Public Lighting Ordinance


Published: 1997-07-01

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Cap 105 - PUBLIC LIGHTING ORDINANCE 1

Chapter: 105 PUBLIC LIGHTING ORDINANCE Gazette Number Version Date

Long title 57 of 1999 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 57 of 1999 s. 3

To provide for the public lighting of Hong Kong and for the protection of the appliances used in connexion therewith.

(Amended 57 of 1999 s. 3)
[8 May 1914]


(Originally 13 of 1914 (Cap 105 1950 Ed.))

Section: 1 Short title 30/06/1997


This Ordinance may be cited as the Public Lighting Ordinance.

Section: 2 Director of Highways to have power to erect lamp posts

and affix lamps thereon
57 of 1999 01/07/1997



Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 57 of 1999 s. 3


It shall be lawful for the Director of Highways to cause a sufficient number of posts, standards and brackets for
the lighting of the public or private streets, roads, ways and thoroughfares in Hong Kong or for the control of
pedestrian and vehicular traffic therein to be provided and to be set up, fixed or erected in all suitable situations for
such lighting or control, whether in any of the said streets, roads, ways and thoroughfares or in any place adjacent
thereto or upon or against the wall of any house or building or the side of any wall or fence, or elsewhere, as he may
think proper; and it shall also be lawful for him to cause to be provided and put and affixed upon the said posts,
standards and brackets such a number of lamps and of such sizes and sorts respectively as may be found requisite for
the lighting or control of the said streets, roads, ways and thoroughfares respectively.

(Amended 33 of 1939 Schedule; 28 of 1940 s. 2; L.N. 76 of 1982; L.N. 127 of 1986; 57 of 1999 s. 3)

Section: 3 Property in lamp posts and lamps to be vested in Director

of Highways
30/06/1997



The laws relating to the removing, taking, carrying away or stealing of fixtures and chattels respectively shall be
interpreted to apply to the removing, taking, carrying away or stealing of any of the posts, standards, brackets or lamps
provided under this Ordinance; and the property of and in all or any of such posts, standards, brackets or lamps shall
be deemed to be vested in the Director of Highways for all the purposes of any proceedings, civil or criminal, in
relation thereto.

(Amended L.N. 76 of 1982; L.N. 127 of 1986)

Section: 4 Extinguishing light of lamps 30/06/1997


Every person who wilfully extinguishes, obscures or interferes in any way with the light of any lamp provided
under this Ordinance shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of $200 in addition to the full amount of the
damage and all incidental costs and expenses.

(Amended 5 of 1924 Schedule; 22 of 1950 Schedule; 48 of 1972 s. 4)

Section: 5 Apprehension without warrant of offender 30/06/1997


It shall be lawful for any person witnessing the commission of an offence against section 4 to seize the said
offender and to deliver him to any constable or to a magistrate, and no warrant shall be in any case necessary to justify



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the apprehension of any such offender.
(Amended 5 of 1924 Schedule)


Section: 6 Compensation to be paid for damage other than wilful 30/06/1997


When any damage or injury has been occasioned to any of the posts, standards, brackets or lamps provided
under this Ordinance by any person otherwise than wilfully, and such person has not made satisfaction for the same,
the District Court shall, where proceedings are commenced in respect of such damage or injury, order the said person
to make full satisfaction for the amount of such damage or injury, together with all incidental costs and expenses.

(Amended 5 of 1924 Schedule; 35 of 1969 Schedule)

Section: 7 Saving 29 of 1998 01/07/1997


Remarks:
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 29 of 1998 s. 105


Nothing in this Ordinance contained shall be deemed to affect any liability imposed by section 29 of the
Buildings Ordinance (Cap 123), upon the owners of the land fronting, adjoining or abutting on any street on land held
under lease from the Government on which buildings front, adjoin or abut.

(Amended 18 of 1935 s. 172; 33 of 1939 Schedule; 29 of 1998 s. 105)

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