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Purpose

Subsidy and technical support are provided to encourage Owners' Corporations (OCs) / Owners' Organisation / Representatives of all owners to carry out comprehensive maintenance works in building common areas.


Eligibility Criteria

  1. Private residential or composite (commercial and residential) building aged 30 years or above Note 1 (according to the Occupation Permit) (including a building held by a Civil Servants’ Co-operative Building Societies (CBS)); and
  2. The average annual rateable value limit of domestic units in the building should not exceed HK$162,000 in urban areas (including Shatin, Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan), should not exceed HK$124,000 in the New Territories ;
  3. Authorised Person (AP)/Registered inspector (RI) must be appointed by open tender to carry out condition surveyNote 2 and organise the respective repair works for the building. Application must be submitted before the appointment of such aforementioned person.
  4. Must concurrently join “Smart Tender”  Building Rehabilitation Facilitates Services which is subsided by Government.
  5. Building has not been within the Urban Renewal Authority (URA) announced redevelopment project Note 3.

Note 1: Excluding: (a) building in single ownership; (b) building of three storeys or below or New Territories Exempted  Houses; and (c) housing estate of Tenant Purchase Scheme under the Hong Kong Housing Authority.      

Note 2:  If the building has completed comprehensive repair works in the past five years, and the Applicant only intends to carry out individual repair or improvement works under supervision of a qualified professional, the Applicant may submit relevant documentary proofs to the URA to apply for waiver for conducting comprehensive building condition survey.               
Note 3: (i)   For building located within the URA’s announced redevelopment project area but in need of dealing with  the  statutory order or notice, the owners may refer to “Maintenance Cost Reimbursement Scheme” of the URA to apply for ex-gratia allowance for the eligible work items.
           (ii)  For building located within the URA’s redevelopment project area where owners shall carry out relevant prescribed repair works in compliance with the requirements of the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme, the URA will at discretion consider the application. 

Owner's organisations and Applicant's Representatives

  • If an owners’ corporation (OC) has been formed, the OC should be the Applicant submitting the application to the URA.
  • For building without an OC (including those held by CBS), all owners collectively or CBS (if appropriate) should be the Applicant submitting the application to the URA. Please refer to the “Application Notes for building without Owners’ Corporation” in Annex I of the IBRAS Application Form for the application requirements and details.


Content Brief

Subsidy

The subsidy must be used in the works in common areas relating to building safety, hygiene and environment friendly works.  All works must comply with statutory requirements. Approved building will enjoy the following subsidy:

General repair works subsidy

The total amount subsidy for each of the Applicant (whichever is the lower):

Nos. of Unit Ceiling Amount of Subsidy within 5 years
20 or less 30% of the approved cost of general repair works and related consultancy fee, capped at HK$150,000
21-49 20% of the approved cost of general repair works and related consultancy fee, capped at HK$150,000
50 or above                20% of the approved cost of general repair works and related consultancy fee, or not more than HK$3,000 per unit, capped at HK$1,200,000

Green Item Subsidy

If the maintenance works include green/ environmental friendly works, each of the Applicant will  enjoy the following subsidy (whichever is the lower):

Nos. of Unit Ceiling Amount of Subsidy within 5 years
20 or less    30% of the approved cost of green items and related consultancy fee, capped at HK$75,000
21-49 20% of the approved cost of green items and related consultancy fee, capped at HK$75,000
50 or above              20% of the approved cost of green items and related consultancy fee; or not more than HK$1,500 per unit, capped at HK$600,000

Use and Scope of works for the subsidy
 

Subsidy for formation of OC

To encourage the building owners to form OC to carry out building repair works, the Applicant of this Scheme will be granted a subsidy of HK$3,000 for forming an OC on condition that the date of issue of the Certificate of Registration of OC falls within 12 months before the submission date of the Application Form of the Scheme, and an “Approval-in-Principle Letter” has been granted to the application for the Scheme.

 

Application for subsidy of Operation Building Bright 2.0 and Fire Safety Improvement Works Subsidy Scheme

If the building is eligible for the Operation Building Bright 2.0 ("OBB 2.0"), the Applicant may apply for subsidy of OBB 2.0 for the eligible work items. However, owner-occupiers of domestic units in the building who have benefited from OBB 2.0 will not be subsidised under this Scheme (including subsidy of Common Area Repair Works Hardship Grant in the Scheme). The subsidy amount/maximum subsidy for a building under the Scheme will be accordingly reduced in proportion to the number of owner-occupiers being subsidises under OBB 2.0. For details on application for OBB 2.0, please refer to “AN-OBB2.0(Bldg)”.
 
If the building is eligible for the Fire Safety Improvement Works Subsidy Scheme ("FSW Scheme"), the Applicant may also apply for subsidy of FSW Scheme for the eligible work items. However, work items approved under FSW Scheme shall not duplicate with those approved under this Scheme. For details on application for FSW Scheme, please refer to “AN-FSWS”.


Special Grant and Relieve

In the approved building for the Scheme, the domestic unit owner registered in name of individual with financial difficulty may apply for the common area repair works hardship grant for a maximum grant of HK$10,000.