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Obtain an Environmental License in Hong Kong

Updated on Wednesday 03rd January 2018

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Obtain-an-Environmental-License-in-Hong-Kong.jpgInvestors who operate certain types of businesses in Hong Kong need to comply with the ongoing regulations for business and environmental protection.
 
For this purpose, prior to commencing any types of business activities, investors in selected business fields must obtain an environmental license in Hong Kong.
 
Not all types of companies need to obtain this specific type of license, however, they may need to apply for others. One of our agents who specialize in company registration in Hong Kong can give you complete information.
 

What types of businesses require an environmental license in Hong Kong?

 
The Government of Hong Kong imposes a set of rules and regulations for business and environmental protection and there are several Ordinances that provide special indications as per the operation of businesses that are considered to impact the environment.
 
Some of the relevant Environment Laws in Hong Kong include the Air Pollution Ordinance, the Water Pollution Ordinance, the Waste Disposal Ordinance, the Noise Control Ordinance, the Hazardous Chemicals Control Ordinance, the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance and others.
 
Companies in Hong Kong that are involved in the following types of activities will need to apply for an environmental license:
- open burning;
- activities that involve the use of asbestos;
- construction work;
- the installation of furnaces, chimneys, and ovens;
- the production, collection, and disposal of chemical waste and clinical waste;
- water/marine dumping;
- the usage of substances for treating oil at sea;
- certain polluting processes;
- the import and export of non-pesticide hazardous chemicals.
 
This is not an exhaustive list of processes and types of activities that need special environmental approval in Hong Kong. Investors who want to open a Hong Kong company are advised to seek special counseling before starting these types of activities.
 

How to apply for an environmental license in Hong Kong?

 
The applications for environmental licenses are submitted to the Environmental Protection Department, belonging to the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
 
The forms may be downloaded and dully filled in and an online application is possible in some cases. The special ordinances also detail the fees and charges when applying for a license.
 
You can contact our Hong Kong company formation agents for more information on obtaining special permits and licenses.
 

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