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Application For A Permit To Erect Temporary Building

What is a Temporary Building?

Definition of Temporary Buildings Examples
(a) any building or structure not more than 2 storeys high constructed of short-lived materials; Gantry, Tentage, Free-Standing Frame/Panel/Hoarding/Board, Pop-up Stores, Festive Decorations such as Christmas Tree, Entrance Arch.
The above is applicable in indoor and outdoor settings.
(b) any building or structure not more than 2 storeys high permitted to be used by the competent authority or Commissioner of Building Control for a period not exceeding 36 months, or such other period as may be prescribed (if prescribed) in the building regulations; Shed, Offices, Container, Racking Platform
Temporary Indoor LED Screens, Temporary Indoor Advertisement Structures and their Supports
(c) any building used as workers’ quarters, a site office, a show-flat or show-house, a builder’s shed, store or other shed required in connection with any building works for a permanent building; or Workers’ Quarters, Site Office, Show-Flat or Show-House, Builder’s Shed, Store or Other Shed within or outside a construction site
(d) any structure used only for the outdoor display of an advertisement or signboard. Outdoor Signs and Advertisement, and their Supporting Structures

Applying for a Permit to Use for a Temporary Building

  1. The applicant, i.e. the owner of the proposed temporary building is required to apply for a temporary building permit to first construct the temporary building and to use it from the Commissioner of Building Control (“CBC”) via a two-stage process specified in paragraph (b) below unless the building or structure is specified under the Building Control (Temporary Buildings) Regulations 2018.
    The owner must engage a professional civil or structural engineer to design, supervise, inspect the erection of the temporary building and submit the application for Permit to Use via CORENET e-Submissions. The application must reach BCA 3 weeks before the construction of the temporary building.

  2. A two-stage process consists of:

    1. First Stage - Preliminary Approval

      The owner of the proposed temporary building, makes the permit application and submits the building plans for preliminary approval. Upon obtaining the preliminary approval granted by the CBC, the owner can then proceed with construction.

    2. Second Stage – Permit To Use (PTU)

      When the building has been constructed, the owner is required to submit to BCA the following documents before a PTU can be granted:

      • the professional engineer’s certificate of supervision for the building works for the temporary building (Form BPD_CSC06) and
      • if applicable, the professional electrical engineer’s certificate of supervision in respect of the installation of the lightning protection system (Form BPD_CSC03)

      Only when the PTU is granted would the temporary building be allowed for use.


CORENET e-submission Requirements

Documents to be submitted for an application of a PTU –

  1. Where applicable, a copy of the written permission issued by the competent authority under the Planning Act (Cap. 232), i.e. the Urban Redevelopment Authority in respect of the proposed temporary building;
  2. A notification, signed by the temporary building owner, of the engagement of a professional engineer;
  3. A location plan indicating the location of the temporary building;
  4. Plans and Design of the individual structures for submission signed by the applicant and the Professional Engineer (PE) where applicable, with the standard temporary building endorsement by PE on the plan;
  5. Design / Structural Calculations (PE Assessment);
  6. Where the temporary building owner is not the owner of the premises on which the temporary building will be erected, written consent of the owner of the premises for the application to be made. Example: A is a tenant who wants to erect a temporary building, he will be Owner of the temporary building, he will need to seek the permission from B who is the owner of the premises where this temporary building will be erected.

Processing Fees

For the application of a PTU, a processing fee as below will be collected

  1. $200 for every 100 m2, or part thereof, of the statistical gross floor area of all the temporary buildings in the application; or
  2. $200 for each temporary building in an application if all the temporary buildings in the application have no measurable statistical gross floor area; The submission and processing requirements are set out in the Building Control (Temporary Buildings) Regulations 2018

Technical Departments

The following are the relevant technical departments that may have to be consulted, where applicable, before the temporary building is erected.

  • Public Utilities Board (PUB), Pollution Control Department of National Environment Agency
  • Fire Safety & Shelter Department (FSSD)
  • Land Transport Authority, Road & Transport (LTA-R&T)
  • Land Transport Authority, Vehicle Parking (LTA-VP)
  • National Parks Board (NParks)
  • Conservation & Urban Design Division, Urban Redevelopment Authority (CUDD, URA)

Roles of Parties

  1. Owner of the Temporary Building

    The owner must engage a professional civil or structural engineer to design, supervise, inspect the erection of the temporary building and submit the application for Permit to Use via CORENET e-Submissions. He will be responsible for the safety of the temporary building/ structure. Upon expiry of the validity of the temporary building permit, the owner is also responsible to demolish the temporary building or structure.

  2. Professional Engineer and Builder

    Professional Engineer Builder
    (a) Ensuring that the design of the temporary building complies with the design requirements set out in the Second Schedule to the New Regulations (a) Carrying out works in accordance with the approved plans and conditions for approval by the Commissioner of Building Control
    (b) Carrying out supervision of the building works for the temporary building (b) Ensuring that a professional engineer in the branch of electrical engineering designs and supervises the installation of a lightning protection system for the temporary building
    (c) Maintaining records of the construction materials used, and ensure that these materials conform to standards mentioned in the New Regulations through inspections and tests (c) Submitting to the owner of the temporary building no later than 7 days after completing the building works, the electrical professional engineer’s certificate in supervision for the installation of any lightning protection system for the temporary building
    (d) Ensuring that construction tests are carried out in accordance to Third Schedule of the New Regulations if the building works for the temporary building involve the use of concrete, steel reinforcements, structural steel or welding
    (e) Submitting to owner of the temporary building, the certificate of supervision for the building works for the temporary building no later than 7 days after the completion of the building works

Demolition of Temporary Buildings

Upon expiry of the permit, the building shall be demolished and removed from the site, and BCA should be notified.