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Licensing of Hotels and Guesthouses, Clubs, Bedspace Apartments and Karaoke Establishments

The policy objective of Home Affairs Bureau is to regulate fire and building safety of hotels and guesthouses, club-houses, bedspace apartments and karaoke establishments through implementation of statutory licensing schemes.

Background

The Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation Ordinance (Cap. 349), Clubs (Safety of Premises) Ordinance (Cap. 376), Bedspace Apartments Ordinance (Cap. 447) and Karaoke Establishments Ordinance, (Cap. 573) provide for statutory licensing schemes to regulate fire and building safety of hotels and guesthouses, club-houses, bedspace apartments and karaoke establishments respectively. Licences, certificates of compliance or permits will be issued or renewed to those meeting the statutory safety standards in respect of fire safety, building safety, health and hygiene.

The Office of the Licensing Authority of Home Affairs Department is responsible for the enforcement of the four Ordinances.

Appeal Boards

Any person who is aggrieved by a decision of the licensing authority (i.e. the Secretary for Home Affairs) in respect of the licensing matter of hotels/guesthouses, club-houses and bedspace apartments may appeal to the Appeal Board (Hotel and Guesthouse Accommodation), Appeal Board (Clubs (Safety of Premises)) and Appeal Board (Bedspace Apartments) respectively. Membership of the three Appeal Boards is identical as follows -

Chairman

Mr LEUNG Wai-keung, Richard

Non-official Members

Mr CHAN Wing-ho

Mr CHEUNG Chi-hung

Mr HUNG Ho-ching

Mr LAM Chi-ki

Ms LEUNG Chi-hang

Mr PONG Yiu-po

Dr WONG Kong-tin

Ir YU Lin-keung, Maurice

Ms CHOW Kin-tak, Alice

Ms KAM Heung-wah

Miss LEUNG Wun-man, Emba

Ms LO Fung-yee, Daphne

Ms WONG Pak-yan, Annie

Mr CHAIN Siao-liang, Christopher

On the licensing matter of karaoke establishments, any person who is aggrieved by a decision of the licensing authority may appeal to the Administrative Appeals Board.


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