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Prohibition on Certain Uses of the Flags and Emblems

National and regional flags or emblems which are damaged, defiled, faded or substandard must not be displayed or used.

The national and regional flags or emblems must be manufactured in accordance with their specifications set out in the respective Ordinances.

The national and regional flags or emblems or their designs must not be displayed or used in trademarks or advertisements. In addition, the national flag or its design must not be used in private funeral activities, and the national emblem or its design must not be used in furnishings or ornaments in everyday life, or private activities of celebration or condolence. It is an offence to use the flags or emblems contrary to these prohibitions.

A person shall not use the national flag, national emblem, regional flag or regional emblem or their designs in connection with any trade, calling or profession, or the logo, seal or badge of any non-governmental organisation, except with the prior approval of the Deputy Director of Administration. Prior application to the Deputy Director of Administration on the use of the national flag, national emblem, regional flag or regional emblem or their designs should be made in writing to the following address –

Administration Wing, Chief Secretary for Administration's Office
25/F, Central Government Offices,
2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong

Fax no.: 2804 6552
Email: flags&emblems@cso.gov.hk

A person who desecrates the national and regional flags or emblems by publicly and wilfully burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling on them commits an offence.

For details of the offence provisions, you may refer to the National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance and the Regional Flag and Regional Emblem Ordinance.