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Access to Information

Code on Access to Information

The Government exists to serve the community well within available resources. To this end, it recognises the need for the community to be well informed about the Government, the services it provides and the basis for policies and decisions that affect individuals and the community as a whole.

The Code on Access to Information (the Code) defines the scope of information that will be provided, sets out how the information will be made available either routinely or in response to a request, and lays down procedures governing its prompt release.

The Code authorises and requires civil servants, routinely or on request, to provide information unless there are specific reasons for not doing so. These reasons are set out in Part 2 and will normally be referred to if a request for information is refused.

Requests for information will be handled as promptly and helpfully as possible and if necessary, members of the public may be approached to clarify their requests or the requests may be directed to the most appropriate department. Procedures will be kept as simple as possible.

The Code also sets out procedures for review or complaint if a member of the public considers that the provisions of the Code have not been properly applied.

Application for Access to Information

Requests for information held by the department may be made by letter or application form. Applications should be addressed to :

Access to Information Officer
Rating and Valuation Department
15/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices
303 Cheung Sha Wan Road

Fax No. 2152 0138
E-mail at

Other Charges

Other than publications which are available free of charge or at the cost specified, the following photocopying charges will be levied : -

  • photocopying black and white on A4 size paper - HK$1.3 per photocopy
  • photocopying black and white on A3 size paper - HK$1.5 per photocopy

unless otherwise provided by enactment or approved by the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury.


(1) Photocopying made on both sides of a sheet is counted as two copies.

(2) The above charges are subject to revision from time to time.

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For enquiries, please call 2150 8902 during office hours.