Introduction

Street trading has been a feature of life in Hong Kong for over 100 years. For many years, the Administration's policy has been to properly regulate the hawking activities of licensed hawkers and take enforcement action against illegal hawking. Since the early 1970's, the former Urban Council had stopped issuing new hawker licences under normal circumstances. Following the hawker licensing policy review concluded in early 2009, the Director of Food and Environmental Hygiene had, during the period from July 2009 to April 2012, completed the issuing of 61 new Itinerant (Frozen Confectionery) and 218 new Fixed Pitch (Other Classes) Hawker Licences.

Objectives of Hawker Control

Hawker Licence

A hawker licence may not be issued to any person who is :

There are, in essence, two categories of hawker licences; they are :

At the end of December 2017, the number of fixed-pitch (excluding Temporary Hawker Licences) and itinerant hawker licences in the urban area were 5 127 and 191 respectively. The number of fixed-pitch (excluding Temporary Hawker Licences) and itinerant hawker licences in the New Territories were 214 and 208 respectively.

Temporary Hawker Licence

A temporary hawker licence may be issued to an applicant as the Director thinks fit and it permits the licensee to hawk for such period (not exceeding one month) and for such purpose as the Director specifies in the licence, subject to any conditions that the Director thinks fits to specify in the licence. The Department will not consider any applications in connection with fund-raising activities for commercial or profit-making purposes. Application form can be downloaded from our webpage at http://www.fehd.gov.hk/english/forms/fehb71.html.

One-family-one-licence policy

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