Recruitment Notices - Survey Officer (Planning)

Recruitment Advertisement for Civil Service Vacancy



Survey Officer (Planning)


Salary : Master Pay Scale Point 9 (HK$24,380) to Master Pay Scale Point 22 (HK$47,795) per month


Entry Requirements : Candidates should have –

(a) obtained a Higher Diploma in Geomatics or a Diploma/Higher Certificate in Land Surveying from a Hong Kong polytechnic university/polytechnic, the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education or a technical institute/technical college, or equivalent; (See Note 1)
(b) met the language proficiency requirements of Level 2 or above in Chinese Language and English Language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) or the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE), or equivalent; (See Note 2) and
(c) a pass result in the Basic Law and National Security Law Test (BLNST). (See Note 3)


Duties : Mainly deployed on –

(a) carrying out surveys and field work for planning purposes and preparing reports on field surveys and site inspections;
(b) compiling, processing and presenting planning data statistics;
(c) applying geographic information system and IT technologies to support various planning tasks;
(d) disseminating planning information to the public;
(e) checking development proposals and plans including building and master layout plans; and
(f) carrying out enforcement and prosecution actions against unauthorised developments.

(May be required to work in remote areas and work outside normal working hours and/or in irregular hours.)


Terms of Appointment : A new recruit will normally be appointed on civil service probationary terms for three years.  Upon passage of probation bar, he/she may be considered for appointment on the prevailing permanent terms.


Notes: (1) Candidates without the requisite academic qualification stated in entry requirement (a) above, but who are undergoing studies with a view to obtaining the requisite qualification in the 2023/24 academic year may also apply; if selected, appointment will be subject to their obtaining the requisite academic qualification not later than 31 December 2024.  (2) For civil service appointment purpose, ‘Grade E’ in Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) in the HKCEE before 2007 is accepted administratively as comparable to ‘Level 2’ in Chinese Language and English Language in the 2007 HKCEE and henceforth.  (3) All applicants for civil service jobs will be assessed on their knowledge of the Basic Law and the National Security Law.  A pass result in the BLNST is an entry requirement for all civil service jobs.  Only those candidates who have passed the BLNST will be considered for appointment.  For candidates who have not taken the relevant BLNST or have not attained a pass result in the relevant BLNST at the time of application, they may still apply for the job and arrangements will be made for them to take the relevant BLNST during the recruitment process.


How to Apply : Application Forms (G.F. 340 [Rev. 7/2023]) are obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department.  The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau's website (


The new version of application form for Government jobs G.F. 340 (Rev. 7/2023) has been in use with effect from 26 July 2023.  Candidates who apply for Government jobs advertised on or after 26 July 2023 should use the new G.F. 340 (Rev. 7/2023).  If candidates submit the old version form [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)], they will be required to fill in the new G.F. 340 (Rev. 7/2023) afresh and submit it within seven days upon request.  If candidates fail to submit the new G.F. 340 (Rev. 7/2023) within the stipulated deadline, their applications will not be processed further.


Completed application forms together with copies of relevant certificates and transcripts in support of academic qualifications submitted in person or by post should reach the contact address on or before the closing date for application.  Please specify the title of the post being applied for on the envelope.  To avoid delayed or unsuccessful delivery of applications by post, please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting.  Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to this Department and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post, where appropriate.  Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage.  Applicants may also apply on-line through the Civil Service Bureau’s website (


For applicants who apply on-line, they should submit copies of their certificates and transcripts in support of academic qualifications in person or by post to the contact address below on or before 7 June 2024.  The on-line application number should be quoted on the envelope and copies of the supporting documents.


Applications which are late, incomplete, not accompanied by copies of the supporting documents or submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.  All applicants are encouraged to provide their personal Internet e-mail addresses on their application forms.  Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation by post in about six to eight weeks from the closing date for application.  Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.


Contact Address and Enquiry Tel. No. : Appointments Section, Planning Department, Room 1817, 18/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong (Enquiries: 2231 5011).


Closing Date for Application : 31 May 2024


Newspapers Advertised : Ming Pao (17 May 2024 and 24 May 2024) and South China Morning Post (18 May 2024 and 25 May 2024)


General Notes : 

(a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.
(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment.  The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(c) Civil service vacancies are posts on the civil service establishment.  Candidates selected for these vacancies will be appointed on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service and will become civil servants on appointment.
(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) The information on the maximum pay point is for reference only and may be subject to changes.
(f) Fringe benefits include paid leave, medical and dental benefits, and where appropriate, assistance in housing.
(g) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing.  In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend recruitment examination and/or interview.
(h) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible.  If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview/written examination without being subject to further shortlisting.  Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former.  The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau's website at under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.
(i) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications.  They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the above contact address.
(j) Civil service vacancies information contained in this column is also available on the GovHK on the Internet at
(k) Towards the application deadline, our on-line system would likely be overloaded due to large volume of applications.  To ensure timely completion of your on-line application, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible.
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