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What are the functions of the Planning Department?

2. Where is the Planning Department located?
3. What if I have a question or suggestion relating to planning?
4. What kind of information could I obtain from the Planning Enquiry Counter?
5. How do I find out the planned land-use and development of a particular district or a particular piece of land?
6. How do I know if there is a land-use amendment on the Outline Zoning Plan?
7. What is Outline Zoning Plan?
8. How is Development Permission Areas (DPA) Plan different from an Outline Zoning Plan(OZP)?
9. How could I report a suspected unauthorized development?
10. What is Town Planning Board?
11. How do I get a copy of the Outline Zoning Plan (OZP) or Development Permission Areas (DPA) Plan?
12. When is a S.16 application required?
13. How do I submit a Section 16 application?
14. What can I do if the proposed use neither fall within Column One nor Column Two Uses?
15. How do I participate in the planning process?
16. What if I have a suggestion or complaint to make on the Planning Department's services?

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FAQs of "Enforcement of Unauthorized Development"

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1. What are the functions of the Planning Department?

With the objective of making Hong Kong a better place to live and work in, the Planning Department is responsible for the preparation of various types of town plans to guide the proper use and development of land . These plans range from development strategies at the territorial and sub-regional level to detailed layout plans at the local district level. The Department also provides services to the Town Planning Board.

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2. Where is the Planning Department located?

The Headquarters of the Planning Department is located on the 17/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong. Click here for addresses of individual planning sections and district planning offices.

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3. What if I have a question or suggestion relating to planning?

You may visit our Planning Enquiry Counter, or call our Planning Enquiry Hotline at 2231-5000. You may also send us a letter, fax or e-mail stating clearly your question(s) or suggestion(s).

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4. What kind of information could I obtain from the Planning Enquiry Counter?

Staff of the Counter will assist you both in general and site-specific planning information, and any matters related to town planning in Hong Kong as much as possible. Current and previous Outline Zoning Plans and Development Permission Areas Plans and relevant planning documents are available for inspection.

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5. How do I find out the planned land-use and development of a particular district or a particular piece of land?

You may approach the Planning Enquiry Counter for information. You may also simply refer to the Outline Zoning Plan (OZP) or Development Permission Areas (DPA) Plan. Click here for information on how to obtain OZP or DPA.

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6. How do I know if there is a land-use amendment on the Outline Zoning Plan?

All the amendments on the Outline Zoning Plan will be exhibited for public inspection for a period of two months. During the first three weeks of the public inspection period, a notice will be published once a week in two daily Chinese and one daily English local newspapers and notified in each issue of the Gazette. The notice will specify the place and hours at which such plan may be inspected, and invite the public to make representation within the 2-month period. The notice will also be posted at the Secretariat of the Town Planning Board, the Planning Enquiry Counters of the Planning Department, the relevant District Planning Office, the relevant District Office, and, where appropriate, the local community centre and Rural Committee office, and be uploaded to the Town Planning Board's website.

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7. What is Outline Zoning Plan?

Outline Zoning Plan(OZP) is a kind of statutory plan prepared by the Town Planning Board under the Town Planning Ordinance. It is basically a plan that shows the land-use zonings and major road systems of individual planning scheme areas. Each plan is accompanied by a Schedule of Notes which show for a particular zone the uses always permitted (Column One Uses) and uses that would require permission from the Town Planning Board (Column Two Uses) upon application.

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8. How is Development Permission Areas (DPA) Plan different from an Outline Zoning Plan(OZP)?

DPA Plan is prepared for an area not previously covered by OZP. The land use information shown on a DPA plan is generally not as detailed as on an OZP. This Plan serves as a control to unauthorized development in the rural areas. This Plan will only be effective for three years from the date of publication and will be replaced by OZP within the period. Development without the necessary planning permission will constitute an unauthorized development and might result in prosecution. The provision for enforcement will however continue to be applicable in the areas even after the DPA Plan is replaced by OZP.

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9. How could I report a suspected unauthorized development?

You could report a suspected unauthorized development through our Enquiry hotline at 2231 5000 or you may also send us a letter, fax or e-mail. The Central Enforcement and Prosecution Section of the Department will investigate and action accordingly. The Department pledges to inspect any suspected unauthorized development and give a reply within 4 weeks on receipt of the report.

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10. What is the Town Planning Board?

The Town Planning Board is a statutory body established under the Town Planning Ordinance with a view to promoting the health, safety, convenience and general welfare of the community through the systematic preparation of plans for the layout of such areas of Hong Kong as the Chief Executive may direct, as well as the types of buildings suitable for erection therein. Click here to visit the Town Planning Board's web site.

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11. How do I get a copy of the Outline Zoning Plan (OZP) or Development Permission Areas (DPA) Plan?

Current OZP and DPA can be purchased at the Map Publications Centre
Hong Kong - 23/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point
Kowloon - 382 Nathan Road
OZP for individual district can also be purchased at the respective District Survey Office.

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12. When is a S.16 application required?

Each Outline Zoning Plan is accompanied by a Schedule of Notes showing the uses always permitted (Column One Uses) and uses that would require permission from the Town Planning Board (Column Two Uses) within a particular zone. There may be additional controls on developments within a particular land use zone and these are specified under the 'Remarks' column in the Notes for that land use zone. You only need to apply for permission under S.16 of the Town Planning Ordinance when your proposed use or development is under 'Column Two' or as required by the 'Remarks' of the Notes.

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13. How do I submit a Section 16 application?

The S.16 application form and the 'Guidance Notes' on how to apply are available at the Planning Enquiry Counter, and could also be downloaded from the Town Planning Board's web site.

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14. What can I do if the proposed use neither falls within Column One nor Column Two Uses?

You may submit an application for amendment of plan under S.12A of the Town Planning Ordinance. The S.12A application form and the 'Guidance Notes' on how to apply are available at the Planning Enquiry Counters, and could also be downloaded from the Town Planning Board's website.

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15. How do I participate in the planning process?

There are different ways to participate in the planning process. One way is to check the local newspapers and our web page for the latest planning news, and express your view by writing to us. Public forums are organised for major planning studies to solicit public views. Detailed schedules of the public forums including dates and topics are listed on our web site. New or amended OZPs will be exhibited for public comments, and any person may make representation to the Town Planning Board during the public inspection period. Gazetted information could also be accessed through the Town Planning Board's website. We welcome your participation.

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16. What if I have a suggestion or complaint to make on the Planning Department's services?

You could e-mail us if you have any suggestion or complaint. We will from time to time modify our web page and improve our services.

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