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Important Note

The “StayHomeSafe” telephone hotline (1833 019) of the Home Affairs Department renders support and assistance to persons under the “StayHomeSafe” Scheme. Its service hours are from 7am to 11pm daily.

We remind you to stay vigilant to fraudulent phone calls and correspondence claiming to be from our office. We will not normally make calls to members of the public through the hotline. We will not make phone calls or write to members of the public to ask them to provide personal information or make any payment. As our hotline is operated by a central telephone system, the hotline number 2835 2500 will not be displayed. If you have any doubt, please contact our staff for verification or please call the Hong Kong Police Anti-Deception Coordination Centre 24-hour Anti-Scam Helpline 18222 for enquiry. For details, please browse the following press releases –

Press release dated 8 October 2019

Press release dated 26 July 2019

Press release dated 28 April 2017

Press release dated 5 April 2017

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Performance Pledges

Community Building

  • attend to an enquirer within three minutes at a Home Affairs Enquiry Centre;
  • attend to a telephone enquiry made at the Telephone Enquiry Centre (Telephone: 2835 2500) within one minute [discounting typhoon periods] ;
  • inform an applicant making bookings of individual sessions of facilities at community centre/hall of the outcome of his application within ten working days of receipt or drawing lots, where appropriate;
  • inform an applicant making block bookings of facilities at community centre/hall for a continuous period of up to three months of the outcome of his application within 21 working days of receipt or drawing lots, where appropriate;
  • approve request from a Mutual Aid Committee for exemption from registration under the Societies Ordinance within 21 working days of receipt of an application;
  • activate the headquarters and districts Emergency Co-ordination Centres and open up temporary shelters within 15 minutes during office hours and within 90 minutes outside office hours; and
  • reimburse an applicant for organising community involvement programmes, endorsed by District Council, within 30 working days of receipt of an application and all necessary documents and information.

Licensing

  • conduct inspection within eight working days of receipt of a complaint in respect of unlicensed guesthouses, clubhouses, bedspace apartments and karaoke establishments;
  • notify an applicant of the result of initial checking of documents within four working days of receipt of an application for new licence/certificate of compliance/permit and their renewal;
  • conduct site inspection to the proposed establishment premises and issue letter of upgrading requirements within 22 working days upon notifying an applicant of the result of initial checking of documents;
  • for application of new hotel/guesthouse licence and new clubhouse certificate of compliance, notify an applicant of the application result within 35 working days upon receipt of the report of completion of the required upgrading works; and
  • for performance pledge on issue of entertainment licences (including Amusement Game Centre Licences, Amusements with Prizes Licences, Public Dance Hall Licences, Lotteries Licences, Mahjong / Tin Kau Licences, Tombola Licences and Trade Promotion Competition Licences), please click here.

Estate Beneficiaries Support Services

  • issue a Confirmation Notice, certifying that the handling of a small estate wholly made up of money not exceeding $50,000 will be exempted from the relevant intermeddling provisions, within 12 working days of receipt of an application and all necessary documents and information;
  • issue a Certificate for Necessity of Inspection of Bank Deposit Box within ten working days of receipt of an application and all necessary documents and information;
  • issue an Authorization for Removal from Bank Deposit Box within ten working days of receipt of an application and all necessary documents and information;
  • issue a Certificate for Necessity of Release of Money to meet funeral expenses of a deceased person within one hour of receipt of an application and all necessary documents and information; and
  • issue a Certificate for Necessity of Release of Money for maintenance of former dependants of a deceased person within five working days of receipt of an application and all necessary documents and information.

Rates Exemption

  • The Home Affairs Department (HAD) will acknowledge receipt of an application for rates exemption within ten calendar days on receiving the application.
  • The Rating and Valuation Department (RVD) will respond to a request for recommendation from HAD on an application within three months after receiving the request if no investigative work is required for the houses concerned.
  • The Lands Department (LandsD) will respond to a request from HAD for advice within three months after receiving the request if no investigative work is required for the houses concerned.
  • HAD will complete processing a rates exemption application within four months upon receipt of recommendation and advice from RVD and, where appropriate, LandsD, if the applicant has submitted all information required.

Complaints Handling

  • acknowledge receipt within ten calendar days of receipt of a complaint; and
  • issue a substantive reply within 30 calendar days of receipt of a complaint.