Development in Old Districts
45. To enhance building safety, we will submit draft subsidiary legislation on mandatory building and window inspections to this Council for vetting as soon as possible. We will also table legislative proposals for more stringent control over building safety, which will include empowering the Buildings Department (BD) to apply to the court for a warrant to enter a flat for inspection and extending the Minor Works Control System to cover building works commonly associated with “sub-divided units”.
46. The HKHS and the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) will offer financial and technical support for owners to more effectively fulfil their building maintenance responsibilities. Since its launch in 2009, Operation Building Bright has helped maintain about 2 500 buildings, many of which did not have owners' corporations or the ability to organise maintenance works.
47. The BD will step up enforcement against UBWs. In parallel, we will strengthen enforcement against UBWs and illegal structures of New Territories Exempted Houses through categorisation and prioritisation of enforcement.