Mandatory Building Inspection Scheme and Mandatory Window Inspection Scheme has fully implemented in June 2011.
Under the MWIS, owners of buildings aged 10 years or above (except domestic buildings not exceeding 3 storeys) are required to appoint a QP to carry out the prescribed inspection and supervise the prescribed repair works found necessary of all windows of the buildings. The BD will serve statutory notices on owners of these buildings for the carrying out of the prescribed inspection and prescribed repair. Each year, a certain number of buildings will be selected for both the MBIS and MWIS to be carried out concurrently, and a certain number of buildings for the MWIS only to be carried out.
Legal Liabilities of Owners/Owners’ Corporations (OC)
The owners/OC who fail to comply with a statutory notice for mandatory window inspection without any reasonable excuse may be served with a penalty notice for a fixed fine of $1,500. Repeated offenders may be prosecuted and are liable upon conviction to a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment for 3 months. The BD may also arrange for the required inspection and repair works to be carried out by its consultant and contractor, and then recover the cost of inspection and repair works as well as supervision charge from the owners/OC, together with a surcharge of not exceeding 20% of the cost.