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Common Area Repair Works Subsidy

Purpose

Subsidy and technical support are provided to encourage building / estate to be organised by owners’ organisations / all owners to carry out  comprehensive maintenance works in building common areas.

 

Eligibility Criteria

1. Building aged 30 years or above. 

 

Building usage shall be private residential or composite (commercial and residential) building (including a building held by a Civil Servants’ Co-operative Building Society (“CBS”)). Building usage shall be referred to the Occupation Permit of the building.

 

2. The average annual rateable value limit of all the domestic units in the building (in the year of 2022-23) should not exceed HK$187,000 in urban areas(including Shatin, Kwai Tsing, Tsuen Wan), should not exceed HK$143,000 in the New Territories ;

 

3. Must concurrently join “Smart Tender”  Building Rehabilitation Facilitates Services which is subsided by Government.

 

4. The following buildings are not eligible for participating in the Scheme:

i.  Building in single ownership;

ii. Building of three storeys or below (number of storeys shall be referred to the Occupation Permit of the building).

 

5. Type (I) building and applicant shall comply with OBB2.0 application and subsidy requirements:

a. If the Applicant has already commenced tendering process and/or appointed a Consultant or Contractor, the Applicant shall provide with proof of that commencement / completion of tendering procedures which complies with the relevant provision of Building Management Ordinance, Chapter 344 (“BMO”) or Deed of Mutual Covenant (“DMC”) of the building. URA has the absolute rights to decide if the commenced /completed tendering procedures complies with the requirements of the Scheme.

 

6. Type (II) building and applicant shall comply with all of the following criteria:

a. Have not received any subsidy of the Scheme;

b. Have not commenced tendering procedures of Consultant or Contractor related to the Scheme.

 

Note :

(i) For building located within the URA’s announced redevelopment project area but in need of dealing with  the  statutory order or notice, the owners may refer to “Maintenance Cost Reimbursement Scheme” of the URA to apply for ex-gratia allowance for the eligible work items.

(ii) For building located within the URA’s redevelopment project area where owners shall carry out relevant repair works for sake of building safety, e.g. in compliance with the requirements of the Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme or related statutory notice, the URA will at discretion consider the application. 

 

Arrangement for processing of Applications

Building safety is always the main concern of URA. Eligible applications of Type (I) and Type (II) will be processed under the following arrangement:

(i)  Type (I) Priority is first given to Type (I) eligible applications.

(ii) Type (II) In view of the annual financial limit, the URA’s “Assessment Panel” will base on the following criteria of scoring system for assessing and prioritizing eligible Type (II) applications in each quarter:

 

a. Building age;

b. Whether Government Department(s) has issued any advisory letter / instruction / statutory order to building for improvement of building safety and hygiene in building common areas;

c. Whether an Owners’ Corporation (“OC”) has been formed;

d. Total number of units of the building; and

e. Conditions of building common areas.

 

Eligible applications but not yet approved by URA will be allotted to the next quarter for participating prioritization process. Applicants may submit  updated information with supporting documents, if any, about the status of the building to URA.

 

Owner's organisations and Applicant's Representatives

If an owners’ corporation(OC)has been formed, the OC should be the Applicant submitting the application to the URA.

 

For building without an OC(including those held by CBS), all owners collectively or CBS(if appropriate)should be the Applicant submitting the application to the URA. Please refer to the “Application Notes for building without Owners’ Corporation” in Annex I of the IBRAS Application Form for the application requirements and details.

 

Subsidy

The subsidy must be used in the works in common areas relating to building safety, hygiene and environment friendly works.  All works must comply with statutory requirements. Approved building will enjoy the following subsidy:

General repair works subsidy

The total amount subsidy for each of the Applicant(whichever is the lower):

Nos. of Unit Ceiling Amount of Subsidy 
20 or less 30% of the approved cost of general repair works and related consultancy fee, capped at HK$150,000
21-49 20% of the approved cost of general repair works and related consultancy fee, capped at HK$150,000
50 or above                20% of the approved cost of general repair works and related consultancy fee, or not more than HK$3,000 per unit, capped at HK$1,200,000

Green Item Subsidy

If the maintenance works include green/environmental friendly works, each of the Applicant will  enjoy the following subsidy(whichever is the lower):

Nos. of Unit Ceiling Amount of Subsidy 
20 or less    30% of the approved cost of green items and related consultancy fee, capped at HK$75,000
21-49 20% of the approved cost of green items and related consultancy fee, capped at HK$75,000
50 or above              20% of the approved cost of green items and related consultancy fee; or not more than HK$1,500 per unit, capped at HK$600,000

 

Other Relevant Subsidies 

- Owner-occupiers in the building may apply for “Building Maintenace Grant Scheme for Needy Owners” provided by the URA if they need financial support. Nonetheless, the total amount of subsidy received under the Scheme and “Building Maintenace Grant Scheme for Needy Owners” shall not exceed the actual costs paid for the works. Please refer to “AN-BMGSNO” for details.

 

-    If the Applicant has been approved for the subsidies under 1st Round, 2nd Round or 3rd Round (for Category 1 Buildings only) “Operation Building Bright 2.0” (“OBB2.0”), owners-occupiers of domestic units in the building who have benefited from OBB 2.0 will not be subsidised under the Scheme. The subsidy amount for a building under the Scheme will be accordingly reduced in proportion to the number of owner-occupiers being subsidised by OBB 2.0. Please refer to the relevant application notes for details.

 

- To ensure no double subsidies are granted to the Applicant for each work item, URA will withdraw or deduct the subsidies of the same repair item under the Scheme which has been successfully granted with subsidies / grant under other incentive schemes, e.g. “Fire Safety Improvement Works Subsidy Scheme”, “Lift Modernisation Subsidy Scheme”, “Buildings Energy Efficiency Funding Scheme”,      “CLP Eco Building Fund” and “Smart Power Building Fund” etc.

 

-   For application from Tenant Purchase Scheme estates, Hong Kong Housing Authority (“HA”) as landlord of unsold flats under Tenant Purchase Scheme estates, does not possess owner-occupier capacity and therefore could not receive any subsidies of the Scheme. URA shall exclude all those unsold flats under HA’s ownership when calculating subsidy amount.

 

-    Enquiry hotline of the Scheme: 3188 1188

Application Form

Application Form

Integrated Building Rehabilitation Assistance Scheme Application Form (Applicable to Owners' Corporation/Owners' Organisation/Representatives of all owners to apply)