Licences/Permits

Business Licences Detail
Restaurant Licence A restaurant licence must be obtained from the DFEH for the food business which involves the sale of meals or unbottled non-alcoholic drinks other than Chinese herb tea, for consumption on the premises.
A Guide to Application for Restaurant Licence (Guide)
Liquor Licence and Club Liquor Licence A liquor licence must be obtained from the Liquor Licensing Board (LLB) for the business which involves sale of liquor for consumption on the premises which are issued with a restaurant licence by DFEH before commencement of such business.
A Guide to Application for Liquor Licences and Club Liquor Licences” (Guide)
Bakery Licence A bakery licence must be obtained from DFEH for the food business which involves the baking of bread and other bakery products for sale at any premises in the territory before commencement of such business.
A Guide to Application for Bakery Licence (Guide)
Food Factory Licence A food factory licence must be obtained from DFEH for the food business which involves the preparation of food for sale for human consumption off the premises.
A Guide to Application for Food Factory Licence” (Guide)
Fresh Provision Shop Licence A fresh provision shop licence must be obtained from DFEH for the food business which involves the sale of fresh, chilled or frozen beef, mutton, pork, reptiles (including live reptiles), fish (including live fish) or poultry (including live poultry).
A Guide to Application for Fresh Provision Shop Licence
Frozen Confection Factory Licence A frozen confection factory licence must be obtained from DFEH for the food business which involves, within the meaning of the Frozen Confections Regulation (Cap. 132AC), the manufacture of any frozen confection in the territory before commencement of such business.
A Guide to Application for Frozen Confection Factory Licence
Siu Mei and Lo Mei Shop Licence A siu mei and lo mei shop licence must be obtained from DFEH for the food business which involves the sale by retail of siu mei or lo mei.
A Guide to Application for Siu Mei and Lo Mei Shop Licence
Karaoke Establishment Permit A karaoke establishment permit must be obtained from DFEH for the trade or business which involves any place opened, kept or used for the purpose of karaoke in a restaurant that has been granted with a restaurant licence by DFEH under the Food Business Regulation.
A Guide to Application for Karaoke Establishment Permits in Restaurants

Business Licence Information Service

Source: Government Website

 

Food Licence/Permit

Under the law, restaurant operators are required to obtain a restaurant licence (full licence) issued by the Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene before commencement of business. They may apply for a provisional licence at the time of or after submitting an application for a full licence. Any person with obtaining the licence and in a violation of the relevant ordinance may be liable to prosecution.

A General Restaurant Licence permits the licensee to prepare and sell any kind of food for consumption on the premises while a Light Refreshment Restaurant Licence restricts the licensee to prepare and sell for consumption on the premises any one group of the food items listed in “List of Approved Food Items for Light Refreshment Restaurants”.

A Guide to Application for Restaurant Licence (Guide)
 

Hotel & Guesthouse Licence

Any new establishments must apply for a Licence from the Authority before commencing operation. Validity periods of licences range from 12 to 84 months. Licences are subject to renewal upon their expiration. Holder of a licence should apply for a renewal not less than 3 months prior to the expiry of the licence. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that his premises do comply with the lease conditions, Deed of Mutual Covenant and other regulations or laws of Hong Kong.

Bedspace Apartment
According to the Bedspace Apartments Ordinance (Cap 447) -”Bedspace” means any floor space, bed, bunk or sleeping facility used or intended to be used as sleeping accommodation for an individual, and

“Bedspace apartment” means any flat; or where the partitioning wall or walls between two or more adjoining flats which has or have been demolished, in which there are 12 or more bedspaces occupied or intended to be occupied under rental agreements, and for the purpose of determining whether any flat constitutes a bedspace apartment, the existence of partitions in the flats shall be disregarded.

Application for a Licence

Any proposed establishments will have to apply for a licence from the Office of the Licensing Authority before commencing operation. Licences are subject to an annual renewal. Holders of a licence should apply for a renewal not less than 3 months prior to the expiry of the licence.
It is also the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that his premises do comply with the lease conditions, Deed of Mutual Covenant and other regulations or laws of Hong Kong.

 

Liquor Licence

In general, there are 2 classifications of Liquor Licences, one is issued by Liquor Licencing Board and the another one is provisional liquor issued by Hong Kong Police Force.

Each application is considered and determined upon its own individual merits.

Who can Grant a Temporary Liquor Licence?Temporary Liquor Licence may be granted by the Commissioner of Police for the retail sale of liquor at any public entertainment or on any public occasion. For a wine tasting event if the event is held:

(a) at any premises for consumption on those premises; or

(b) at a place of public entertainment or a public occasion for consumption at the place or occasion, where a fee or admission fee is charged, and/ or there is sale of liquor for consumption thereat.

A Guide to Application for Liquor Licences and Club Liquor Licences” (Guide)
 

Money Lenders Licence 

Money lenders service means in general making loans to others that is distinct from banks and financial institutions. The services of money lenders include provision of both secured and unsecured loans such as (i) mortgage loans, (ii) consumer and corporate loans, (iii) vehicle, plant equipment leasing, (iv) credit cards, (v) Small and Medium Enterprises loan, (vi) cheque and invoice discounting, (vii) loan syndication.

Documents required:

  •  Application and statement forms for the applicants
  • Documentary proof supporting capability in managing the money lending business.
  • Documentary proof showing the financial situation
  • Tenancy agreement and floor plan of the premises that is intended to be used for money lending business
  • General permission from the landlord in written form
  • ‘Permit to occupy a new building’ issued by the Buildings Department
  • Land Register obtained from the Land Registry by conducting land research
  • Annual return (if the applicant is a company)

Criteria for approval of applications

1. whether the applicant is a fit and proper person to carry on the business (e.g. the relevant general knowledge, qualification and experience, etc.)

2. whether the premises to which the application relates are suitable for the carrying on of the business (e.g. usage of the premises and permission from the landlord and tenant etc.); and

3. whether the grant of such license is contrary to the public interest.

Detail of Money Lenders Licence

 

Money Service Operators License

Any person operating a money service should be licensed with the Commissioner of Customs and Excise pursuant to the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance (Chapter 615 of the Laws of Hong Kong) (the “AMLO”). Money service includes money changing service and remittance service. It is an offence to operate a money service in Hong Kong without a license. One shall only operate a money service after being granted a license by the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department. Normally, the Money Service Operators (“MSO”) License has a validity period of 2 years.

Money changing service means a service for exchanging of currencies that is operating in Hong Kong as a business, but not include those service that is incidental to the main business.

Documents required:

  • Application forms for the applicant, and the relevant supporting documents
  • Application forms for each corporate partner/ director / ultimate owner (where applicable) of the Applicant, and the relevant supporting documents
  • Regarding each premises used for the operation of money service, i) a copy of stamped tenancy agreement or record of ownership of the premises and ii) floor plan of the premises

Procedures

Upon receipt of application, the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department will issue an acknowledgment receipt of the application. After examination of the submitted documents and seeking clarifications from the applicant, an interview will be arranged with the applicant for verification of the original documents and payment records. The applicant will be required to sign on the formal application for the grant of an MSO license.

Upon approval of application, the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department will issue the MSO license to the applicant.

Detail of Money Service Operators License

Source: Government Website