Ease of Doing Business in

Hong Kong SAR, China

Hong Kong SAR, China Download Profile (1728.6KB, pdf)
Region East Asia & Pacific
Income Category High income
Population 7,305,700
GNI Per Capita (US$) 41,000
City covered Hong Kong



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DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 4 5 up
84.21 83.77 down
Starting a Business 3 4 up
98.20 98.12 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 5 5
84.82 84.78 up
Getting Electricity 3 5 up
99.02 94.74 up
Registering Property 61 60 down
69.79 69.78 up
Getting Credit 20 19 down
75.00 75.00
Protecting Minority Investors 3 3
80.00 80.00
Paying Taxes 3 3
98.69 98.69
Trading across Borders 42 42
88.94 88.94
Enforcing Contracts 21 21
72.57 72.57
Resolving Insolvency 28 27 down
75.06 75.06

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Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 15.0
Name of utility CLP Power Hong Kong Ltd.
City Hong Kong
Indicator Hong Kong SAR, China East Asia & Pacific OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 3 4.5 4.8
Time (days) info_outline 27 72.9 76.2
Cost (% of income per capita) info_outline 1.4 714.6 62.5
Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8) info_outline 8 3.6 7.5
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Submit application to CLP Power and await technical conditions

    Agency: CLP Power HK Ltd

    The internal wiring works before connection of supply should be carried out by a Registered Electrical Worker (REW). Similarly, when supply is connected, the internal wiring works should be carried out by the REW.

    The Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) and the REW should be registered with the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) of the Hong Kong SAR Government (www.emsd.gov.hk). The clients requesting electricity supply need to complete a supply application form and provide a document for identity verification (Copy of identity or Business Registration Certificate).

    The application form can serve the purpose of a supply contract. The client can submit the application for electricity connection with CLP Power Ltd. online, in person, by mail, email, fax, or on the phone. CLP Power Ltd conducts an external inspection of the site not involving the client after receiving the application to study the specifics of the connection (possibility to connect directly to existing network or need for an expansion). After that, it formulates a supply project including network design and cable route selection after inspection. This is the Project Planning phase.

    3 calendar days HKD 0

    Receive external works from CLP Power

    Agency: CLP Power HK Ltd

    (a) Application for excavation permit

    An excavation permit is required for the excavation of cable trench in public areas. The utility is required to apply to the relevant government departments for the permit.

    The excavation permit application will be submitted after the project planning stage. Before applying for the permit, the utility will confirm with the client the target supply date and the target completion date of the work required by the client e.g. duct and draw pit. The excavation permit application is not billed to clients as part of their cost for connection.

    To reduce the time to obtain an excavation permit, a liaison group has been set up. The liaison group has representatives of differemt relevant government departments (e.g. Highway Department, Police Force, Transport Department, etc) to streamline the procedures related to applications. As a result, applications are typically processed under 9 days.

    (b) Installation Work

    Processing time includes LV cable laying and jointing work on a trench (150m) with road crossing. (Construction phase)

    It excludes the advance notification for commencement of the works submitted to government departments after obtaining the excavation permit. This is also a time taken for manpower mobilization and material preparation. This is the Resource programming phase.

    24 calendar days HKD 0
    * 3

    Receive meter installation and final connection from CLP Power

    Agency: CLP Power HK Ltd

    The utility inspects the internal wiring and installs the meter. The Registered Electrical Worker representing the client must be present

    According to the Electricity (Wiring) Regulations, Cap. 406E, any fixed electrical installation shall be inspected after completion and before it is energized for use. The installation is thus tested and certified with a Work Completion Certificate (Form WR1) by a registered electrical worker and contractor. In case of repair or alteration, only the affected parts of the installation need to be inspected, tested and certified with a Work Completion Certificate (Form WR1) by a registered electrical worker and contractor. A copy of the Work Completion Certificate (Form WR1) together with copies of Certificate of Registration of Electrical Contractor and Certificate of Registration of Electrical Worker should be forwarded to the Licensing Office as proof of compliance with the electricity safety requirements.

    The Registered Electrical Worker in charge of the internal installation and final inspection signs the WR1 form, and submits it to the utility at the appointment for electricity turn-on. The client requests a final inspection for meter installation from CLP Power through the installation inspection appointment system of the utility. The final inspection does not cover the entire internal wiring, but only the interface with the external circuit. The WR1 form is enough to guarantee the wiring has been done in accordance with the electricity regulations.

    The meter will be installed and supply connected after satisfactory inspection of the internal wiring (not entire inspection; only for the interface with external network). The service pledge is to install the meter within the same day of the satisfactory inspection of the internal wiring.

    1 calendar day HKD 4,766.05

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8) 8.0
    Total duration and frequency of outages per customer a year (0-3) 3.0
    System average interruption duration index (SAIDI) 0.39
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 0.17
    Mechanisms for monitoring outages (0-1) 1.0
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to monitor outages? Yes
    Mechanisms for restoring service (0-1) 1.0
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to restore service? Yes
    Regulatory monitoring (0-1) 1.0
    Does a regulator—that is, an entity separate from the utility—monitor the utility’s performance on reliability of supply? Yes
    Financial deterrents aimed at limiting outages (0-1) 1.0
    Does the utility either pay compensation to customers or face fines by the regulator (or both) if outages exceed a certain cap? Yes
    Communication of tariffs and tariff changes (0-1) 1.0
    Are effective tariffs available online? Yes
    Link to the website, if available online https://www.clp.com.hk/en/customer-service/tariff/business-and-other-custom...
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? Yes
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 15.0


    If the duration and frequency of outages is 100 or less, the economy is eligible to score on the Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index.

    If the duration and frequency of outages is not available, or is over 100, the economy is not eligible to score on the index.