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Squatter Control


Relevant Releases

  • Strengthened Squatter Control Measures

    As for surveyed squatter structures with unauthorised extensions, Lands D has been exercising discretion to allow the occupants to rectify irregularities. Having considered that the squatter control policy explicitly requires enforcement actions to be taken against unauthorised squatter structures and does not encourage unauthorised extension, LandsD issued a press release on 22.6.2016 to announce the strengthened squatter control measures with immediate effect. Specifically, if there is evidence showing that a new extension has been completed after that day, actions will be taken such as cancelling the squatter survey number instantly and demolishing the whole unauthorised structure on government land immediately upon detection without giving any opportunity to rectify, or taking lease enforcement actions against cases involving newly extended structures on private land as appropriate.

    1. Lands Department announces the findings of its investigation and follow- up actions in Tung Ah Pui Village
      (Date of Issue : 22 June 2016)
    2. Strengthened squatter control measures by Lands Department
      (Date of Issue : 19 December 2016)
    3. Lands Department's response to media enquiries
      (Date of Issue : 14 June 2018)

  • Notification Scheme for Repair/Rebuilding of Surveyed Squatter Structures (SSSs)

    With effect from 28 June, 2021, LandsD has streamlined the arrangement for repairing or rebuilding SSSs. Specifically, occupier of SSS can commence the following works after submitting the Notification Form (the Form) together with the required supporting documents in person or by mail to the relevant Squatter Control Office or Squatter Control Team of District Lands Office in accordance with the requirements stated in the Guidance Notes at Annex II of the Form:

    1. Repairing of both domestic and non-domestic SSS in urban and New Territories areas, or
    2. Rebuilding of domestic SSS with temporary building materials in New Territories area.

    When repairing or rebuilding their SSSs under the streamlined arrangement, it will no longer be necessary for the occupiers to use the exact same building material as in the Squatter Control Survey Records (SCSR), provided that the building material to be used is within the same category of materials (i.e. “temporary” or “permanent”). In other words, if the building material of an SSS is a temporary material as recorded in SCSR, the occupier may choose to use the same category of temporary materials listed at Annex III of the Form to repair the SSS or to rebuild it if it is an SSS in New Territories area recorded for domestic use in SCSR. If the building material of an SSS is a permanent material as recorded in SCSR, the occupier may choose to use the same category of permanent materials listed at Annex III of the Form to repair the SSS. For details, please see the Guidance Notes in Annex II of the Form.

  • Form Title Download
    Notification for Repair/Rebuilding of Surveyed Squatter Structure(s)
    Form Title Notification for Repair/Rebuilding of Surveyed Squatter Structure(s)
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