The Butterworths Hong Kong Building Law Handbook is published to reflect the changes made under the Buildings (Amendment) Ordinance 2011 and Buildings Legislation (Amendment) Ordinance 2012.
This handbook makes available in a convenient form the full text of the Buildings Ordinance (Cap 123) together with section-by-section annotations. The annotations include amendment notes, carefully researched case authorities, expert commentary and other authoritative material presented in a concise and succinct style. In addition, cross-references are made to subsidiary legislation and to tables and forms where necessary.
Changes since the last edition:
· Building Authority v Appeal Tribunal (Buildings)  21 HKCFAR 194,  HKCFA 20 on section 27A.
· HKSAR v Poon Lok To Otto  HKCFI 26 on appeal against conviction under sections 14(1) and 40(1AA).
· Magic Key Ltd & others v Appeal Tribunal (Buildings)  HKCFI 1716 on approach to conflict of opinion of experts at a hearing of the Buildings Appeal Tribunal.
· Tong Wun Ying Polly v Appeal Tribunal Buildings  HKCFI 2119 on whether having paid for the premises with a balcony, there is legitimate expectation that it be permitted to be retained.
· Charteryard Industrial Ltd v Appeal Tribunal (Buildings)  HKCA 1164 on circumstances for Buildings Appeal Tribunal to hold full hearing.
· The Incorporated Owners of Garden Vista v Appeal Tribunal (Buildings Ordinance) HKCFI 2179 on the duty of Buildings Appeal Tribunal to give reasons.
· Lam Ah Fu Peter v Building Authority  HKCA 756 on discretion of the Buildings Appeal Tribunal to award costs.
· The Incorporated Owners of Garden Vista v Appeal Tribunal (Buildings) Ordinance) HKCFI 2179 on finding of fact by the Buildings Appeal Tribunal.
· Monat Investment Ltd v Lau Chi Kan Kenneth  4 HKLRD 330, HKCFI 1970 on impact of breach of section 14 on adverse possession.
· The Incorporated Owners of Tak Fan Lau v The Building Authority  HKCFI 902 on power of Building Authority to withdraw a building order.
· Additional annotation of section 30B on Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme (MBIS) and the Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme (MWIS) introduced under the Building Ordinance Cap 123.
· Meaning of Scheduled Areas [Schedule 5].
· Meaning of Prescribed Building or Building Works [Schedule 8] to include further types of unauthorized building or building works to be regulated under the Minor Works Validation Scheme.
These changes are incorporated in this edition so that it will serve as the most up-to-date reference guide for practitioners, legal advisers, students, and anyone interested in the laws governing the planning, design and construction of buildings and associated works in Hong Kong.