If a food business licence in respect of a premises is cancelled by the Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene under section 125(1)(b) of the Public Health and Municipal Services Ordinance (Cap. 132), this Department will not process future application for the same type of food business licence in respect of the same premises submitted by the former licensee or his/her representative/business partner/business proprietor for a period of 12 months from the date of cancellation of the licence. Documentary proof will have to be submitted to this Department to show that the applicant does not have any business connection with the former licensee or his/her representative/business partner/business proprietor.
In addition, this Department may consider applying for a Closure Order under section 128B of Cap. 132 to close the premises operating a food business without a valid licence issued under the Food Business Regulation (Cap. 132X). In the course of application for Closure Order, this Department will stop processing all Full and Provisional (if applicable) Licence applications of the premises until the determination of the application for Closure Order has been handed down by the Court. Upon the grant of the Closure Order by the Court and as long as such Closure Order remains in force, all licence applications in respect of the closed premises will not be processed further by this Department.