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Registration of a Society in Hong Kong



Registration of a Society in Hong Kong


The Societies Ordinance (Cap. 151) of Hong Kong regulates the registration and operation of societies in Hong Kong. A society is defined as an association of persons for the furtherance of a common purpose or interest.


Eligibility for Registration


To be eligible for registration, a society must:

  • be established in Hong Kong

  • have at least seven members

  • have a written constitution that sets out its objectives, rules and procedures

  • have an office in Hong Kong

  • have three office-bearers who are permanent residents of Hong Kong

Application for Registration


An application for registration can be made online or by post. The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • A completed application form

  • Copies of the HKID cards or other valid identity documents of the office-bearers

  • A copy of the society's constitution

  • A document to prove the society's place of business

  • A consent letter from the lawful occupier of the premises, if applicable

Processing of Applications


The Societies Officer will process the application and decide whether to register the society. The Societies Officer may request further information from the society or may hold a hearing to consider the application.


Registration Certificate


If the application is successful, the Societies Officer will issue a registration certificate to the society. The registration certificate must be displayed at the society's office.


Exemption from Registration


A society may be exempt from registration if it is established solely for religious, charitable, social or recreational purposes or as a rural committee or a federation or other association of rural committees.


Duties of Registered Societies


A registered society must:

  • keep a register of its members

  • hold annual general meetings

  • keep proper accounting records

  • submit an annual report to the Societies Officer

Failure to Comply with the Societies Ordinance


A society that fails to comply with the Societies Ordinance may be fined or deregistered.


Additional information


For more information about registering a society in Hong Kong, please visit the website of the Hong Kong Police Force.


How Bestar can Help


Bestar can help you register a society in Hong Kong by providing you with the following services:

  • Advice on the registration process: Bestar can provide you with advice on the eligibility criteria for registration, the required documents, and the processing time.

  • Preparation of the application documents: Bestar can prepare the application documents for you, including the application form, the constitution, and the proof of place of business.

  • Liaison with the Societies Officer: Bestar can liaise with the Societies Officer on your behalf to answer any questions and provide any additional information that may be required.

  • Post-registration services: Bestar can provide you with post-registration services, such as advising you on your ongoing compliance obligations.

Here are some of the benefits of using Bestar to help you register a society in Hong Kong:

  • Expertise: Bestar has a team of experienced professionals who are experts in the registration of societies in Hong Kong.

  • Efficiency: Bestar can help you to register your society quickly and efficiently.

  • Peace of mind: Bestar can help you to avoid making mistakes that could delay or prevent the registration of your society.

If you are interested in using Bestar to help you register a society in Hong Kong, please contact us for a free consultation.

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