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Building Works Exempted From TOP
Submission And Processing System

i) Request For Joint Site Inspection Under The Advance Booking System (ABS)
- For Reconstruction Of Landed Dwelling Houses
ii) Application For A Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP)
- For Reconstruction Of Landed Dwelling Houses
iii) Application For Certificate Of Statutory Completion (CSC)
- For Additions And Alterations To Landed Dwelling Houses
- For Additions And Alterations To Residential Units Of Strata-subdivided Residential Buildings
- For Reconstruction Of Landed Dwelling Houses

 

Introduction
  It is a statutory requirement under Section 21 of the Building Control Act that no building or part of a building where any building works have been carried out shall be occupied in any way unless the Commissioner of Building Control has issued a Certificate of Statutory Completion (CSC) or a Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) in respect of that building or that part of the building.

When the building works are completed, the Qualified Person (QP) on behalf of the applicant shall apply to the Commissioner of Building Control for a CSC or a TOP. The building can only be occupied after a CSC or a TOP is granted.
   
   
Building Works Exempted From Top
 

The following building works do not require a TOP for the occupation of the building:

a) internal additions or alterations where the existing building need not be vacated when building works are carried out;
b) structures not intended for human habitation.

Additions and alterations to landed houses and to residential units of strata-subdivided buildings, therefore do not require a TOP but a CSC. However, reconstruction to landed houses would require a TOP if a CSC could not be obtained in time for the occupation of the building.

 
   
   
Submission And Processing System
 

The approved building works must have been completed before the QP can apply for a CSC.
An application for TOP (in the case of reconstruction works) may be made if the completed works cannot meet all the requirements for CSC but is able to meet the prerequisites for the issuance of TOP. An application for a joint site inspection with BCA would be necessary before an application for TOP or for a direct CSC is made.

 

 
I) Request For Joint Site Inspection Under The Advance Booking System (ABS) - For Reconstruction Of Landed Dwelling Houses
  The QP shall apply for a site inspection date using the prescribed form "Request for Site Inspection Date under the Advance Booking System" (Form BPD_CSC09). The application shall be made in advance not less than 14 days and not more than 4 weeks from the proposed date of inspection. BCA will inform the QP by fax within 2 days of receipt of the request form the closest available date for the joint inspection. The QP shall reconfirm the inspection appointment by endorsing on the reply slip of the same letter within 7 days before the scheduled date of inspection. Otherwise, the proposed inspection date is deemed cancelled and the QP will have to lodge in a fresh request form for a new appointment date.

When the QP reconfirms his acceptance of the inspection date, he shall also submit to BCA the following certificates and documents:

- Form BPD_CSC02: Certificate of Supervision of Building Works
- Form BPD_CSC03: Certificate of Supervision of Lightning Protection System
- Form BPD_CSC04: Certificate of Supervision for Installation of Lift and Escalator (if applicable)
- Form BPD_CSC05: Certificate of Supervision of Mechanical Ventilation/Air-conditioning System (if applicable)
- Form BPD_CSC07: Declaration by Qualified Person for the Application of TOP/CSC for Building works
- Form BPD_CSC09: Request for Site Inspection Date under the Advance Booking System
- Form BC/BC: Builder's Certificate of Completion of Building Works
- Form BEV/C2: Certificate of Supervision of Structural Works
- Form BEV/C3: Submission Certificate of As-Built Structural Plans/Calculations

The following documents are to be submitted when requested for:

- A copy of URA's Notice of Grant of Written Permission (WP)
- BCA's approved building plans or URA's approved plans
- A set of 'as-built' plans if there are deviations from the approved building plans
- Other documents as and when requested by BCA
 
   
 
II) Application For A Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP)
- For Reconstruction Of Landed Dwelling Houses
 

   
A) Submission And Processing Procedure
  BCA will issue a written advice to the QP on the non-compliance of the building regulations and other requirements after the joint site inspection. The QP may, after having complied with the requirements, make an application for CSC to BCA. If the full requirements for CSC cannot be met (e.g. not all the CSC clearances from the technical agencies have been issued for the completed works), he may instead submit an application for TOP if the prerequisites for TOP are met. BCA will issue the TOP within 7 days from the date of application if the submission is found to be in order. Otherwise, the application will be suspended and a suspension letter stipulating the non-compliance will be issued to the QP, with a copy to the applicant. The QP may request for his application to be reactivated upon compliance of the outstanding requirements for further consideration of TOP.
   
B) Prerequistes For TOP
  BCA will consider the issuance of TOP to the completed building works after successful site inspection and the submission of the following documents:
- Form BPD_CSC01: Application for TOP/CSC
- Form BPD_CSC07: Declaration by Qualified Person for the Application of TOP/CSC for Building works
- A copy of site plan drawn to the scale of 1:200 to 1:1000 with the boundary lines and outlines of the building edged in red
- Compliance of BCA's written advice issued after site inspection
- Any outstanding building plan clearances from the relevant technical agencies not submitted earlier at building plan approval stage
- Clearances from the relevant technical agencies:
Clearance for TOP/CSC from the Central Building Plan Unit (CBPU), National Environment Agency (NEA)
Temporary Fire Permit (TFP)/Fire Safety Certificate (FSC) from the Fire Safety and Shelter Bureau (FSSB), if applicable
Clearance for TOP/CSC from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for conservation projects
- QP's declaration to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) or/and Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA), Ministry of Defence, if there is height control requirement specified in the planning conditions of the Written Permission (WP) from URA
- Notice of Acceptance of Commissioning for project household shelter from the Civil Defence Shelter Engineering Department, BCA for household/storey shelter in residential development, if applicable
- Compliance confirmation of requirements specified in the planning conditions of the WP from URA (e.g. control height of AMSL, plastering of party wall, etc.)
- All relevant certificates of supervision listed in the explanatory notes of the "Request for Site Inspection Date under the Advance Booking System" (Form BPD_CSC09)
   
  The TOP is issued with a written direction (WD) that stipulates the requirements for CSC to be obtained within 12 months from the date of TOP.

 
   
 
III) Application For Certificate Of Statutory Completion (CSC)
- For Additions And Alterations To Landed Dwelling Houses
- For Additions And Alterations To Residential Units Of Strata-subdivided Residential Buildings
- For Reconstruction Of Landed Dwelling Houses
 

   
A) Submission And Processing Procedure
  Upon compliance of the written direction issued with the TOP (in the case of reconstruction of landed houses), the QP may then apply for a CSC. The QP may also apply for a direct CSC without having to apply for a TOP if all the requirements for CSC can be complied with before the building is occupied. BCA will issue the CSC within 7 days from the date of application if the submission is found to be in order, or from the date of full compliance of the outstanding requirements if the CSC application had been suspended earlier. An application for CSC will be rejected if an amendment building plans as required earlier has not been submitted for approval.
   
B) Requirements For CSC
  The requirements for CSC are as follows:
- Form BPD_CSC01: Application for TOP/CSC
- Form BPD_CSC07: Declaration by Qualified Person for the Application of TOP/CSC for Building works
- A copy of site plan drawn to the scale of 1:200 to 1:1000 with the boundary lines and outlines of the building edged in red
- Compliance with the requirements listed in the Schedule of the written direction issued with the TOP
- Any outstanding building plan clearances from the relevant technical agencies not submitted earlier at building plan approval stage including all amendments to the main building plan
- Clearances from the relevant technical agencies:
Clearance for CSC from the Central Building Plan Unit (CBPU), Pollution Control Department, National Environment Agency (NEA)
Fire Safety Certificate (FSC) from the Fire Safety and Shelter Bureau (FSSB), if applicable
Clearance for CSC from the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for conservation projects
Clearance for CSC from the Land Transport Authority (LTA-Roads & Transport), if applicable
Clearance for CSC from the Land Transport Authority (LTA-Vehicle Parking), if applicable
Clearance for CSC from the Land Transport Authority (LTA-Rail), if applicable
Clearance for CSC from the National Parks Board (NParks), if applicable
Clearance for CSC from URA's Project Services Division for foreshore works under Foreshore Act, if applicable
Clearance from Preservation of Monument Board (PMB) for preserved buildings
- QP's declaration to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) or/and Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA), Ministry of Defence, if there is height control requirement specified in the planning conditions of the Written Permission (WP) from URA
- Notice of Acceptance of Commissioning for project household shelter from the Civil Defence Shelter Engineering Department, BCA for household/storey shelter in residential development, if applicable
- Compliance confirmation of requirements specified in the planning conditions of the WP from URA (e.g. control height of AMSL, plastering of party wall, etc.)
- All relevant certificates of supervision

Documents and clearances for CSC, which have been submitted at TOP stage need not be submitted again at CSC stage.

 
   
   
  Last updated on 28 September 2006
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