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Mong Kok commercial building owner convicted for causing noise nuisance at night
     The ventilation system of a commercial building in Mong Kok caused noise nuisance at nighttime, affecting the resting time of nearby residents. The owner cum property management agency involved was convicted and fined $20,000 at Kwun Tong Magistrates' Courts today (September 21) for contravening the Noise Control Ordinance (NCO).

     A spokesman for the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) said that the department received a complaint in late 2016 against the noise nuisance caused by a commercial building at Sai Yee Street, Mong Kok. During investigation, the noise assessment conducted by EPD enforcement officers revealed that the noise emanating from the commercial building's ventilation system exceeded the statutory nighttime limit by 11 decibels and a Noise Abatement Notice (NAN) was subsequently served to the owner cum property management agency of the commercial building. Despite the measures implemented by the owner cum property management agency, such as erecting side boards as barriers and replacing certain mechanical parts, the noise level was not effectively reduced to comply with the statutory limit. The EPD subsequently prosecuted the owner cum property management agency for failing to comply with the NAN requirements, and required the property management agency to take immediate actions to abate the excessive noise or they would be prosecuted again.

     According to the NCO, anyone failing to comply with any requirement of a NAN commits an offence. First-time offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $100,000. A maximum fine of $200,000 may be imposed on second or subsequent convictions.

     The spokesman reminded the owners and responsible persons of all companies that to avoid infringing the NCO, they must ensure normal operation of the noise level generated by the ventilation and mechanical installations of their shops and offices and take all necessary actions to abate excessive noise so that the nearby residents are not affected.
Ends/Thursday, September 21, 2017
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