Cap 147 - SAND ORDINANCE 1
Chapter: 147 SAND ORDINANCE Gazette Number Version Date
Long title 30/06/1997
To regulate the importation and the removal of sand.
[6 December 1935]
(Originally 50 of 1935 (Cap 147 1950))
Section: 1 Short title 30/06/1997
This Ordinance may be cited as the Sand Ordinance.
Section: 1A Application of Ordinance 30/06/1997
This Ordinance shall not apply to sand which is produced by any quarrying operation or by the washing of other
material so as to produce sand.
(Added 66 of 1970 s. 2)
Section: 2 Permit required for removal from Government land L.N. 104 of 2004 01/07/2004
(1) No person may take sand from any land, foreshore or sea bed, not under lease from the Government,
without having previously obtained a written removal permit or sale and removal permit applicable to such sand from
the Director of Civil Engineering and Development. (Amended 12 of 1938 s. 2; 66 of 1970 s. 3; 29 of 1998 s. 105)
(2) The Director of Civil Engineering and Development may grant a permit issued under subsection (1) on such
terms and attach thereto such conditions as he may think fit. (Replaced 66 of 1970 s. 4)
(Amended L.N. 76 of 1982; L.N. 127 of 1986; L.N. 364 of 1991; L.N. 104 of 2004)
Section: 3 Permit required where any sand in excess of 100 kg is
imported or removed by junk, lighter, truck or lorry
L.N. 104 of 2004 01/07/2004
(1) No person may in any vessel or vehicle bring into Hong Kong or remove from one part of Hong Kong to
another any sand, wherever obtained and whatever its ultimate destination, in excess of 100 kg, unless he has in his
possession a permit, issued under section 2(1), or a written removal permit from the Director of Civil Engineering and
Development issued under this section, applicable to such sand. (Amended 12 of 1938 s. 2; 37 of 1955 s. 2; 66 of
1970 s. 3; L.N. 156 of 1977; L.N. 76 of 1982; L.N. 127 of 1986; L.N. 364 of 1991; 57 of 1999 s. 3; L.N. 104 of 2004)
(2) Any removal permit issued under this section may prescribe the quantity of sand which may be removed
and the places from and to which it may be removed.
Section: 4 Arrest, detention, search and seizure L.N. 104 of 2004 01/07/2004
The Director of Civil Engineering and Development and any public officer authorized by him either generally or
specially and any police officer may- (Amended L.N. 76 of 1982; L.N. 127 of 1986; L.N. 364 of 1991; L.N. 104 of
(a) arrest any person whom he reasonably suspects to have committed or of being about to commit an
offence against this Ordinance;
(b) enter and search any place and stop, board, detain and search any vessel or vehicle in which he has
reason to suspect there is any sand with respect to which an offence against this Ordinance has been
(c) seize any sand with respect to which he has reason to suspect there has been committed an offence
against this Ordinance.
(Replaced 37 of 1955 s. 3. Amended 66 of 1970 s. 3)
Cap 147 - SAND ORDINANCE 2
Section: 5 Penalties 57 of 1999 01/07/1997
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 57 of 1999 s. 3
Any person who contravenes any provision of section 2(1), or section 3(1), or who brings into Hong Kong or
takes or removes more sand than is prescribed by the permit, or sand from or to any place other than the place or
places, if any, prescribed in the permit, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a
fine of $2500 and to imprisonment for 6 months.
(Amended 37 of 1955 s. 4; 57 of 1999 s. 3)
Section: 6 Restitution and forfeiture of sand 29 of 1998 01/07/1997
Adaptation amendments retroactively made - see 29 of 1998 s. 105
Where any sand has been seized under this or any other enactment the magistrate shall upon application being
(a) order restitution thereof to the Government where the sand appears to him to be the property of the
(b) order the forfeiture to the Government thereof where the sand appears to him to be the property of
some other person and where he is satisfied that an offence against this Ordinance has been committed
in respect thereof whether any person has been convicted of such offence or not.
(Added 37 of 1955 s. 5. Amended 29 of 1998 s. 105)