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  Exemption From Approval For Minor Building Works And Alterations To Residential Buildings
 
   
 

Under the provisions of the Building Control Act (Cap.29), certain building works and alterations to a building, which are considered as minor or of no structural significance or impact, do not require approval of plans or a permit for carrying out building works from the Commissioner of Building Control. A list of these minor building works is given in Part A of the Schedule below.

Whilst these minor building works and alterations may be exempted under the Building Control Act, some of the works may be subject to the control of other authorities. You are advised to consult or liaise directly with the relevant authorities listed in Part B of the Schedule before carrying out any of the minor building works.

Please note that all other building works which are not listed in Part A of the Schedule would require the building plans to be submitted to the BCA by a Qualified Person (architect or professional engineer ) for approval and also a permit from the BCA to carry out the building works.

The exemptions granted from time to time by the Commissioner of Building Control are part of the BCA's continuous effort to simplify procedures to serve you better.

If you need any clarification, please check with officers from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

The Schedule
 
Part A
 

List Of Minor Building Works And Alterations Which Do Not Require Approval Of Plans Of Building Works Or Permit To Carry Out Building Works From The Commisioner Of Building Control For Residential Building

1) Any retaining wall, or earth retaining structure, with a visible height of not more than 1000mm.
2) Any boundary wall, boundary fence or gate.
3) Any awning, window hood or cantilevered roof constructed of glazed or clay tiles, and having a horizontal projection not exceeding 1400mm.
4) Any awning, window hood or cantilevered roof constructed of lightweight material, and having a horizontal projection not exceeding 3000mm.
5) Any single storey trellis, pergola, shelter, gazebo and the like.
6) Any canal or drain not exceeding 1500mm in depth.
7) Any box culvert with a span not exceeding 5000mm and a depth not exceeding 1500mm.
8) Any pipe rack or support not exceeding 2000mm in height.
9) Any height restriction gantry.
10) Any concrete or brick vault used for housing underground tanks.
11) Any plinth, platform or other base with a visible height not exceeding 1000mm from the ground level and erected for the purpose of supporting any mechanical plant, tank, equipment, machinery or other components (other than a building).
12) The creation of any opening in a non-load bearing wall or the sealing up of any wall opening.
13) The demolition, restoration or reinstatement of any non-load bearing wall.
14) Replacement or changing of windows and doors.
15) Replacement of existing floor and wall finishes.
16) Replacement or changing of any false ceiling with lightweight material.
17) One to one replacement of timber roof and roof covering.
18) Erection or alteration of any partition or partition wall constructed of lightweight material.
19) Construction of any raised floor, or the topping up of balconies, and the like, with lightweight materials.
20) Erection of any single storey detached booth, kiosk, guardhouse, bin centre, and the like, not exceeding an area of 10 square metres.
21) Installation of any roller shutter or grilled door.
22) Erection of any single storey shed or hut not exceeding an area of 10 square metres for housing fuel tanks, mechanical or electrical equipment.
23) All air-conditioning works.
24) The enclosing of a balcony, yard or terrace with windows and glass panels in residential buildings.
25) Erection or alteration of any partition or partition wall in any detached, semi-detached, terrace or linked house.
26) Erection of any single storey lean-to extension with roof covering of glazed or clay tiles, or any lighter material, in any detached, semi-detached, terrace or linked house, subject to compliance with building set-back and area of coverage requirements under the Planning Act (Cap.232).

  "lightweight material" means -
a. any sheet or board material such as timber board, plywood, fibreboard, plasterboard, aluminium sheet, corrugated metal sheet or polycarbonate sheet;
b. any concrete product made with lightweight aggregates such as pumice, perlite, vermiculite; or
c. any hollow concrete block, hollow glass block, autoclaved aerated concrete block and the like;
   
  "non-load bearing wall" means a wall which supports no load other than its own weight; and
   
  "partition" means a temporary or easily removable vertical panel of lightweight construction for the subdivision of spaces within a building.
   
  "partition wall" means an internal wall used for the purpose of subdividing a storey of a building into sections and which supports no load other than its own weight.

   
Part B
  Before commencement of any of the minor building works listed out in Part A, please consult or liaise directly with the following authorities and comply with their requirements, wherever applicable:
 
a. Chief Planner
Development Control Division
Urban Redevelopment Authority
45 Maxwell Road
The URA Centre
Singapore 069118
   
b. Director
Fire Safety and Shelter Bureau
91 Ubi Avenue 4
Civil Defence Complex
Singapore 408827
   
c. Chief Engineer
Ministry of the Environment
Pollution Control Department
40 Scotts Road #12-00
Environment Building
Singapore 228231
   
   
  Footnote:
  For strata-subdivided buildings, the owner is advised to consult the Management Corporation before commencement of work.
   

 

   
   
  Last updated on 01 October 2004
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