HK$5,000.
  • Order will also be recorded in the Land Registry.

Common questions

You may check against the records kept by Land Registry as orders issued by Buildings Department would be registered in Land Registry and discharged on compliance

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