Hawker Control Teams

To control hawking activities, about 171 squads of Hawker Control Teams (107 squads in Hong Kong and Kowloon and 54 squads in the New Territories) are deployed at two levels, namely district and division, including 10 squads in Divisional Task Force. The squads are equipped with portable radios and vehicles.

Management of Licensed Hawkers

Hawker Control Teams are responsible in the management of licensed hawkers by-

Staff of Hawker Control Teams inspect licensed fixed-pitch hawker stalls regularly and regulate the operation of itinerant hawkers whenever they are found hawking in the streets. Where appropriate, they take enforcement action to deal with irregularities, such action resulted in 1,916 convictions in 2023.

Control of Unlicensed Hawkers

To combat unlicensed hawking, the Hawker Control Team conducts sector patrols and raids at hawker black-spots. There are also Hawker Control Team staff working overnight shift to tackle unlicensed hawking activities during the late-night and early-morning hours.

There were 2,763 convictions of unlicensed hawker or hawker-related offences in 2023. At the end of December 2023, the number of unlicensed hawkers was around 804.

The chart shows the number of unlicensed hawkers during the period from 1994 to 2023.

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Enforcement Strategies against Hawking Activities

Current enforcement strategies of the Department are as follows-


Legislation applied by the Government of the HKSAR in the control of hawking activities includes -