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BUILDING CONTROL ACT

(CHAPTER 29, SECTION 49)

BUILDING CONTROL (TEMPORARY BUILDINGS) REGULATIONS

History
G.N. NO.
S 153/89
->
1990REVISED EDITION
RG 9
->
2000REVISED EDITION
RG 5

[1st May 1989]

  Arrangement of Provisions

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1 Citation
2 Application
3 Erection and occupation of temporary buildings
4 Permit
5 Lapsing of permit
6 Requirements in respect of special temporary buildings
7 Requirements in respect of temporary buildings
8 Requirements in respect of workers’ quarters
9 Protective hoardings, scaffolding, etc.
10 Revocation of permit
11 Refund of fees
12 Demolition of temporary building
13 General penalty

FIRST SCHEDULE
TEMPORARY BUILDINGS TO WHICH THESE REGULATIONS DO NOT APPLY

SECOND SCHEDULE

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BUILDING CONTROL ACT

(CHAPTER 29, SECTION 49)

BUILDING CONTROL (TEMPORARY BUILDINGS) REGULATIONS

[1st May 1989]

Citation
1. These Regulations may be cited as the Building Control (Temporary Buildings) Regulations.

Application
2. These Regulations shall apply to any temporary building except for a temporary building specified in the First Schedule.

Erection and occupation of temporary buildings
3. —(1) No person shall —

(a) erect, or cause or permit to be erected, any temporary building to which these Regulations apply without a permit granted under regulation 4; or

(b) occupy, cause to be occupied or permit the occupation of any such temporary building which he knows or ought reasonably to know is erected in contravention of sub-paragraph (a).

(2) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the following temporary buildings:

(a) any worker’s quarters, site office, store, builder’s shed or other shed required in connection with any building works relating to permanent buildings; and

(b) any show-flat or show-house.

(3) Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with paragraph (1) shall be guilty of an offence.

Permit
4. —(1) An application for a permit to erect a temporary building to which these Regulations apply shall —

(a) be in the form set out in the Second Schedule; and

(b) be accompanied by —

(i) a fee of $10 for every month the proposed temporary building is required;

(ii) where applicable, a copy of the written permission issued by the competent authority under the Planning Act (Cap. 232) together with a set of plans approved by that authority;

(iii) 2 sets of the plans of the proposed temporary building comprising a key or location plan, a site plan, floor plan and other relevant details;

(iv) where applicable, one set of structural details and calculations prepared and signed by a professional engineer; and

(v) such other documents, particulars or information as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.

(2) An application for a permit to erect a temporary building —

(a) which is intended for occupation; or

(b) the erection of which may affect the safety of the public,

shall be furnished on behalf of the applicant by a professional engineer engaged by the applicant under regulation 6.

(3) The Commissioner of Building Control may grant a permit subject to such conditions as he may consider necessary.

(4) A permit granted under this regulation shall be valid for the period specified therein for which the temporary building may exist.

Lapsing of permit
5. A permit granted under regulation 4 in respect of any temporary building shall automatically lapse where any written permission granted by the competent authority under the Planning Act (Cap. 232) in respect of the temporary building lapses.

Requirements in respect of special temporary buildings
6. —(1) An applicant for a permit to erect a temporary building —

(a) which is intended for occupation; or

(b) the erection of which may affect the safety of the public,

shall engage a professional engineer to design, supervise and inspect the erection of the temporary building.

(2) The professional engineer engaged by the applicant under paragraph (1) shall —

(a) take all reasonable steps and exercise due diligence in supervising and inspecting the erection of the temporary building to ensure that the building works are carried out in accordance with —

(i) these Regulations;

(ii) the plans and structural details approved by the Commissioner of Building Control; and

(iii) any term or condition imposed by the Commissioner of Building Control;

(b) on completion of the temporary building, submit immediately to the Commissioner of Building Control a certificate of supervision in such form as the Commissioner of Building Control may require; and

(c) notify the Commissioner of Building Control of any contravention of the provisions of the Act or the building regulations in connection with the temporary building.

(3) Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with the requirements of paragraph (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence.

Requirements in respect of temporary buildings
7. —(1) A builder who intends to erect any worker’s quarters, site office, store, builder’s shed or other similar type of temporary building comprising 2 storeys or more and required in connection with any building works relating to permanent buildings shall engage a professional engineer to design and supervise the erection of the temporary building.

(2) An owner who intends to erect any show-flat or show-house comprising 2 storeys or more shall engage a professional engineer to design and supervise the erection of the show-flat or show-house.

(3) On completion of the temporary building, the professional engineer engaged under paragraph (1) or (2) shall furnish the builder or the owner, as the case may be, with all the plans, designs and calculations of the building together with a certificate of inspection and completion in such form as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.

(4) The builder or the owner, as the case may be, shall not permit any of the temporary buildings referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2) to be occupied unless paragraph (3) has been complied with.

(5) The builder or the owner shall —

(a) at all times maintain records of the documents referred to in paragraph (3) at the site of such temporary buildings;

(b) produce the records referred to in sub-paragraph (a) for inspection when required to do so by the Commissioner of Building Control; and

(c) forthwith demolish such building on completion of the permanent building or building works in connection with which such building was erected or at any time required by the Commissioner of Building Control.

(6) Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with this regulation shall be guilty of an offence.

Requirements in respect of workers’ quarters
8. —(1) The person who erects, causes or permits the erection of the workers’ quarters required in connection with any building works relating to permanent buildings shall ensure that the workers’ quarters comply with the following:

(a) the height of each storey shall not be less than 2,600 mm;

(b) every room shall be provided with windows or openings having an aggregate area of not less than 10% of the floor area of the room for natural ventilation;

(c) the clear width of any staircase shall be not less than 1,200 mm; and

(d) proper lightning conductors shall be installed.

(2) An owner who intends to erect any show-flat or show-house shall ensure that it is —

(a) completely separated from the construction site by means of robust hoardings or fencing and safety netting to ensure public safety; and

(b) installed with proper lightning conductors.

(3) Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with paragraph (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence.

Protective hoardings, scaffolding, etc.
9. All protective hoardings, catch platforms, fences and other temporary structures erected for the safety and convenience of persons in any public place or on any public road shall —

(a) be painted in white or other light colour;

(b) be provided with proper and illuminated paths or footways for the use of such persons; and

(c) between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. be illuminated with such warning signs and warning lights as may be approved by the Commissioner of Building Control.

Revocation of permit
10. The Commissioner of Building Control may, by notice in writing, revoke any permit granted under regulation 4 in respect of any temporary building if the person to whom the permit is granted —

(a) fails to comply with regulation 9;

(b) erects, or causes or permits the erection of, the temporary building other than in accordance with the plans in respect thereof approved by the Commissioner of Building Control;

(c) fails to comply any of the conditions of the permit; or

(d) fails to maintain the temporary building in a satisfactory manner.

Refund of fees
11. Where a permit granted under regulation 4 in respect of any temporary building has lapsed, or has been revoked under regulation 10 or has not been utilised, there shall be no refund of any fees paid to the Commissioner of Building Control in respect thereof.

Demolition of temporary building
12. —(1) Where a permit granted under regulation 4 in respect of any temporary building has lapsed or expired, or has been revoked under regulation 10, the person to whom the permit was granted shall forthwith demolish the temporary building.

(2) Any person who fails to comply with paragraph (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to both.

General penalty
13. Any person who is guilty of an offence under these Regulations for which no penalty is expressly provided shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.

FIRST SCHEDULE

Regulation 2

TEMPORARY BUILDINGS TO WHICH THESE REGULATIONS DO NOT APPLY

(1) A shed or a stage for or in connection with the holding of any wedding, entertainment, funeral or religious ceremony, not exceeding 7 days in duration.

(2) A stall or shed situated in any open space and required for or in connection with a trade fair, fun fair or other exhibition, not exceeding 35 days in duration.

(3) A hoarding or frame less than 4 metres in height used for the display of signboards during celebrations of a national event and required for a period not exceeding 35 days in duration.

(4) A protective hoarding or catch platform required for or in connection with any building works but not erected on a street or footway.

SECOND SCHEDULE

Regulation 4

BUILDING CONTROL ACT
(CHAPTER 29)


BUILDING CONTROL (TEMPORARY BUILDINGS)
REGULATIONS

APPLICATION FOR PERMIT
TO ERECT TEMPORARY BUILDING

To the Commissioner of Building Control,

In accordance with regulation 4 of the Building Control (Temporary Buildings) Regulations, I/we hereby make application for permission to erect a temporary building at (No. and name of street) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________on (Lot No.) __________________ in the position indicated on the accompanying plans.

(a) Name and address of applicant.

(b) Description of intended use.

(c) Estimated time for which proposed temporary building will be required.

I/We hereby submit —

(i) a fee of $____________ (Dollars ); ________________________________________

(ii) 3 sets of plans of the proposed temporary building; and

(iii) a true copy of the written permission granted by the competent authority under the Planning Act (Chapter 232).
     
     
Date: ___________________  
_____________________________________
   
Name and Signature of applicant.

[G.N. Nos. S 153/89; S439/93;S481/95;S 340/96]

  

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