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Operation Building Bright 2.0 

Application for the owners’ organisation was closed on 31 Oct 2018

Purpose
With a view to safeguarding public safety, the Chief Executive announced in the “2017 Policy Address” to earmark HK$3 billion for the implementation of the “Operation Building Bright 2.0” (“OBB 2.0”). This one-off measure aims at providing technical and financial support for owner-occupiers of private residential or composite buildings aged 50 or above with a relatively low average annual rateable value. The Government has partnered with the Urban Renewal Authority (“URA”) to implement OBB 2.0 to assist owner-occupiers to act in compliance with the requirements under the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (“MBIS”).

Target Buildings
There are two categories of buildings under OBB 2.0:

Category 1
Category 1 covers buildings whose owners or owners' organisations are prepared to carry out at least the prescribed inspection and repair works for the common parts of their buildings on a voluntary basis with a view to complying with the outstanding MBIS statutory notices;

 

Special arrange for facilitating owners in making resolution to apply for the OBB 2.0
URA understands that some of the buildings with Owner Corporation (OC) formed have difficulties in coordinating and organizing and the owners’ general meeting (OGM). The OCs therefore may be unable to convene an OGM for the resolution of application for OBB 2.0; and to submit the relevant meeting minutes and the required documents to the URA by the application deadline, i.e. 31 Oct 2018. As such a consideration, the URA has the following special arrangement:

If the OGM cannot be conducted before the application deadline, the OCs can

  1. convene a Management Committee (MC) meeting on or before 31 Oct 2018 to obtain the resolution of joining the OBB2.0; and to convene an OGM for the above issue;
  2. submit the application form together with the minutes of the MC meeting as above-mentioned in (i);
  3. conduct the OGM at soonest possible for obtaining the resolution for joining the OBB2.0 and other related issues; and
  4. submit  the minutes of the OGM as above-mentioned in (iii) within 6 months after the closing of the application (i.e. on or before 30 April 2019). Otherwise, the application submitted is deemed to have been withdrawn.


Eligibility Criteria (For Category 1 Buildings Only)
A building participating in OBB2.0 must meet the following criteria:

1  The building is a private residential or composite (commercial & residential) building (including a building held by a Civil Servants' Co-operative Building Society (“CBS”)) aged 50 or above as of 31 October 2018 according to the Occupation Permit,  i.e. the date of the Occupation Permit shall be 31 October 1968 or before;
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  The building owners have received statutory notice(s) or pre-notification letter(s) issued by BD for mandatory inspection of the common parts of the building, but the compliance letter(s) confirming the completion of the prescribed inspection and prescribed repairs (if necessary) and that the works carried out has met the MBIS requirements had not been issued by BD as of 11 October 2017; and
4   Repair works contract must be procured through URA’s paid service known as “Smart Tender Building Rehabilitation Facilitating Services Scheme” (“Smart Tender”). If owners have invited tenders for repair works contracts as of 20 December 2017, the process shall be verified by URA that it conforms to the requirements of the Building Management Ordinance (Cap. 344) and/or the Deed of Mutual Covenant of the building (“DMC”) (if applicable).

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.

The completed Application Form and necessary supporting documents must be returned to URA on or before 31 October 2018.

 



Special arrangement for facilitating owners to form Owner’s Corporation (OC) to apply for the OBB 2.0
In order to facilitate the building without an Owner’s Corporation (OC) but the owners will form the OC shortly to apply for the Operation Building Bright 2.0 (OBB 2.0) URA has the following special arrangements:

 

  1. The owners should in accordance with the provisions of the “Building Management Ordinance (Cap. 344)” to convene a general meeting for resolution of OC formation and to reach a general agreement in applying for OBB2.0 and FSWS and to nominate at least 2 Owner’s Representatives to submit the application.
  2. The Owner’s Representatives should submit the application within the application period (i.e. on or before 31 October 2018) and to provide the relevant document, i.e. minutes of the owners general meeting or undertaking by the owners… etc, as a proof for OC formation is actively in progress.
  3. Other required documents, including the certificate of registration of Owners’ Corporation issued by Land Registry and the minutes of the subsequent owners general meeting for valid resolutions of joining the OBB2.0 and FSWS and other related issues1, should be submitted within 6 months after the closing of the application (i.e. on or before 30 April 2019). Otherwise, the application submitted by the Owner’s Representatives is deemed to have been withdrawn.

(1)  Please refer to paragraph 3.3(b) of the OBB 2.0 application notes.

Category 2
Category 2 covers buildings which have not complied with the outstanding MBIS statutory notices but the owners or owners’ organisations concerned have difficulties in coordinating the prescribed inspection and repair works for the common parts of the buildings and are selected by Buildings Department (“BD”) based on risk assessment. For Category 2 buildings, BD will exercise its statutory power to arrange consultants and contractors to carry out the necessary works on behalf of the owners.

Use of Subsidy
 
Common Parts of the Building
1             The subsidy must first be used on the prescribed inspection and repair works for the common parts of the building under MBIS and Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme (MWIS). All works must be carried out in compliance with the relevant legal requirements.
 
2             After paying for the “Priority Works” mentioned above, the remaining part of the subsidy can be used for the following building repair works, which are within the scope of  URA's “Common Area Repair Works Subsidy” (“CAS”) but do not fall within the category of “Priority Works”, including:
(a)          Fire safety improvement works, such as means of escape, means of access for fire-fighting & rescue and fire resisting construction;
(b)          Provision of, improvement to and maintenance of fire service installations and equipment of the building;
(c)           Removal of unauthorised building works and illegal rooftop structures;
(d)     Improvement of building and sanitary services, e.g. repairing, maintaining and replacing lifts, fire services installations and equipment, electrical installations, gas risers and communal aerial system, and replacing defective fresh water pipes;
(e)          Repair of water-proofing membranes at rooftops and flat roofs and works to alleviate water seepage problem;
(f)           Provision, improvement and repair of common water tanks;
(g)          Repair or replacement of defective metal works/carpentry;
(h)          Provision, improvement and repair of barrier free access and facilities;
(i)            Provision, improvement and repair of security system of the building;
(j)            Maintenance works for slopes or retaining walls around the building; and
(k)         Application of environmental friendly material in repair works and installation of green/ environmental friendly facilities or fittings.
 
The inspection, professional services and any associated or follow-up works arising from the works mentioned above may also be subsidised.

Private Projecting Structures
Apart from mandatory inspection and repair works for the common parts of the buildings, Statutory Notices will also be issued to owners of individual premises requesting them to inspect and repair their private projecting structures. In this regard, OBB 2.0 offers subsidies to the owner-occupiers of the participating buildings for inspection and repair works for their private projecting structures.

Target Beneficiaries and Level of Subsidy
Once the application is approved, the owner-occupiers may apply for the subsidies as set out below: 
 
(a)          For prescribed inspection and repair works for common parts of the buildings

Owner-occupied unit Level of Subsidy
Owner-occupiers 80% of the cost of the relevant works, subject to a cap of HK$40,000 per unit
Elderly owner-occupiers [aged 60 or above 100% of the cost of the relevant works, subject to a cap of HK$50,000 per unit

 
(b)          For prescribed inspection and repair works for private projecting structures
 
For owner-occupiers of the buildings approved for carrying out prescribed inspection and repair works for common parts of the buildings under OBB 2.0, they may apply for the following subsidy if needed:

Owner-occupied unit Level of Subsidy
All owner-occupiers 50% of the cost of the relevant works, subject to a cap of HK$6,000 per unit

 
Eligible owner-occupiers shall fill in and submit the “IBRAS Application Form for Owners of Individual Premises” to URA within the application period specified in “AN-OBB2.0(OO)”.
For CBS buildings approved for participating in OBB 2.0, members of the CBS may apply for subsidies for owner-occupiers/elderly owner-occupiers mentioned above for their units.

Other Subsidies
1   Eligible buildings may apply for subsidies under CAS  and “Mandatory Building Inspection Subsidy Scheme” (“MBISS”) simultaneously for the owners of non-owner-occupied units. After receiving the subsidies specified in (a) above, the owner-occupiers shall not be entitled to the subsidies under CAS and MBISS for the works concerned.  The subsidy amount / maximum subsidy for a building under CAS and MBISS will be accordingly reduced in proportion to the number of owner-occupiers being subsidised under OBB2.0.
2  If the building is eligible for the Fire Safety Improvement Works Subsidy Scheme (“FSW Scheme”), the Applicant may make the application simultaneously.  However, the relevant fire safety improvement works shall not duplicate with those approved under OBB 2.0. Please refer to “AN-FSWS” for details.