Household Shelter

Household Shelter (Information extracted from Building & Construction Authority (BCA) & Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) ) The Household Shelter (HS) in a dwelling unit is typically the store cum pantry with its walls, floor and ceiling strengthened with increased thickness. The walls are set back by specified distances from the building exterior and the entrance to the HS is installed with an SCDF-approved light protective steel door. The HS gives protection to the shelterees…

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Plot Size

Plot Size The minimum plot dimensions and plot sizes for all types of landed (land title) housing development are as follows: Housing Form Plot Width Plot Depth Plot Size Good Class Bungalow 18.5m 30m 1400m2 Other Bungalow 10m Nil 400m2 Semi-Detached House (Including Corner Terrace I) 8m Nil 200m2 Back-to-Back Semi-Detached House 10m Nil 200m2 Terrace House I (Intermediate Units) 6m Nil 150m2 Terrace House II (Corner Units) 8m Nil 80m2 Terrace House…

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Change in Housing Form

Change in Housing Form Redevelopment of Semi-Detached House or Terrace House With the relaxation of plot sizes for bungalows and semi-detached houses in 1991. The planning authority has received planning applications for redevelopment of existing semi-detached and terrace houses into more units or other housing forms. To optimise land use, these redevelopments are generally allowed if they can satisfy the planning guidelines. House owners making the change are advised to inform their immediate…

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Setback Control

Setback Control Building Front Rear Side (Columns & Walls) 1st Storey Terrace II 2m (Fixed) 2m 2m Others4 Road Buffer 2m 2m GCBA Road Buffer 3m 3m 2nd Storey Terrace II 2m (Fixed) 2m 2m Others4 Road Buffer 2m 2m GCBA Road Buffer 3m 3m 3rd Storey Terrace II 2m (Fixed) 2m 2m Others Road buffer 3m 3m Roof Eaves Terrace II 1m 1m 1m Others4 Green Buffer 1m 1m GCBA Green Buffer 1.6m 1.6m Others: Include Terrace I,…

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Access Point Control

Access Point Control All vehicular access for new landed housing developments, especially terrace and semi-detached houses, should be paired-up, where possible i.e. two access points located side-by-side with each other. This is to secure a sufficiently wide strip of land (at least 6m) between 2 pairs of access points to facilitate roadside planting and provide some space for kerbside parking within landed housing estate. The 6m length is the current minimum requirement of NParks to enable…

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Tree Conservation Areas

Tree Conservation Areas There are the two gazette geographical areas in central and eastern Singapore designated by the government or safeguard mature trees against unnecessary felling. Central Tree Conversation Area Bounded by Pan Island Expressway, Clementi Road, Pasir Panjang Road, Telok Blangah Road, Kampong Bahru Road, Lower Delta Road, River Valley Road, Clemenceau Avenue, Fort Canning Road, Orchard Road, Prinsep Street, Selegie Road, Dunearn Road, Whitley Road, Mount Pleasant Road,…

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Usage of Carporch Roof

Usage of Carporch Roof With effect from 17 Nov 2014 Car porches in landed houses can be located within the front building setback area as single storey, unenclosed structures that will not add excessive building bulk to the streetscape. Their primary purpose is to provide shelter for residents’ vehicles. However, existing guidelines only allow the roofs of these car porches to be accessible for maintenance purposes. To provide home owners the opportunity to enjoy more outdoor space and…

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Good Class Bungalow Areas

Good Class Bungalow Areas There are 39 GCBAs comprising prime residential land safeguarded for good class bungalows. These bungalows have a minimum plot size of 1400m², site coverage control of 35% and their own setback requirements which are different from other smaller bungalow developments.   The following are Good Class Bungalow Areas (GCBA) # Belmont Park Gallop Road/ Woollerton Park Bin Tong Park Garlick Avenue Binjai Park Holland Park Brizay Park Holland…

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Types of Landed Housing – Intermediate Terrace

Intermediate Terrace A terrace house is a house on a lot which forms part of a row of at least 3 dwelling houses abutting the common boundaries with party walls. The width of the terrace plot may vary but it should not be less than 6m wide for the intermediate units and 8m for the corner units. There are 2 types of terrace houses; namely, terrace house I & terrace house II. For terrace house I, front setback from the road is based on buffer requirement (see Figure 3). For the terrace II,…

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Types of Landed Housing – Semi-Detached House

Semi-Detached House A semi-detached house is a dwelling house: (a) partially attached on one side to any number of other units. This includes a semi-detached bungalow house; semi-detached terrace house (also known as corner terrace); back-to-back semi-detached house. (b) abutting the common boundary as a result of the adjoining unit being demolished or redeveloped into other housing form.   *Landed housing under the Envelope Control guidelines will be subject to 2m rear and side…

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Types of Landed Housing – Detached House

Detached House/Bungalow A detached house or bungalow is a free standing dwelling unit within a plot of land. The plot can vary in size. For plots outside the good class bungalow areas (GCBA), they should have a minimum plot size of not less than 400m² unless the existing lots are already subdivided with a land area less than this. The bungalow plots in the GCBA should have a minimum development size of 1400m². All bungalow plots are subject to a maximum site coverage control of 35%, 40% or…

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Types of Redevelopment

Types of Redevelopments Addition and Alteration A&A works involve minor works to an existing landed house as follow to certain factors: Addition of Gross Floor Area does not exceed 50% of the existing approved gross floor area of the existing landed dwelling house. Less than 50% of the existing external walls of the existing buildings are to be removed and / or replaced with new walls (excluding replacement of doors and windows). Structural changes to existing floor area such as replacing…

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Zoning Control

Zoning Control Well established existing landed housing estates in Singapore are already safeguarded to protect the character of these private housing estates – see Figure below (Details on the safeguarded landed housing areas can be found in “The Designated Landed Housing Area Plan” which is available for browsing at the URA Customer Service Centre). The existing safeguarded landed housing estates comprise: (a) Good Class Bungalow Areas; (safeguarded since 1980 and only 2 storey…

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Envelope Control

Envelope Control The Envelope Control guideline will provide developers and homeowner more flexibility in the design of landed housing while safeguarding the low-rise character of landed housing estates. The guideline adopts a volumetric approach which serves as a three dimensional limit within which housing can be designed. It is determined by a combination of setbacks from the road and common plot boundaries, as well as the allowable height for the house. Figure A show the allowable height…

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Definition of Attic

Attic Attic is an incidental space under the sloping roof. It is not an additional storey. An attic space  should satisfy the following conditions*: (a) The floor to roof height of the attic space must not exceed 5m at any point, including proposals with staggered springing lines (The springing line is where the sloping roof meets the vertical wall); (b) The floor of the attic shall be level with the springing line, and at least one side of the sloping roof must rest on the springing line. As…

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