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Establishment of Licensing Scheme

The Private Columbaria Ordinance has come into effect. A licensing scheme for private columbaria is in place with the following objectives:

  1. ensuring that private columbaria are in compliance with statutory and government requirements;
  2. enhancing protection of consumer interests; and
  3. ensuring that the industry adopts a sustainable mode of operation.

Licensing Requirements
  • A licence, an exemption or a temporary suspension of liability (TSOL) must be obtained for operating a columbarium.
  • A private columbarium must obtain a licence before it sells or newly lets out niches.
Grace Period
  • The Government is undertaking preparatory work, including the establishment of the Private Columbaria Licensing Board and the formulation of procedures and relevant guidelines.
  • The Board will start to accept applications from columbaria on 30 December 2017.
  • There is a grace period under the Private Columbaria Ordinance.
  • For details of the grace period arrangement, please click here.