Hong Kong (HKSAR) – The Government today (April 15) announced in the Gazette the revision of fees under the Noise Control Ordinance.
The Noise Control (General) (Amendment) Regulation 2016, the Noise Control (Air Compressors) (Amendment) Regulation 2016 and the Noise Control (Hand Held Percussive Breakers) (Amendment) Regulation 2016 for implementing the revision of fees will be tabled at the Legislative Council next Wednesday (April 20). The new fees are scheduled to take effect on July 1.
Under the revised fees, application fees for a Construction Noise Permit for percussive piling and other construction work under the Noise Control (General) Regulations will be adjusted from $910 and $1,000 to $1,980 and $2,610 respectively. The application fee for a Noise Emission Label for an air compressor and a handheld percussive breaker under the Noise Control (Air Compressors) Regulations and the Noise Control (Hand Held Percussive Breakers) Regulations will be adjusted from $490 to $530.
“The fees were last revised in July 2008.
This revision of fees is made in accordance with the ‘user pays’ principle, which would allow the Government to achieve full cost recovery immediately,” a spokesman for the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) said.
“The EPD has been reducing costs of providing services by continuously improving efficiency and reducing expenditure. We will continue to take different measures to contain costs,” he said.