Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines
List of Key Amendments in Reverse Chronological Order

     
 

Approval Date

Subject

Chapter

Relevant Sections

Particulars of Amendments

Mar 2017 Conservation 10 Section 3,
Section 4,
Figure 1, 2,
Figure 3, 4
and
Appendix 2
  • Updating of the general information and data on the factual information related to the Country Parks and Special Areas, Geopark, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Declared Monuments.

June 2016 Residential Densities 2 Whole Chapter
  • Mainly to increase the maximum domestic plot ratio for Residential Density Zones of the Main Urban Areas and New Towns, where planning terms permit.

May 2016 Internal Transport Facilities 8 Section 1 of Table 11
  • Inserting a footnote on parking requirements for subsidised saleable housing developments

Nov 2015 Urban Design Guidelines 11 Para.6.2.6, Para.6.2.9 and Para.6.2.11 and
Figure 3
  • Incorporating Central Pier No.7 as a vantage point

Nov 2015 Introduction 1 Para.6.1 and Appendix 1
  • Updating the title of the Secretary
    of the Planning Standards
    Sub-Committee

Oct 2015 Recreation, Open Space and Greening 4 Whole Chapter
  • General updating of the chapter and incorporation
    of guidelines and refined arrangements to guide
    the provision of public
    open space in private developments, green coverage requirements
    for public housing developments, site coverage of greenery for building developments and a number of technical circulars and guidelines on greening and related matters

Mar 2015 Utility Services 7 Whole Chapter
(excluding Section 4)
  • Revising the introduction of utility services and updating the planning standards and guidelines for electricity supply, gas supply, radio telecommunication and broadcasting services, water supply, drainage services and dedicated utility reserves

Dec 2014 Community Facilities 3 Para.11.1.1,
Para.11.2.2 and Table 4 (part)
  • Updating the planning standards and guidelines for post offices

Mar 2014 Environment 9 Figure 3.1, Para.3.3.10,
Appendices 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and A
  • Revised air quality objectives and updating environmental protection legislation list

Feb 2014 Internal Transport Facilities 8 Para.3(f), Section 1(Part) and its Notes (Part) of
Table 11
  • Revised parking standards for private housing based on findings of the Transport Department's "Review of Parking Standards for Private Housing Developments in the Hong Kong Planning Standards and Guidelines"
Aug 2011 Internal Transport Facilities 8

Sub-section 4.6 , Appendix 2(Part) and Item 3(h) of
Table 11

  • To provide planning standards for cross-boundary coach termini/stops and to update parking standards for persons with disabilities
May 2011 Internal Transport Facilities 8

Paras.7.2.7 to 7.2.11

  • To provide guidelines for electric vehicle charging facilities


Mar 2011  Community Facilities 3

Para.2.2.1,
Sub-sections 4.1
, 6.1 to 6.2,
Paras. 10.2.18, 10.2.30 to 10.2.44, 13.2.1, Tables 1, 2(Part), 3(Part)
and 4 (Part)

  • Updating the planning standards and guidelines for kindergartens, police stations, correctional facilities, day care centres for the elderly, rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities and funeral parlours


Mar 2011 Introduction 1 Appendix 1
  • Updating the titles of the Secretary of the Planning Standards
    Sub-Committee

July 2010 Conservation 10 Whole Chapter
  • General updating of the chapter

May 2009 Internal Transport Facilities 8 Para. 3(f) and Section 1(Part) of Table 11 
  • Revised parking standards for subsidised housing based on finding of the Study on Parking for Public Housing Developments

Apr 2009 Retail Facilities 6 Whole Chapter
  • Updating the planning guidelines for retail facilities

Dec 2008 Social Welfare Facilities 3 Sub-sections 10.2 to 10.3, Tables 3 and
4 (Part)
  • Revised planning standards of social welfare facilities for children and youth and the elderly

Dec 2008 Environment 9

Figure 2.2, Appendix 3.2, Para. 4.1.2,
Table 4.1 and Appendix 4.1

  • Updating the terms of nurseries and homes for the aged
Oct 2008 Rock Cavern Development 12 Section 2
  • Revised planning guidelines for rock cavern development

Jul 2008  Community Facilities 3

Paras. 2.2.1, 2.2.8, Tables 1 and 4 (Part)

  • Revised planning standards and guidelines of primary schools and kindergartens

Dec 2007 Miscellaneous 12 Para.2.3.1
  • Updating the title of Government Departments and Bureaux

Dec 2007 Internal Transport Facilities 8 Paras. 3.6.2 and 7.1.4
  • Updating the title of Government Departments and Bureaux

Dec 2007 Community Facilities 3 Para.12.1.1
  • Updating the title of Government Departments and Bureaux

Dec 2007 Introduction 1 Section 2 of
Appendix 1
  • Updating the title of Government Departments and Bureaux

Dec 2007 Conservation 10 Para. 4.2 and Item 1.5 of Appendix 1
  • Updating the title of Government Departments and Bureaux

Dec 2007 Recreation, Open Space and Greening 4 Paras. 1.21.1 and  2.9.1
  • Updating the title of Government Departments and Bureaux

Oct 2007 Environment 9 Whole Chapter
  • General updating of the chapter

Sep 2007 Recreation, Open Space and Greening 4 Paras. 1.15.2, 1.21.3,
Tables 6 (part)
and 8(part)  
  • Fine-tuning the planning guidelines for swimming pool facility 

Jul 2007 Community Facilities 3 Sections 2, 10 and Table 4 (part)
  • Secondary school design and updating the title of Government Departments and Bureaux

Feb 2007 Industry 5 Para. 15.12, Table 5,
Figures 7.1, 7.5 and 7.6
  • Consequential amendments on footpath width requirements for industrial areas due to amendment in Chapter 8, Section 5

Feb 2007 Internal Transport Facilities 8 Section 5
  • General revision of the section to “Planning for Pedestrians"
  • Amendments to footpath width standards and introduction of three-zone concept for footpath comprising “Through Zone" “Street Furniture and Greening Zone" and “Building Frontage Zone"

Feb 2007 Introduction 1 Whole Chapter
  • General updating of the chapter

Dec 2006 Recreation, 0pen Space and Greening 4 Whole Chapter
  • General updating of the chapter, including revisions / incorporation of planning standards and guidelines for sports centres, squash courts and recreation facilities for the elderly

Dec 2006 Pre-primary
Services and Public Mortuaries
3 Paras. 2.2.1,
10.2.3 to 10.2.8, 10.3.2, Section 12, Tables 1, 3
and 4 (part)
  • To revise the existing planning standards and guidelines related to pre-primary services and public mortuaries

Dec 2006 Internal Transport Facilities 8 Para 6.5.2 and Table 11
  • Minor technical amendments to the parking standards for cars and bicycles in residential developments

Jul 2006 Guidelines on Air Ventilation 11 Whole Chapter
  • Revised planning standards and guidelines on urban design to incorporate guidelines on air ventilation

Dec 2005 Conservation 10 Whole Chapter
  • General updating of the chapter

Dec 2005 Social Welfare Facilities 3 Paras. 10.2.24 to 10.2.28, Tables 3 and 4 (part)
  • To replace the existing planning standards for Family Services Centres with a new set of standards for Integrated Family Service Centres

Jan 2005 Internal Transport Facilities 8 Table 11
  • Revised parking standards for conference and banquet facilities in hotels

Nov 2003 Urban Design Guidelines 11 Whole Chapter
  • New chapter on urban design guidelines 

Sep 2003 Residential Densities 2 Para 3.2.4 and Table 1 (part)
  • Deletion of the two-tier plot ratio control imposed on the Kowloon Outline Zoning Plans

Jul 2003 Industry 5 Whole Chapter
  • Revised planning standards and guidelines on industry to incorporate business use

Mar 2003 Internal Transport Facilities 8 Sections 6, 7 and Table 11
  • Revised standards and guidelines for cycling and parking facilities

Sep 2002 Use of land beneath Flyovers and Footbridges 12 Section 7
  • Proposed planning guidelines on the use of land beneath flyovers and footbridges

Sep 2002 Education Facilities 3 Section 2 and
Table 4 (part)
  • Revised planning standards and guidelines to reflect the new education policy initiatives

Jun 2002 Recreation, open space and Greening 4 Whole Chapter
  • Consolidated guidelines on greening added to serve as general reference to promote greening and improve the quality of the built environment.

Mar 2002 Electricity Supply,
Telephone Services,
Radio and Broadcast Communications
7

 

Sections 2,
4 and 5
  • Minor technical amendments to guidelines on electricity distribution network, provision of telephone services and radio telecommunications system

May 2001 Petrol Filling Stations 12 Section 3
  • Additional guidelines for petrol filling stations within buildings
  • New guidelines for liquefied petroleum gas filling stations

Jan 2001 Introduction 1 Whole Chapter
  • Revisions from Government organizational changes
  • Updated membership of the Planning Standards Sub-Committee

Oct 2000 Internal Transport Facilities 8 Whole Chapter
  • Base on the key findings and recommendations of the Third Comprehensive Transport Study
  • Revised guidelines for pedestrian, cycling and parking facilities

Oct 2000 Traffic and Transport Requirements 5 Section 15
  • Minor revisions on traffic and transport requirements of industry

Sep 2000 Arts Venues 3 Section 9
  • Base on the key findings and recommendations of the Cultural Facilities: A Study on their Requirements and the Formulation of New Planning Standards and Guidelines

Jul 2000 Sensitive Community Facilities 3 Section 1
  • Additional guidelines for sensitive community facilities

Jun 2000 Community Facilities 3 Section 5 and
Table 4 (part)
  • Provision ratio for magistracies

Jun 2000 Residential Densities 2 Whole Chapter
  • Revised density guidelines for public housing development

Aug 1999 Provision of Overhead Transmission Lines 7 Section 2
  • Technical requirements of overhead transmission lines

Aug 1999 Refuse Collection Point in Rural Areas & Remote Villages 9 Para. 6.2.10
  • Site requirements of standard village type refuse collection points

May 1999 Social Welfare Facilities and Study Rooms 3 Sub-sections 10.2, 10.3,
Tables 3 and
4 (part)
  • Floor area requirements for Day Nursery, Day Care Centre for the Elderly, Care and Attention Home, Family Services Centre, Multi-services Centres for the Elderly and Study Room

Dec 1998 Introduction 1 Whole Chapter
  • Minor revisions on the latest names of Government organizations
  • Updated terms of reference and membership of the Planning Standards Sub-Committee

Jun 1998 Education Facilities 3 Section 2, Table 4 (part), Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Standards and principles for reservation of primary schools including three different sizes of standard design primary schools and reservation in comprehensive housing projects.

Feb 1998 Recreation and Open Space 4 Whole Chapter
  • Based on the key findings and recommendations of the study of Leisure Habits and Recreation Preferences and Review of Chapter 4 of the HKPSG

Jan 1998 Retail Facilities 6 Whole Chapter (excluding Section 6)
  • Based on the key findings and recommendations of the study on Shopping Habits and Revision of Chapter 6 of the HKPSG

Nov 1997 Parking Standards for Industrial-Office (I/O) Developments 8 Section 4 Item (2) of Table11
  • Based on the findings of the study on the Provision of Industrial Premises and the Development of Planning Guidelines and Design Parameters for New Industrial Areas and Business Parks (PIPNIB Study)
  • Parking and loading/unloading requirements in I/O buildings for a number of uses including import/export firms.

Oct 1997 Community Halls 3 Sub-section 10.1
and Table 4 (part)
  • Population-based standard deleted
  • New provisions depend on local needs on advice by Home Affairs Department

Jul 1997 Industrial Land and Premises 5 Whole Chapter
  • Based on the key findings and recommendations of the PIPNIB Study

Oct 1996 Parking Standards 8 Table 11
  • Comprehensive review of the standards and guidelines on the provision of parking and loading/ unloading spaces according to the Parking Demand Study

Feb 1996 Residential Densities 2 Whole Chapter
  • Based on the findings of the study review of the Density Guidelines for Private Residential Areas
  • Density guidelines for private housing and PSPS developments incorporated.

Jan 1996 Medical and Health Facilities 3 Section 3
  • Technical amendments to cater for the formation of the Hospital Authority

Jan 1996 Vehicle Repair Workshops 12 Section 5
  • A new section based on the study on Planning for Vehicle Repair Workshops

Jan 1996 Port Back-up and Open Storage Uses 12 Section 6
  • A new section based on the Study on Port Back-up Land and Open Storage Requirements

Feb 1995 Underground Rock Cavern Development 12 Paras. 2.3.2, 2.3.3 and
Figure 1
  • Cavern option considered fully and impartially at the earliest stage in the land development process

Sep 1994 Conservation 10 Whole Chapter
  • Separate issues of conservation from issues of development
  • Inclusion of conservation use zones in land use plans

Jul 1994 Education Facilities 3 Section 2
  • Revised planning standards guidelines to reflect the recommendations of the Education Commissions and the new-education policy of  whole day primary schools

Dec 1993 Utility Services 7 Whole Chapter
  • Requirements of electricity supply, gas supply and telephone service
  • New sections on drainage services and dedicated utility reserves

Nov 1993 Potentially Hazardous Installations 12 Section 4
  • Risk guidelines for Potentially Hazardous Installations (PHI)

Sep 1993 Social Welfare Facilities 3 Sub-section 10.2, Tables 4 and 5
  • Revised planning standards and guidelines on social centres and day care centres for the elderly 

  • New planning standards and guidelines on day nursery, care and attention home, home for the aged, and family services centre

Jan 1992 Guidelines for Noise Emitter-Aircraft 9 Para. 4.2.2
  • Minor amendment to the guidelines for aircraft noise emitters

Oct & Nov 1991 Provision of Internal Transport Facilities 8 Whole Chapter (excluding Section 3)
  • Changes in the road design standards

  • Integration of land use and transport planning

  • Revised parking standards for private housing.

Oct 1991 Petrol Filling Stations 12 Section 3
  • Incorporate planning, fire safety, environmental and amenity considerations
  • Detached from Chapter 8 and incorporated into the new Chapter 11

Sep 1991 Underground
Rock Cavern Development
12 Section 2
  • A new section in response to the Study on the Potential Use of Underground Space (SPUN)
  • List of possible uses for underground rock cavern development
  • Process of cavern development

May 1991 Provision of Refuse Collection Facilities in Developments 9 Paras. 6.2.19 to 6.2.20 and
Table 6.1
  • New guidelines for refuse collection facilities in private residential, commercial and composite building developments

Aug 1990 Environment 9 Whole Chapter
  • New policy in the White Paper on Pollution
  • Stronger link between land use planning and environmental planning


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