Karaoke establishments, nightclubs, bars and other entertainment clubs

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  • DescriptionsDescriptions

    This Business Liaison Group (BLG) is a formal forum for owners and operators of karaoke establishments, nightclubs, bars and other entertainment clubs and representatives of related trade associations to exchange views with government representatives on licensing and regulatory matters.  Operators of these businesses may need to apply for karaoke establishment licence/permit, liquor licence, Certificate of Compliance (CoC), food business licence, etc.  BLG members are welcome to suggest agenda items on licensing and regulatory matters affecting the trade.

  • Government RepresentativesGovernment Representatives

    Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Home Affairs Department, Buildings Department, Fire Services Department, Hong Kong Police Force, and Efficiency Office.

  • Notes of MeetingNotes of Meeting / Trade's Views

    Trade’s views are collected through various channels, including BLG meetings, online forms, e-mails and phone calls.  The relevant meeting notes, summaries of trade’s views and the Government’s responses are tabulated below –

     

    Meeting /

    Trade's views

    Date / Period Document
      Jan – Jun 2022

    Summary of trade's issues and Government's responese Summary of trade's views and Government's

           responses        (Chinese version only)

      Jul – Dec 2021

    Summary of trade's issues and Government's responese Summary of trade's views and Government's

           responses        (Chinese version only)

    24 2 Nov 2018

    24th Meeting Notes (Chinese version only) Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1: Briefing by the Department of Health on The Dutiable Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 Annex 1

    Annex 2 (Chinese version only) Annex 2            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 3 (Chinese version only) Annex 3            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 4 (Chinese version only) Annex 4            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 5 (Chinese version only) Annex 5            (Chinese version only)

    23 15 Aug 2017

    23rd Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1: 處理在未有原持牌人同意下的酒牌轉讓申請 Annex 1            (Chinese version only)  

    Annex 2: Review of Fees and Improvement Measures on Liquor Licensing Annex 2

    Annex 3: Information Note on Review of Fees and Improvement Measures for Liqour Licensing Services Annex 3

    22 7 Dec 2016

    22nd Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 -  控制酒牌處所噪音的良好實務指引 Annex 1            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2 - Reserve Licensee Scheme Annex 2            (Chinese version only)

    21 5 May 2016

    21st Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 -  2015年建築物(衞生設備標準、水管裝置、 排水工程及廁所)(修訂)規例 Annex 1            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2 - 食肆內的卡拉OK場所許可證 Annex 2            (Chinese version only)

    20 2 Oct 2015

    20th Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 -  飲品玻璃容器生産者責任計劃 Annex 1            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2 - 申請食肆設置露天座位的方便營商措施 Annex 2            (Chinese version only)

    19 29 Apr 2015

    19th Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 - 正確取水供淡水冷卻塔之用 Annex 1            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2  - 《2015年應課稅品(酒類)(修訂)規例》 Annex 2            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 3 - 新續期申請書 Annex 3

    18 29 Oct 2014

    18th Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex - Revamped business facilitation initiatives (BFI) website Annex               (Chinese version only)

    17 23 May 2014 17th Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)
    16 18 Dec 2013

    16th Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 - Seminar on Liquor Licensing Annex 1            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2 - Business Consultation e-platform App Annex 2            (Chinese version only)

    15 30 July 2013

    15th Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex 1 - Waiving of signature requirement of referees for liquor and club liquor licence Annex 1            (Chinese version only)

    Annex 2 - Validation scheme for unauthorised signboards under the Signboard Control System Annex 2            (Chinese version only)

    14 28 Jan 2013

    14th Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

    Annex - Online Licence Application Services Annex               (Chinese version only)

    13 19 Sep 2012 13th Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)
    12 18 Apr 2012 12th Meeting Notes Meeting notes  (Chinese version only)

     

    If you would like to access Karaoke establishments, nightclubs, bars and other entertainment clubs BLG meeting notes/annex(es) issued before 2012, please contact us at bft@effo.gov.hk

  • Highlight of Interesting IssuesHighlight of Interesting Issues

    • If application for renewal of Certificate of Compliance (CoC) is made three months before expiry, the current CoC will remain valid until notice of the application result is issued by the Home Affairs Department (HAD). 
    • Operators may advertise the “Notice on Application for Liquor Licence” on newspapers immediately after submitting Liquor Licence application with sufficient information to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD).
    • It is not necessary for the applicant of liquor licence to use his/her residential address in the advertisement of “Notice on Application for a Liquor Licence”.  Any correspondence address except a Post Office Box Number is acceptable.
    • Operators should not ignore the required improvement works on fire and building safety for karaoke establishments. However, the Fire Services Department (FSD) allows the operators to submit and adopt alternative methods, such as fire engineering approach and study reports, to comply with the fire safety requirements.
    • Operators of a club occupying more than one storey may request HAD to specify in CoC the maximum number of persons allowed in each storey. Licensee of karaoke establishment should make arrangement for staff to receive a ‘train-the-trainer’ fire safety training course.  Staff who has received certificate from the training course should provide fire safety training to other staff.  It is not necessary for the trained staff to attend the training again when the karaoke establishment licence/permit is renewed.
Video: What an entertainment trade participant is saying about the BLG (Cantonese version only)

Video: What an entertainment trade participant is saying about the BLG (Cantonese version only)

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Video: What an entertainment trade participant is saying about the BLG (Cantonese version only)

Video: What an entertainment trade participant is saying about the BLG (Cantonese version only)

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