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New Sign Licence Application

FAQ on new advertising sign/signboard application
  1. How do I apply for an advertising sign / a signboard licence?
  2. Whose consent(s) do I need to obtain if my signboard/ advertising sign is being displayed at a building premise?
  3. What are the required documents and drawings that I need to submit during the online consultation?
  4. Do I need to apply for PE's Certification / Temporary Building Permit for my sign?
  5. I have encountered system error during the application, what should I do?
  6. How can I pay for the licence fee? Click here to calculate your licence fee!
  7. Your essential guide to applying for an outdoor advertising sign and signboard licence

FAQ on new advertising sign/signboard application

  1. How do I apply for an advertising sign / a signboard licence?
  2. You have to register an Advertisement Licensing System (ALS) account before submitting your proposal to BCA for consultation and evaluation.

    Once an in-principle approval is given, you may proceed to the formal application. Changes are strictly not allowed during formal application.

    The soft copy licence will be sent to the licensee's (applicant) email account after payment verification.

    BCA generally takes 7 working days to assess an application if all the required documents are in order. It will take at least 1 additional week if the proposal has to be evaluated by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

    Application Process to apply for an Advertising Sign / a Signboard Licence

    CoreNet e-Submission Advertisement Licensing System (ALS) URA's outdoor signage guideline BCA's submission requirement Temporary Building Permit

  3. Whose consent(s) do I need to obtain if my signboard/ advertising sign is being displayed at a building premise?
  4. The following documents must accompany every application for a licence. The documents are required under Regulation 4(3)(e) of the Building Control (Outdoor Advertising) Regulations 2002. Your application will not be processed without the submission of the required documents.

    Premises in which the sign is displayed If applicant is a subsidiary proprietor owning a lot in the MCST (“Owner”) If applicant is a tenant of a lot in the MCST (“Tenant”)
    Any part of the premises within the MCST
    • A written consent from the MCST that they agree the sign(s) can be displayed on the property

    • All required documents and drawings endorsed clearly by the MCST and the Owner
    • A written consent from the:
      • MCST
      • Lot Owner
      • Landlord (if not, the Lot Owner) that they agree the sign(s) can be displayed on the property

    • All required documents and drawings endorsed clearly by the:
      • MCST
      • Lot Owner
      • Landlord (if not, the Lot Owner)
      • Tenant
    Premises in which the sign is displayed If applicant is the owner of a commercial unit (“Owner”) If applicant is the tenant of a commercial unit (“Tenant”)
    Commercial Units in Areas Managed by Town Council
    • A written consent from the Town Council that they agree the sign(s) can be displayed on the property

    • All required documents and drawings endorsed clearly by the Town Council and the Owner
    • A written consent from the:
      • Town Council
      • Commercial Unit Owner
      • Landlord(s) (if not, the Commercial Unit Owner) that they agree the sign can be displayed on the property

    • All required documents and drawings endorsed clearly by the
      • Town Council
      • Commercial Unit Owner

    • Landlord (if not, the Commercial Unit Owner)
      • Tenant
    Premises in which the sign is displayed If applicant is the owner of a property (“Owner”) If applicant is the tenant of a property (“Tenant”)
    All Other Types of Properties
    • A written consent from the:
      • Property Owner
      • Landlord (if not, the Property Owner) that they agree the sign can be displayed on the property

    • All required documents and drawings endorsed clearly by the
      • Property Owner
      • Landlord (if not, the Property Owner)
      • Tenant

  5. What are the required documents and drawings that I need to submit during the online consultation?
  6. You have to submit the following required documents and drawings during the online consultation:

    No. Required documents/ drawings (1,174KB, PDF) Why are the documents/ drawings necessary?
    1. Visuals of the proposed sign with position of the licence number To verify if the sign is an advertisement or a signboard.
    2. Elevation plan of the display location with dimensions of the proposed sign indicated To ensure there is no proliferation of the sign display that could mar the streetscape.
    3. Sectional view on the method of fixing and materials used for the proposed sign To ensure that the sign is structurally safe to be on display.
    4. Layout plan showing the relative position of the sign display to buildings, roads or other landmarks To ensure that the sign is appropriately displayed at the location, taking into consideration of the nearby developments and landmarks.
    5. Site plan showing the location of the lot on which the signage is to be erected/ exhibited To illustrate the exact position of the sign at the proposed display location.
    6. Declaration Form and photos of the premises showing all the other signboards Declaration by the applicant that his application qualifies for a one-time 5 square meters signboard exemption.

    All required documents and drawings have to be endorsed clearly by the applicant (the licensee), the building owner and/or landowner, Management Corporation, HDB and Town Council, where applicable. A copy of the land/building owner"s consent letter for the display of outdoor sign on the property is also required.

    Where applicable, clearance from relevant agencies has to be provided during the consultation before in-principle approval can be granted by BCA.

    For the display of signage on government lands, you may consult the relevant government land managing agencies for more details relating to their requirements; viz:

    1. Land Transport Authority
    2. Singapore Land Authority

  7. Do I need to obtain PE's Certification/ Temporary Building Permit for my sign?
    1. Professional Engineer's Certification

      You have to obtain the Professional Engineer's (PE) certification if your banner falls under one of the category below:

      1. Banners exceeding 10m2 and are displayed with bars or rods; or
      2. Banners exceeding 30m2.

      The following PE's certification (to be duly endorsed and shown on the structural drawings) is required:

      "I _______________________ hereby certify that the design and fixture of the banner is structurally safe."

      ___________________

      PE's Endorsement

    2. Temporary Building Permit

      You have to apply for a Temporary Building Permit (TBP) if your sign or sign structure falls under one of the category below:

      1. Advertising sign / signboard exceeding 10m2 that is supported by an advertising structure.
      2. Advertising structure exceeding 10m2 or where the uppermost part of the frame, panel, hoarding, object, support or other type of structure is 4 metres and above from the ground.

      For the submission of Temporary Building Permit, the Professional Engineer has to apply it through CORENET e-Submissions.

      The application form (BPD_BP09 form) can be found here.

      The validity period of the temporary building permit has to cover the entire duration of the sign display period.

      For instance,

      Sign Display Period Permit Validity Period Remarks
      1 January 2015 to 30 June 2015 1 January 2015 to 25 June 2015 Permit will be rejected during licence application
      1 January 2015 to 30 June 2015 1 January 2015 to 30 June 2015 Permit will be accepted during licence application

      Upon obtaining the temporary building permit for the sign, you are required to submit the following document in
      Advertisement Licensing System (ALS):

      1. The copy of the approved temporary building permit
      2. A cover letter with certification by the PE that the submitted drawings pertaining to the licence application are in compliance to the approved structural plan and the permit no. _________________.

  8. I have encountered system error during the application, what should I do?
  9. Please check if you are using the following system to access to the Advertisement Licensing System (ALS):

    • Google Chrome Version 35 and above (preferred)
    • Supported Operating System (any one)
    • Window XP (Professional, Service Pack 2)
    • Window 7 (32-bit, 64-bit)
    • Window 8 (32-bit, 64-bit)
    • Window Vista (32-bit, 64-bit)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer Browser Version 9.0 and above
    • Mozilla Firefox Version 29 and above

    The acceptable file formats for the documents are restricted to .doc, .jpg, .pdf, .txt and .zip.

    If you encounter system error during the new sign licence application, such as error in uploading of document, please contact our call centre at 1800-3425-222 and an officer will be appointed to assist you.

  10. How can I pay for the licence fee? Click here to calculate your licence fee!
  11. Type of Licence Basis of Chargeable Fee Rate Per Year
    Signboard Licence * Up to 15m2 $50 per licence
    Above 15m2 $20 per m2 or part thereof in excess of 5m2
    Advertisement Licence
    Directional Sign Licence
    Free Standing Signboard Licence
    Up to 1m2 ** $20 per sign
    Above 1m2 to 5m2 $90 per sign
    Above 5m2 to 10m2 $140 per sign
    Above 10m2 $20 per m2 or part thereof per sign
    Animated Billboard Licence Up to 10m2 $225 per sign
    Above 10m2 $30 per m2 or part thereof per sign
    Skysign Licence
    Balloon Sign Licence
    Display Area $40 per m2 or part thereof per sign

    1. e-Nets and Credit Card

      You can pay online through Advertisement Licensing System (ALS) by the payment due date.

    2. Cheque

      For cheque payment, it shall be made payable to "Building and Construction Authority". Please write your name, contact number and FA reference number (FA/----/----/--/--) on the reverse side of your cheque and mail it to BCA's office at 52 Jurong Gateway Road #11-01, Singapore 608550.

    3. Giro

      Giro payment is compulsory for auto-renewal of licences annually. Otherwise, licence will not be automatically renewed the following year and fresh application has to be made to obtain a new sign licence. The Giro application form can be downloaded here. Please post the completed original copy of the Giro application form to BCA within 1 month from the issuance of the licence. Please note that the Giro application will be subject to bank's approval and the deduction will only take place in the next renewal period after bank's approval. You will be notified via post on your Giro application status.