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3. What are the procedures under the MBIS and MWIS?

MBIS

  1. The BD issues pre-notification letters to the owners of the selected target buildings six months before the issue of statutory notices to alert them to get prepared and organised to carry out the required prescribed inspection and any repairs that may be required.

  2. Six months after the pre-notification letters are issued, the BD issues statutory notices to the owners of the target buildings requiring them to carry out the prescribed inspection and any prescribed repair works found necessary in respect of the common parts, external walls and projections or signboards within the specified time frame. After the issuance of statutory notices, the list of buildings concerned is uploaded to the BD’s website.

  3. The building owners served with a statutory notice under the MBIS (in most of the cases, the co-owners or OC of the building concerned) must appoint an RI to carry out the prescribed inspection within the specified time frame.

  4. The RI must carry out the prescribed inspection personally, unless exempted by the relevant provisions of the subsidiary legislation, to ascertain whether the building has been rendered dangerous or is liable to become dangerous.

  5. If the RI considers that a prescribed repair is required, the owners concerned must appoint a registered general building contractor (RGBC) or a registered minor works contractor (RMWC) who is registered for the relevant repair works to carry out the prescribed repair under the supervision of an RI (who may be the same as or different from the RI that carried out the prescribed inspection, as the owners may decide).

  6. Upon completion of the prescribed inspection and prescribed repair, the appointed RI must submit an inspection report and a completion report respectively, together with a certificate in the specified form, to the BA for record and audit check.

MWIS

  1. The BD issues pre-notification letters to the OC or posts the letters at a conspicuous part of the target buildings one to two months before the issue of statutory notices to give advance notice to the building owners of the requirement to carry out the prescribed inspection and any subsequent repairs, if required. The pre-notification letters are not issued to each of the individual owners.

  2. One to two months after the pre-notification letters are issued, the BD issues statutory notices to the owners of the target buildings, requiring them to carry out the prescribed inspection and any prescribed repair works found necessary in respect of the windows within the specified time frame. After the issuance of the statutory notices, the list of buildings concerned is uploaded to the BD’s website.

  3. The building owners served with a statutory notice under the MWIS must appoint a QP to carry out the prescribed inspection within the specified time frame.

  4. The QP must carry out the prescribed inspection personally to ascertain whether the windows have been rendered dangerous or are liable to become dangerous.

  5. If the QP considers that a prescribed repair is required, the owners concerned must appoint an RMWC (who is registered for the minor works required in respect of the windows) or an RGBC to carry out the prescribed repairs under the supervision of a QP (who may be the same as or different from the QP that carried out the prescribed inspection, as the owners may decide).

  6. If the QP is an RMWC or RGBC, the QP may also act as the contractor to carry out the prescribed repairs in respect of the windows inspected by the same QP.

  7. Upon completion of the prescribed inspection and any prescribed repairs, the appointed QP must submit a certificate in the specified form to the BA for record and audit check.
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