The rapid development of Macao has brought new challenges. The urban planning strategy should set better conditions for balanced and sustainable development of the city, and for a higher standard of living. In recent years, the Central People’s Government has suggested a new vision for Macao’s urban development and regional planning framework – including through approval of reclamation and development of new urban districts and the positioning of Macao as a World Centre of Tourism and Leisure. These new strategies will stimulate Macao’s development.
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
Formed in July 2010 by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, the People’s Government of Guangdong Province and the Macao Special Administrative Region Government, and officially inaugurated on 27th September 2010, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Authority is responsible for organising and implementing the construction, operation, maintenance and management of the main bridge.
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will feature a 29.6 kilometre, dual 3-lane carriageway. With a bridge-cum-tunnel structure, it will include an immersed tunnel of about 6.7 kilometres in length and two artificial islands. Construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will facilitate the economic integration of the Pearl River Delta Region. The synergy of integration arising from construction of the bridge will foster industrial development of the Pearl River Delta region. Construction of the artificial island for the Zhuhai/Macao boundary crossing facilities commenced in late 2015.
In line with Macao’s future development and to increase land supply, in 2006 the Government reported to the Central People’s Government about the land reclamation plan. After the new urban reclamation plan was approved by the Central People’s Government in December 2009, the Government stepped up efforts to carry out the reclamation work.
The new urban reclamation area is divided into five areas, with a total area of about 350 hectares, and is expected to provide a land reserve for Macao for the coming 20 to 30 years. Area A – the biggest of the five subdivisions, occupying an area of approximately 138 hectares – is located to the east of Areia Preta and Friendship Bridge on the Macao Peninsula and north of the Outer Harbour watercourse of Macao.
Reclamation work has commenced. It is planned that the area will be used for commercial and residential areas, infrastructure, waterfront park, public/community facilities, and various industries. The 33 hectare Area E1 at the north-eastern tip of Taipa Island abuts Pac On Ferry Terminal, currently under construction, and the international airport. The area will be used for community facilities and transport infrastructure.
Reclaimed Territory (Area):
Including: Macao Peninsula – Area A in the East (138 hectares)
Area B in the South (47 hectares)
Taipa Island – Area C in the North (33 hectares)
Area D (59 hectares)
Area E (73 hectares)
About 350 hectares in total.
Macao is building its first rail transit system – the Macao Light Rail Transit System. Once completed, it is expected to provide a convenient, environmentally friendly, reliable and comfortable mass transport service for citizens and tourists in line with the development needs of the city. In the future, the LRT System will integrate buses, taxis and pedestrian walkway systems into a seamless public transport network, encouraging more residents to use public transport and use private vehicles less, thereby achieving the goal of improving overall transportation conditions. In addition, the System will help improve the problems of air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions.
The LRT System adopts a fully automatic driverless system, driven by electric power, with rubber tyres running on concrete rails, for low running noise and zero emissions.
The first line of the Macao LRT System – LRT Taipa Line – is currently under construction and is expected to be completed and open to traffic in 2019. The LRT Taipa Line consists of 11stations, covering the main residential communities in centre of Taipa, Taipa Old Village and tourist area, and linking three major sea, land and air ports of Macao. Apart from the Taipa Line under construction, the LRT System will extend to the Macao Peninsula via the Sai Van Bridge. Also, the Seac Pai Van Line will be developed to link to the new Seac Pai Van community in Coloane.
Transportation Infrastructure Office
Tel: (853) 2881 3721 / 2881 3722
Public Construction and Infrastructure Projects
To improve the quality of social facilities, the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau of Macao is responsible for following up on a number of projects. For details of construction projects under planning, underway or completed, please visit:
The main functions of the Housing Bureau are to ensure the execution of public housing policies, projects and work, to provide assistance and support to management of common areas in buildings, to monitor the real estate agency business and to issue licences according to the law.
Public housing refers to units leased by the Government to low income families and those in adverse circumstances. Methods for the allocation and management of public housing are governed by By-law No. 25/2009.
Public housing is distributed to families of weak financial standing in the form of leasing. Families of weak financial standing are defined as those whose household income falls beneath the legally stipulated level.
Home Ownership Scheme Housing
Under Law No. 10/2011 of 1 October 2011, the construction of Home Ownership Scheme Housing is led by the Government and executed by the Housing Bureau or other public authorities appointed by the Chief Executive.
The rationale for building Home-Ownership Scheme Housing is: 1. To assist Macao residents of a particular income level and financial situation to meet their housing needs; 2. to promote housing supply that suits the practical needs and purchasing power of Macao residents.
Building Management: According to the laws and regulations of the Home-Ownership Scheme, the Housing Bureau is empowered to monitor and supervise the operation of Home-Ownership Scheme Housing, including building maintenance and property management.
In accordance with relevant laws, the Bureau can impose penalties on tenants or management entities that violate its regulations. The Housing Bureau also assists owners of Home-Ownership Scheme Housing units with the setting up of management committees and resolution of disputes involving building management.
The Housing Bureau also keeps abreast of all necessary renovation and improvement works for public housing. In addition to the public facilities of housing estates, it strives to improve indoor facilities in order to improve the living conditions of its tenants, particularly for the elderly living alone.
Building Maintenance Fund Schemes
To encourage and help homeowners to perform their duties regarding the maintenance of common building areas and facilities in residential, commercial-residential and industrial buildings, the Housing Bureau has established six Building Maintenance Fund schemes.
|Launch Year||Name of Scheme|
|2007||Interest-free Loan Scheme for Building Maintenance|
|2008||Subsidy Scheme for Building Maintenance|
|2008||Subsidy Scheme for Building Management|
|2009||Provisional Subsidy Scheme for Common Parts Maintenance of Low-Rise Buildings|
|2009||Support Scheme for Building Maintenance|
|2013||Subsidy Scheme for Voluntary Removal of Unauthorised Structures|
Joint Centre for Building Leakage Issues
The Joint Centre for Building Leakage Issues – co-ordinated by the Housing Bureau and formed by the Land, Public Works and Transport Bureau, Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau and Health Bureau – was established based on the inter-departmental co-operation system on 1st February 2009 to provide a one-stop service for handling the issues of building leakage in tandem with the technical assessments conducted by the Civil Engineering Laboratory.
Real Estate Intermediary Service
The Law on Real Estate Intermediary Activities, which took effect on 1st July 2013, directs that the real estate intermediary and agent must fulfill the stipulated conditions and obtain the licences of real estate intermediary and agent. The Housing Bureau has added a functional department responsible for handling the real estate intermediary service, licence application and supervision work related to intermediary and agent.
Tel: (853) 2859 4875