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Structural Plan Approval And Permit To Commence Structural Works

Submission Procedures For Structural Plan Approval

General

Building structural plans must be submitted by a Qualified Person for structural works who is a registered Professional Engineer in the civil or structural discipline.

You should submit your application for approval of your structural plans well in advance before you intend to commence construction works. It is an offence to carry out building works if the plans have not been approved and a permit to carry out structural works has not been granted by the Commissioner of Building Control.

As a guide, the time taken by the Commissioner of Building Control to respond to applications for approval of structural plans is as shown in Appendix A

In order to expedite and streamline the whole process, the Commissioner of Building Control allows parallel and phased submissions, as follows:

Parallel submission:

You can submit your application for approval of structural plans to the Commissioner of Building Control while you are seeking planning permission from the Competent Authority, URA. The Commissioner of Building Control will process your application but approval will be granted only when you have already obtained planning permission (either a provisional or written permission) from the Competent Authority, URA. [NOTE : For proposed building works that do not require an accredited checker's certificate, the planning permission from the Competent Authority, URA is required before the Commissioner of Building Control is able to process your application.]

Phased submission:-

If your building works involve several stages of work, you can submit your structural plan approval application in phases according to your proposed stages of work. This will allow you to commence construction works on the first stage early, without having to wait for plans of the entire structure to be approved. For example, you can submit plans according to the following stages:

  1. piling
  2. substructure or basement
  3. superstructure

In addition, if your project is complex and consists of many independent structures, you may also submit plans for the various structures separately for approval.

Preparation And Submission Of Plans Of Structural Works

All plans submitted in electronic format have to comply with "CORENET e-Submission electronic submission guidelines" issued by the Commissioner of Building Control.

Forms and Documents

Where plans are to be submitted for approval, the application shall be made on the relevant forms and accompanied by relevant documents as follows:

  1. Form BCA-BE-STAPPV01 (BEV/A1) – "Application for approval of structural plans";
  2. Form BCA-BE-STAPPV01-RW & BCA-BE-STAPPV01-A1/Appendix – "Declaration by a qualified person for structural works for the approval of structural plan (retaining wall)"
  3. one set of detailed structural plans which have to be signed by the qualified person for structural works, and the first and last sheets of the plans have to be endorsed by the qualified person with a certificate as shown in Appendix B;
  4. one set of building plans (i.e. architectural plans) for reference. All building plans have to be signed by the qualified person who prepared them;
  5. one set of structural design calculations. The first and last pages of each book of design calculation have to be signed and endorsed by the qualified person for structural works with a certificate as shown in Appendix B;
  6. a copy of valid planning permission or lodgement receipt or letter of no-objection (for erection of retaining wall in emergency cases) from the Competent Authority, URA;
  7. plan fee computation for building plans/structural plans", where applicable; and
  8. calculations of structural buildability score on form BCA-BE-BS02 (BEV/A1-BS02)– "Submission of structural buildability score calculations", where applicable.

Additional forms and documents are required for the following cases:

Submissions requiring an AC Certificate:

If the proposed structural works require an accredited checker's certificate, the accredited checker must submit, together with the professional engineer's submission for approval, the following documents:

  1. Form BCA-BE-STAPPV01-ACC (BEV/A2) - "Accredited Checker’s Certificate";
  2. Form BCA-BE-ACCHECKLIST (BEV/A3) -  "Accredited Checker's Checklist in Design Evaluation Report";
  3. an evaluation report accompanying one set of the accredited checker's independent structural analysis and design check calculations
  4. one set of design calculations. The first and last pages of each book of design calculation have to be signed and endorsed by the accredited checker with a certificate as shown in Appendix C.

All structural plans and calculations submitted by the qualified person for structural works have to be signed by the accredited checker. The first and last sheets of the plans and calculations submitted by the qualified person have to be endorsed by the accredited checker with a certificate as shown in Appendix C.

For the tasks that must be carried out by Accredited Checkers and Specialist Accredited Checkers, please refer to the 2nd and 3rd Schedule of the Building Control (Accredited Checkers and Accredited Checking Organisations) Regulations respectively.

Submission involving A&A Works:

In addition to the documents specified above, an application involving any repairs, alterations or additions to an existing building must be accompanied by the following:

  1. Where the structural stability or integrity of the building is not affected, all plans have to be endorsed by a professional engineer with a certificate as shown in Appendix D; or
  2. If the work materially affects the key structural elements of the building (for example, modifications, such as strengthening, has to be carried out to a key structural element), the submission has to be accompanied with an accredited checker's certificate.

Submission for Fixings of Claddings:

In addition to the documents specified above, an application for fixings of claddings must be accompanied by certifications from the qualified person for fixings of claddings, qualified person for the building structural works and accredited checker. The requirements and standard certifications are shown in detail in Appendix E.

The certification by the qualified person for fixings of claddings must be provided on the plans. The certifications by the accredited checker and qualified person for the building structural works can be submitted through letter correspondences.