The Buildings Department approved 12 building plans in May – five on Hong Kong Island, two in Kowloon and five in the New Territories. Four were for apartment and apartment-commercial developments, four were for commercial developments, and four were for community-services developments. Consent was given for work to start on 18 building projects that, when completed, will provide 53,099 square metres of gross floor area for domestic use, involving 295 units, and 153,471 sq m of gross floor area for non-domestic use.
The department also received notification of the start of work on eight building projects. It issued 12 occupation permits – three on Hong Kong Island, two in Kowloon and seven in the New Territories. The buildings certified for occupation have 14,179 sq m of gross floor area for domestic use, involving 334 units, and 42,963 sq m for non-domestic use. The declared cost of new buildings completed in May totalled $1.2 billion. The department issued demolition consents for 12 building structures during the month, and it received 3,267 reports about unauthorised building works, and issued 1,454 removal orders.