Japanese restaurant in Mong Kok convicted for generating excessive noise from its ventilation system


Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      â€‹The ventilation system of a Japanese restaurant, Nanomoto Japanese Casual Restaurant, located at 27 Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok, caused night-time noise nuisance which affected nearby residents. The responsible person of the restaurant was fined $5,000 at Kwun Tong Magistrates' Courts today (April 12) for contravening the Noise Control Ordinance (NCO).
      
     A spokesman for the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) said that the department received a complaint in May last year from a nearby resident against the excessive noise emanating from a Japanese restaurant located in a composite building at 27 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok. The investigation and assessment conducted by EPD enforcement officers confirmed that the noise generated by the restaurant's ventilation system at night-time exceeded the statutory limit and a noise abatement notice (NAN) was issued to the restaurant requesting that mitigation measures to be taken. EPD staff made a follow up inspection at the restaurant in October last year and found that the noise generated from its ventilation system in the late evening reached 75 decibels (dB) and exceeded the statutory limit by 10dB, which was comparable to the noise level of a busy traffic street in daytime.

The department subsequently prosecuted the responsible person of the restaurant under the NCO. Maintenance work carried out by the restaurant was conducted early this year and the noise problem has been rectified.
      
     The spokesman reminded all operators of food premises to carry out regular inspection and maintenance of ventilation systems installed at their premises. They should hire a professional contractor to replace the parts and install noise abatement equipment for their ventilation systems to ensure their normal operation and avoid causing noise nuisance to nearby residents.
      
     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.



Published on: 2018-04-12

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