While the EIA mechanism applies to development projects in Hong Kong specified under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance, the Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) is a Government internal administrative procedure requiring assessments to be conducted for all new capital works projects where necessary. Under the HIA mechanism, the project proponents and relevant works departments are required to consider whether the implementation of the new capital works projects will affect “heritage sites”. These include declared or proposed monuments, sites and buildings graded by the Antiquities Advisory Board, sites of archaeological interest or Government historic sites identified by the AMO. Please refer to http://www.heritage.gov.hk/en/impact/index.htm for more details.
In accordance with the Antiquities and Monuments Ordinance (Cap. 53), a ‘Licence to Excavate and Search for Antiquities’ shall be obtained before the commencement of excavation and search for antiquities. Information regarding licence application is as follows:
Application to obtain a Licence to Excavate and Search for Antiquities