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Mandatory Building Inspection Subidy Scheme


Objective

Full implementation of the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) was commenced on 30 June 2012. Owners of buildings aged 30 or above are required to carry out inspections of their buildings, including common parts, external walls, projections and signboards, once every 10 years.  To assist owners in complying with the statutory requirements, the Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) and Urban Renewal Authority (URA) launch the Mandatory Building Inspection Subsidy Scheme (MBISS) to provide financial assistance to eligible owners. The MBISS starts receiving applications from 12 October 2012.

Eligibility

✔ Private residential or composite (commercial & residential) buildings aged 30 or above excluding residential buildings not exceeding 3 storeys; and
✔ Buildings not in single ownership; and
✔ Of an average Rateable Value per residential unit not exceeding $162,000 p.a. for properties in the urban areas (including Shatin, Kwai Tsing and Tsuen Wan); or $124,000 p.a. for properties in the New Territories; and
✔ Received Pre-notification Letters or Statutory Notices on the MBIS issued by the Buildings Department


Application Requirements

Buildings with Owners’ Corporation (OC) –

▪Application for subsidy resolved in Management Committee Meeting or OC General Meeting; and
▪ Authorised member(s) of Management Committee to sign the relevant documents

Buildings without OC –

▪ Application resolved in Owners’ Meeting; and
▪Authorised representative(s) (must be DMC Manager / property management company / registered owner) to sign the relevant documents

(The resolution and authorization shall obtain consensus from 100% owners or in accordance with relevant Deed of Mutual Covenant)

Applicant is required to employ the Registered Inspector for the Prescribed Inspection according to the Buildings Ordinance and application form must be submitted before the employment of Registered Inspector. Registered Inspector should only be appointed after issuance of Approvel-in-principle under the Scheme.


Use of Subsidy

✔ Confines to the expenses on the first Prescribed Inspection for common parts conducted by a Registered Inspector according to relevant statutory requirements and the Code of Practice for MBIS & Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme (MWIS)
✔ If the actual expenses of building inspection does not exceed the subsidy cap and the owners receive Pre-notification Letters or Statutory Notices on the MBIS and MWIS at the same time, any remaining subsidy may be used to employ the same Registered Inspector or the Registered Inspector/Qualified Person in the same company to conduct Prescribed Inspection for windows in common parts


Areas NOT covered by the Subsidy


✖ Other expenses such as the Detailed Investigation, Prescribed Repair and window inspection & repair in individual private units
✖ Application for subsidy solely for inspection of MWIS items or individual items in non-common parts alone are not eligible


Subsidy Amount

The subsidy cap is determined according to the total number of residential and commercial units of the target building(s) covered by the same DMC.


Number of Units Subsidy Cap Limit (HK$)
20 units or below up to $25,000
21 to 49 units up to $35,000
50 to 200 units up to $60,000
201 units or above up to $100,000

Other Support

The existing one-stop Integrated Building Maintenance Assistance Scheme (IBMAS) organized by URA will provide financial assistance and technical support to building owners in formation of Owners' Corporation and conduct the Prescribed Repair as required by the inspection report of MBIS.


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For assistance under MBISS and IBMAS, please call 3188 1188.
HKHS and URA reserve the right to amend the eligibility criteria and/or details of the subsidy.

Last Updated: Jun 2017


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