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  Application For Approval Of Structural Plans
 
   
 
Documents Required
Requirement From Accredited Checker
Requirement For A&A Works
Exemption From Accredited Checker's Certificate And Progress Reports
Processing And Approval Of Structural Plans

General
  If the building project also involves structural works, you need to obtain approval of the structural plans from the Building Engineering Division of Building and Construction Authority (BCA) before you can commence the structural works.

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

You should submit your application for approval of the 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 building works has not been granted by the Commissioner of Building Control.
   
   
Documents Required
 

A complete set of documents for approval of building structural plans comprises the following:

- Application Form BEV/A1 to be completed by the applicant (i.e. the owner or developer) and the qualified person appointed for structural works (hereunder referred to as the professional engineer).
- One paper set of detailed structural plans have to be signed by the professional engineer and the first and last sheets of the plans have to be endorsed by the professional engineer with a certificate as attached.
- One set of building plans (i.e. the architectural plans) for reference. All building plans have to be signed by the qualified person who prepares them.
- One set of the professional engineer's structural design calculations which has to be properly bounded into books with all the pages numbered consecutively. The professional engineer and the accredited checker will be required to split the calculations into two parts, "Part A" and "Part B", for all AC cases. The first and last pages of each book of design calculations have to be signed and endorsed by the professional engineer with a certificate as attached.
- Form BPD_BP03_Appendix 1 which shows the computation of plan fee to be completed by the professional engineer if any of the following circumstances is applicable:
 
a) the structural plans are submitted before the building plans;
b) a separate submission of building plans is not involved;
c) the submission is an amendment to an approved structural plan or;
d) the submission is for approval of piling works only.
- A copy of provisional or written permission granted by the URA, if applicable. Form BPD_BP05, which is an application for modification or waiver of building regulations is to be completed by the qualified person, where applicable.
 
   
   
Requirement From Accredited Checker
 

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

- Form BEV/A2, which is a certificate to be completed by the accredited checker;
- An evaluation report together with one set of the accredited checker's independent structural analysis and design check calculations, properly bounded into books with all the pages numbered consecutively. The first and last pages of each book of design calculations must be signed and endorsed by the accredited checker with a certificate as attached;
- All building structural plans submitted by the professional engineer have to be signed by the accredited checker. In addition, the first and last sheets of the plans have to be endorsed by the accredited checker with a certificate as attached;
 
   
   
Requirement For A&A Works
  In addition to the documents specified in item 2 above, an application involving any repairs, alterations or additions to an existing building must be accompanied by the following:
 
a) 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 attached; or
b) 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.
 
   
   
Exemption From Accredited Checker's Certificate And Progress Reports
 
PART I
 
1. Building works for or in connection with:-
 
a) detached houses, semi-detached houses, terraced or linked houses for residential purposes not exceeding 3 storeys;
b) detached substations, detached bin-centres, detached guard houses, single storey enclosures, sheds, huts and the like;
c) box culverts or canal crossings with spans not exceeding 5m; or
d) retaining walls not exceeding a height of 4m which are submitted separately from the main building plans.
2. Building works consisting of repairs, alterations or additions to an existing building which do not materially affect the key structural elements of the building.
   
PART II
 

Any building works for or in connection with:-

a) detached substations, detached bin-centres, detached guard houses, single storey enclosures, sheds, huts and the like;
b) box culverts or canal crossings with spans not exceeding 5m; or
c) retaining walls not exceeding a height of 4m which are submitted separately from the main building plans.
 
   
   
Processing And Approval Of Structural Plans
 

When specific requirements have to be complied with, the Commissioner of Building Control will write to the applicant, professional engineer and accredited checker (where applicable) in the form of a Written Direction. The applicant, professional engineer and accredited checker shall comply with the requirements within the time specified in the Written Direction, otherwise the plans may be disapproved.

Where necessary, the professional engineer and accredited checker may be called to discuss, present and clarify doubts on their design to the Commissioner of Building Control.

When the plans are approved, the Commissioner of Building Control will notify the applicant, professional engineer and accredited checker (where applicable) by way of a Notice of Approval. Any terms or conditions on which such approval has been granted will be shown on the plans.

When Written Directions have not been complied with within the time frame specified, the Commissioner of Building Control will disapprove the plans and notify the applicant, professional engineer and accredited checker through the Notice of Disapproval.

The general guide on the response time to applications for approval of structural plans is as follows:

S/No Types of submission Time taken to respond
1 Projects where an accredited checker's certificate is not required 7 days
2 Projects where an accredited checker's certificate is required 14 days

 

   
   
  Last updated on 12 September 2005
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