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Who Should Apply for Environmental Permits/ Licences

LICENCE/PERMIT WHO SHOULD APPLY TYPICAL EXAMPLES
Licence to conduct specified processes Any owner of premises which is engaged in the conduct of any of the 31 specified processes Quarries, concrete batching plants, asphalt concrete plants, manufacturing plants that involve melting or recovery or metals, electricity plants that have an installed generation capacity exceeding 5 MW, etc.
Approval for installation or alteration of furnaces, ovens and chimneys Any occupier of the premises who wants to install or alter any furnace, oven or chimney with a total fuel consumption rate exceeding 25 litres of liquid fuel per hour, or 35 Kilograms of solid fuel per hour, or 1150 Megajoules of gaseous fuel per hour. Factories, cleaning services, educational or medical institutions, restaurants or housing estates in which boilers, cooking stoves, emergency generators or other fuel-using equipment is to be installed or altered, etc.
Open Burning Permit Any person who intends to apply for permit to conduct open burning, except for those prohibited or exempted. Establishment who needs to conduct open burning activities for fire fighting training, etc.
Asbestos investigation report, asbestos abatement plan and asbestos management plan The owner of premises who intends to carry out asbestos related works in their premises, except when the works are exempted. Owner of premises intending to carry out building works, or activities involving insulation materials in mechanical plant items, etc.
Notification of commencement of asbestos abatement work The owner of premises in which asbestos related work is to be carried out. Owner of premises intending to carry out building works, or activities involving insulation materials in mechanical plant items, etc.
Notification of Construction Work under the Air Pollution Control (Construction Dust) Regulation The contractor responsible for a construction site where any notifiable work under the Air Pollution Control (Construction Dust) Regulation is proposed to be carried out. Construction work which is classified as notifiable work such as site formation, reclamation, demolition & construction of building, road construction work, etc.
Construction Noise Permit (CNP) for general works/ prescribed construction works Any person who intends to carry out construction activities with powered mechanical equipment during restricted hours, or carry out construction work prescribed under the Noise Control Ordinance during restricted hours in designated areas. Developer, architect, engineer or contractor involved in a construction project, etc.
CNP for percussive piling Any person who intends to carry out piling work at the construction site in a percussive manner. Developer, architect, engineer or contractor involved in the building, civil and foundation works of a construction project which requires percussive piling work, etc.
Noise Emission Label (NEL) for air compressor Any person who manufactures/ trades/ imports/ uses or provides rental service on any air compressor which is designed or used for the purpose of carrying out any construction works and is capable of supplying compressed air at 500 kPa pressure or above. Construction equipment manufacturer, trader, importer, rental service vendor, contractor of construction work, etc.
NEL for hand-held percussive breaker Any person who manufactures/ trades/ imports/ uses or provides rental service on any handheld percussive breaker having a mass of 10kg or above. Construction equipment manufacturer, trader, importer, rental service vendor, contractor of construction work, etc.
Discharge Licence under WPCO Any owner or occupier or premises which discharges trade effluent from institutional and commercial permises, domestic sewage from institutional and commercial premises in unsewered areas, domestic sewage treatment plant and domestic premises in unsewered areas. Owner or occupier of commercial, industrial, institutional premises generating trade effluent, owner of a domestic sewage treatment plant, owner of premises with septic tank, etc.
Chemical Waste Producer Registration Any person who produces or causes to be produced chemical waste. Owner of chemical waste generating premises, for instance, factories, workshops, mining/building sites; education/medical institutions; transport agents; cleaning/repairing agents, etc.
Licence to Dispose of Chemical Waste Any person who, with the aid of off-site or in-house disposal facilities, or any waste treatment, reprocessing and recycling facilities, wishes to carry out disposal of chemical wastes. Owner of lubricating oil recycling plant, textile factories, etc., with waste treatment, preprocessing or recycling facility.
Licence to Collect Chemical Waste Any chemical waste producer who intends to transport his own chemical waste to an off-site chemical waste disposal facility; or any person who wishes to provide chemical waste collection or removal service. Collector of asbestos, MARPOL waste and laboratory wastes, etc.
Licence to Dispose of Clinical Waste Any person who operates disposal facilities to carry out disposal of clinical wastes. e.g. Operator of the Chemical Waste Treatment Centre.
Licence to Collect Clinical Waste Any person who provides services for the collection or removal of clinical waste. e.g. Collector of clinical waste produced from a medical clinic.
Approval for using Chemical Waste Container >450L Any chemical waste producer who intends to use large containers with a capacity exceeding 450 litres for storage of chemical waste. Owner of large scale chemical waste generating premises, for instance, factories, building sites, transport agents, etc.
Waste Import/ Export Permit Anyone who intends to import or export waste into or out of Hong Kong, unless the waste is listed in the Sixth Schedule of the Waste Disposal Ordinance, uncontaminated and intended for reprocessing, recycling or reuse purposes. The disposer, importer of the waste, the producer or the exporter of the waste, the freight agent who provides shipment of the waste, etc.
Approval for the use of Oil Dispersant and Similar Substances Prospective user/trader of oil dispersant or similar substances for treating oil at sea in Hong Kong. Reclamation work contractor, user/trader of such products and marine transport agents, etc.
Marine Dumping Permit Any person who intends to perform, inter alia, an operation described below:
a) dumping substance within the waters of Hong Kong -- (i) from an aircraft, vehicle, vessel or marine structure; (ii) from a floating structure; or (iii) from a structure on land constructed for the purpose of dumping;
b) dumping substance anywhere in the sea -- (i) from an Hong Kong aircraft, Hong Kong vehicle, Hong Kong vessel or Hong Kong marine structure; (ii) from a floating container if the dumping is controlled from a Hong Kong aircraft, Hong Kong vehicle, Hong Kong vessel;
c) loading an aircraft, vessel, marine structure or floating container in Hong Kong with substances or articles for dumping anywhere in the sea;
d) loading a vehicle in Hong Kong with substance for dumping from the vehicle anywhere in the waters of Hong Kong;
Note: Dumping means a deliberate disposal, including an emission or discharge, at sea of substances such as any wastes, dredged mud, excavated materials, sand, rock and etc.
Contractor of works involving dredging and dumping operations; contractors of works involving loading substances and transportation of the substances for dumping.
Permits to import, export, manufacture or use the non-pesticide hazardous chemicals controlled under the Hazardous Chemicals Control Ordinance (HCCO) Any person who acts in the capacity of an importer, exporter, manufacturer or user of the scheduled chemicals controlled under the HCCO. Local chemical manufacturers, local chemical traders, universities, research institutes and testing laboratories etc.
Approval for establishing a construction waste disposal account Main contractor who undertakes construction work contract with value of $1 million or above.  Main contractors. 
  Any person who intends to use government waste disposal facilities for disposal of construction waste generated from contracts each with value less than $1 million. Construction waste producers, property management companies.
Approval for using waste transfer service Any person who intends to disposal waste at refuse transfer stations. Private waste collectors.
Application for Registration as *Registered Retailer / Registered Retail Outlet Prescribed retailer. A person who carries on a retail business at-
(a) 5 or more qualified retail outlets in Hong Kong; or
(b) at least one qualified retail outlet in Hong Kong that has a retail floor area of not less than 200 square metres.
    A "qualified retail outlet" is one that offers all of the following categories of goods for sale-
(i) any food or drink;
(ii) any medicine or first-aid item; and
(iii) any personal hygiene or beauty product.
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User review date: 
Friday, 10 July, 2015