Renovation Guide

Fo r Yo ur H DB F la t
H OU S I N G & DE V E L OP M E N T B O AR D

Foreword
Greetings.
Y are the proud owner of an HDB ou home. You probably feel excited about doing up your home and coming up with plans to go about it. You want to make your home comfortable for your loved one and, at the same time, add that distinctive touch to impress your friends. But you may be wondering how to renovate it. To help you do just this, HDB has come up with two booklets on “Renovation Guide For Your HDB Flat” and “Electrical Guide For Your HDB Flat”. These booklets contain all the conditions and guidelines for doing building/sanitary work and electrical work/installation of air-conditioners in your HDB home. Do take the time to read through these booklets before deciding on your renovation plans. We wish you and your family a happy stay in your HDB home.

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General Information

What You Need To Do
Engaging a Registered Renovation Contractor
Y are required to engage an HDB registered renovation contractor to ou renovate your flat for works including those that do not require a renovation permit. For window works, you would need to engage a BCA approved window contractor listed with HDB to carry out the works. To check if your contractor has registered with HDB, or if he is a BCA approved window contractor listed with HDB, you can refer to the List of Registered Renovation Contractors and List of BCA Approved Window Contractor listed with HDB in HDB InfoWEB. Alternatively, you can call our toll-free Branch Office Service Line at 1800-2255432 or via Short Message Service ( SMS ) to 90112222 as shown below:
Enquiry by contractor’s company registration number
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Enter keyword <RRC> with a space after that and enter the registration number. RRC_<HB-xx-xxxxx> Eg. RRC HB-08-9999B

Enquiry by contractor’s company name
Step 1
Enter keyword <RRC> with a space after that and enter the company name RRC_<company name> Eg. RRC ABC Renovation Contractor

Step 2
Send SMS message to Tel No. 90112222 RRC HB-08-9999B

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Send SMS message to Tel No. 90112222 RRC ABC Renovation Contractor

Step 3
If detail is found, you will receive the following message <registration number> + <company name> is a HDB Registered Renovation Contractor. Eg. HB-08-9999B ABC Renovation Contractor is a HDB Registered Renovation Contractor.

Step 3
If detail is found, you will receive the following message <company name> is a HDB Registered Renovation Contractor. Eg. ABC Renovation Contractor is a HDB Registered Renovation Contractor.

*For water pipe services, you will need to engage a Public Utilities Board (PUB) Water Department’s licensed water service plumber. For gas service works, you will need to engage an Energy Market Authority’s (EMA) licensed gas service worker. As for sanitary works, you are encouraged to engage a Singapore Plumbing Society’s (SPS) registered plumber.

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Obtaining Approval from HDB Applying for a Renovation Permit
Certain types of renovation work require a permit from HDB (please refer to the guidelines for building and sanitary work for examples on the common renovation works which require a permit). If so, you can commence your renovation work only after obtaining the permit. For renovation items, which do not require a permit, you are required to comply with the guidelines/conditions governing the items as set out in the guidelines for building and sanitary works in HDB flats. If the works do not comply with the guidelines/conditions stated, such works shall be treated as unauthorised works. You will be required to remove the unauthorised works and reinstate your premises to its original condition or in accordance with the guidelines/conditions stated. If renovation works are allowed to be retained, you would need to pay an adminstrative fee to retain such works. Depending on the nature of the works and whether the contractors are registered with HDB, the adminstrative fee ranges from $100 to $600. You have to authorise your registered renovation contractors to submit your renovation application on your behalf. Your registered renovation contractor will need to submit the application electronically. If the renovation works involves the removal or repositioning of fittings, demolition or construction of walls, the scanning of layout plans, elevation, sections or details of the proposed work may be required. The floor plan can be purchased via HDB InfoWEB using the “Purchase of Residential Floor Plan” e-Service or from the “Sale of Architectural Plan” counter at 3rd Storey Atrium (next to payment counter), HDB Hub 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh Singapore 310480, or using the self service kiosk at any HDB Branch Office.

Engagement of Qualified Person (QP)
For some renovation works that require the engagement of a QP, you can engage one via the Professional Engineers (PE) Board Web site at www.peb.gov.sg under the heading "Directory of Professional Engineer".
Note: (a) In the event that electronic submission of the application is not available, your registered renovation contractor will have to download the application form and submit the application to the HDB Branch Office managing your flat. (b) HDB does not charge any fee for the processing of the permit. The renovation permit will be issued free to the flat owner, for your own record.

Charges for Haulage and Removal Services
Some Town Councils provide haulage and debris removal services for renovation work. You need to pay for these services before you commence your renovation works. You can arrange with your registered renovation contractor to make payment to the Town Council. The charges imposed by different Town Councils vary. You are advised to check with your Town Council or HDB Branch Office on the charges imposed by your Town Council.
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From 1 April 2005. the 3-year restriction period will commence from the completion date of the block. Flat owners may however lay new toilet floor finishes over the existing floor finishes using adhesives.3 . a waterproofing membrane has been laid on the cement screed before laying the floor tiles.Years Restriction Period on Removal of Toilet Floor and Wall Tiles Provided by HDB The toilets in your flat come with wall and floor tiles. flat owners are not allowed to replace the toilet floor and wall tiles provided by HDB for a period of 3 years. 6 . Previously. Hence. this 3-year restriction period commenced from the date of key collection. This relaxation will allow flat owners greater flexibility to blend in their renovation works with the interior decor of their flats. This is to prevent water from leaking through the ceiling of the flat immediately below your flat. As the toilets are designed to be wet areas.

Guidelines for common building work 7 Building Work .

• Existing risers and treads finishes or cement screed must be removed. No Removal of toilet floor tiles is not allowed during first three years upon completion of block. Please note that replacement of floor finishes will still need prior approval from HDB as such removal of tiles involve hacking works and generate noise. • The lessee is responsible for the stability and safety of the proposed work. homogeneous. marble. • Total thickness of treads finishes including cement screed must not exceed 50mm. • Usage of cement screed. • Removal of existing toilet floor tiles after first three years • Laying of tiles over existing floor tiles using adhesive only Yes No • Laying of floor tiles to risers and treads of steps at recess entrance and internal surface of parapet of the steps. 8 . the existing layer of floor tiles is not the second layer) before proceeding to lay the additional layer of floor tiles. • The lessee is responsible to ensure that there is only 1 layer of existing floor finishes including cement screed (ie. • To use the prepack mortar/waterproof screed and waterproofing membrane for wet areas such as bathroom/toilets before laying of new floor tiles. • Hacking/removal of existing floor finishes. parquet/timber flooring or other tiles Need Permit? No Yes Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions • Total thickness of tiles and screed must not exceed 50 mm. • The thickness of the floor tiles inclusive of the adhesive must not exceed 13mm. kerbs and pipes. • Floor finishes must be laid on bare (rough) concrete surface provided by HDB. • Laying/replacement of parquet/timber flooring (also known as laminated or bamboo flooring) No No (a) For Flats with Floor Finishes The laying of flooring over existing finishes does not involve the following: • Raising the floor as a platform. • Total thickness of floor finishes and screed must not exceed 50mm.Types of Common Building Work 1 Floor Finishes • Laying of vinyl tile/carpet/linoleum • Replacement of ceramic. There must not have an existing cement screed originally provided by HDB. Membrane should be upturned (up to 150 mm) against the walls. terrazzo. • Laying of floor finishes on bare (rough) concrete surface provided by HDB. (b) For Flats without Floor Finishes The maximum thickness inclusive of cement screed must not exceed 50mm.

upturned railing must be provided internally to achieve this required height.6m measured from finished platform to underside of ceiling.Types of Common Building Work Need Permit? Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions • Total thickness of risers finishes including cement screed must not exceed 25mm. • The void between timber joists beneath platform must not be sealed up with cement/other materials. • Topping of kitchen floor to level with living room using extruded polystyrene foam (EPF) No • Topping of private balcony floor to level with living room floor using extruded polystyrene foam (EPF). • No storage is allowed between the platform. • The side of the platform must be sealed • Platform is not allowed along fire escape route • Maintain a minimum parapet height of 1000mm measured from finished level. underside of false ceiling – 2. Should the drop between the kitchen and living room floor level is more than 50mm. spray painting No 9 . (see sketch drawing 1) • Minimum parapet height should be 1000mm.4 metres. suitable thickness of EPF shall be used such that the floor finish of not more than 50mm laid over the EPF is maintained. santex/cement and sand/gypsum plastering. • No tampering of existing structures is allowed. • Maintain a minimum balcony parapet height of 1000mm measured from finished level. • The existing floor screed and finishes are to be completely removed before commencing the proposed work. otherwise upturned railing must be provided to achieve this required height. • Minimum clearance height of 2. No 2 Wall Finishes • Wall/scenic paper. • Maximum thickness of floor finish inclusive of screed and tiles must not exceed 50mm. • Maximum thickness of floor finish inclusive of screed and tiles must not exceed 50mm. Should the drop between the private balcony and living room floor level is more than 50mm. suitable thickness of EPF shall be used such that the floor finish of not more than 50mm laid over the EPF is maintained.6 metres. otherwise. • Installation of hardwood platform on floor No • Minimum height clearance to: underside of upper floor slab – 2. rocktone finish. • The existing floor screed and finishes are to be completely removed before commencing the proposed work.

g.) 4 Walls • Erection of additional one layer of 63 mm thick hollow block wall behind existing parapet/railing Yes No • The height of the hollow block wall should not exceed the height of existing parapet. Surface of reinforced concrete wall is not allowed to be hacked to form key for tiling. • Solid timber/minor wall panel • Laying of wall tiles over existing wall tiles using tiles adhesive method No • Replacement of internal wall tiling up to ceiling level • Laying of wall tiles on bare concrete surface provided by HDB up to ceiling height Please note that replacement of wall tiles will still need prior approval from HDB as such removal of tiles involve hacking works and generate noise. The thickness of the wall tiles inclusive of the adhesive must not exceed 13mm. installation/ replacement of grille/gate/door/fixed/ awning/roof/aluminium windows. Yes • Removal of toilet wall tiles is not allowed during first three years upon completion of block. • Replacement of existing toilet wall tiles after first three years 3 Sold Recess Area • Laying of floor finishes at sold recess area • Laying of wall finishes at sold recess area Yes No • No tampering of existing structures is allowed. topping up of floor with polystyrene foam and demolition/erection of nonload bearing walls. No • All other renovation items within sold recess area (e. • The surface of reinforced concrete member is not allowed to be hacked to form key for tiling. Spatterdash or other equivalent shall be used to form key for tiling. Laying of third layer tiles is not allowed. • Total thickness of floor finishes and screed must not exceed 50 mm. • Total thickness of wall finish is not to exceed 25 mm. The lessee is responsible for the stability and safety of the proposed work. etc.Types of Common Building Work Need Permit? No Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions Power-driven nails or screws used must not exceed 6 mm in diameter and 40 mm in penetration depth. 10 . No tampering of existing structures and wall finishes. • Total thickness of the wall finishes including cement screed must not exceed 25 mm. (see sketch drawing 2) • The thickness of hollow blocks used should not exceed 63 mm. Spatterdash or other equivalent shall be used to form key for tiling.

• The PE is also required to ensure proper repair of the affected RC structural elements resulting from the effect of demolition. • Fire escape route should be direct (e. • Fire escape route should be direct (e. into existing RC structures must not exceed 40 mm. from bedroom door to main exit door) and should not pass through another room.g. slabs and walls) are tampered or damaged in the course of the demolition process. Yes Yes • Flat owner needs to engage a Professional Engineer (PE) for Civil or Structural works to inspect and supervise the demolition works so as to ensure that none of the load bearing reinforced concrete (RC) structural elements (eg columns. • RC lintol shall be provided to support the hollow block across any opening in wall. window or door opening).Types of Common Building Work Need Permit? Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions • Adequate natural lighting and ventilation must be provided if there is creation of habitable room. • Erection of 63 mm thick hollow block wall • Erection of 80 mm thick glass block wall No • Erection of gypsum partition No • Adequate natural lighting and ventilation must be provided if there is creation of habitable room.g.g. • Any structural defects arising from the demolition work shall be rectified to the satisfaction of HDB. if any (e. • Construction of arches and/or rounded corners to existing opening • Demolition of non-load bearing reinforced concrete (RC) elements such as stiffeners. if any. beams. from bedroom door to main exit door) and should not pass through another room. • The penetration of power-driven nails or screws. • Only one layer of 63 mm hollow block or 80 mm thick glass block is allowed to be erected. lintols and hangers etc. 11 .

Types of Common Building Work Need Permit? Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions • Demolition/alteration of internal non-structural lightweight concrete/ hollow block/brick walls • Demolition of wall separating kitchen and dining/living room • Demolition/relocation of storeroom with non-structural walls • Construction of opening in non-structural walls and/or at party wall between two flats 5 Kitchen • Extension of kitchen into the service balcony areas without the removal of walls No • Floor finishes in all extended areas must be treated with waterproofing compound. • Installation of exhaust fan is not allowed at the service balcony opening. (see sketch drawing 3) • Construction of cabinet cement mortar base or other light-weight material at kitchen/service balcony not exceeding 50 mm thick. • Construction of cooking stove and/ or cooking are not alllowed in the original service balcony area. No No No Thickness of cement mortar base should not exceed 50 mm thick each (inclusive of finishes). Yes No 12 . • Only one layer of 63 mm hollow block or 80 mm thick glass block is allowed to be erected for the extension. • Thickness of dapoh slab/vanity top and cement mortar base should not exceed 50 mm thick each (inclusive of finishes). from bedroom door to main exit door) and should not pass through another room. • Fire escape route should be direct (e.g. • Concrete shelf is not allowed. inclusive of finishes • Construction of 50 mm thick concrete dapoh slab/vanity top supported by 63 mm thick hollow block walls with 50 mm cement mortar base inclusive of tile finishes • Tiling up of existing dapoh slabs • Installation of built-in cupboard/cabinet • Construction of 63 mm thick hollow block walls with tile finishes as support for sink/basin with 50 mm cement mortar base inclusive of tile finishes No • Thickness of cement mortar base should not exceed 50 mm thick each (inclusive of finishes). • All services within extended areas should not be tampered with.

The maximum thickness of the red brick/ hollow block used must not exceed 100mm. For glass louvres • Minimum glass thickness not less than 6mm. • Concrete shelf is not allowed. The topping up detail of bath/toilet floor is to follow the Sketch Drawing 8 according to A & A guidelines. • Extruded polystyrene foam (EPF) shall be used to top up the bath/toilet floor. eg. • Wire-glass type. • A layer of red brick/ hollow block or any other lighter materials are to be used to reduce the hopper size. • Waterproofing membrane must be applied to the bare concrete surface before commencing with the topping up. • Replacement of bathroom/toilet vent Yes 7 Refuse Chute Hopper • Reducing/lowering of refuse chute hopper size within existing opening No • Work to be carried out within the original refuse chute opening.6 m 2 respectively. • The resultant floor level after topping up must not be higher than the floor level outside the bath/toilet. For glass louvres safety device • Aluminium U-channel cleat at every glass louvres. • Total thickness of floor finishes and screed on top of the EPF must not exceed 50mm. • Thickness of vanity top and cement mortar base should not exceed 50 mm thick each (inclusive of finishes).Types of Common Building Work 6 Bathroom/Toilet • Construction of cement mortar kerb not exceeding 100 mm in height and 100 mm width in bath/toilet • Enlargement of bathroom/toilet after first three years upon completion of block Need Permit? No Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions Yes Maximum width and area of extension must not be more than 600 mm and 0. for installation of wash basin or shelves. and must be used only as a ‘dry area’. 13 . • Construction of 50 mm thick concrete vanity top supported by 63 mm thick hollow block walls with 50 mm cement mortar base with tile finishes or fibreglass vanity top • Topping up of bath/toilet floor. No No • Existing floor finishes including cement screed must be removed.

*For new developments [new flats handed over from 1 Jul 2007 onwards]. casement to casement) with that of the original windows provided by HDB. Yes *For new developments [new flats handed over from 1 Jul 2007 onwards]. • All screws used must be of stainless steel type. window grilles installed must be of HDB approved designs. [You can view the GFA incentive scheme at URA’s website at www.ura. 14 . • Minimum Safety Requirements for Installation/Replacement Of Windows Please refer to page 21 for details.sg under “Developers & Building Professionals > View Handbooks > Handbook on Gross Floor Area > Balconies”] Yes • Installation of grilles at service yard / private balcony (if any) • Installation/replacement of internal metal grilles of any design at window and balcony openings • Installation of internal metal grilles of any design at double-storey private balcony of maisonette • Installation of metal grilles at double storey corridor end balcony of maisonette • Caging of interaction balcony ‘OVERHEAD’ grilles of any design at single-storey height Yes Metal grilles must be fixed internally and cannot protrude from the building facade. Flat owners can view the specific renovation guidelines including approved grille’s design via the HDB InfoWEB under “My HDBPage”. *Applicable to existing developments only [ie Prior to 1 July 07] No Metal grilles must be fixed internally and cannot protrude from the building facade. Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) flats and The Pinnacle@Duxton. windows are not allowed to be installed at the balcony. • Installation of windows on parapet at open balcony building facade #For some precincts where the design of the balcony space adopted the URA’s balcony Gross Floor Area (GFA) incentive scheme in the residential development.gov.Types of Common Building Work Need Permit? Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions 8 Window/Grilles • Replacement of existing window’s clear sheet glass with tinted/obscured glass Placement of Sun ‘X’ non-reflective film over the clear sheet glass of existing windows/balcony doors. Examples of such precincts include the Design. windows installed/replaced must be of similar colour scheme. • Safety stoppers must be installed for sliding windows. • Installation of bamboo chicks/venetian blinds/curtain rail internally • Replacement/installation of window on parapet at window opening No No No Yes • Width of window panel: Casement window: 500 mm to 700 mm Sliding window: 500 mm to 1200 mm. proportion and type (ie sliding to sliding.

No • Replacement of main entrance door and/or frame along fire escape route Yes • Replacement of main entrance non fire-rated door and/or frame • Replacement of existing internal doors with ornamental timber/plastic doors No No 15 . lift lobbies) that serve as a mean of escape in case of fire. • Otherwise. upturn mild steel/stainless steel railing must be provided internally. Units situated at corner end The gate should not hit the neighbour’s louvre windows. Door openings into passageways (such as staircases. • To apply two coats of the rust inhibitor to the surface of exposed steel bars (where the steel bars were anchored into) before any finishing work is done to prevent rusting. Units situated along the common corridor There must be a minimum clearance of 1 metre measured from the gates to the corridor parapet wall (when the gates open perpendicularly to the corridor parapet wall). the new door/frame must be a half-hour fire-rated solid door/frame with door closer (fire door/frame must have PSB label on the door/frame).Types of Common Building Work • Installation of metal grilles of any design at interaction balcony • Replacement/removal of mild steel/ stainless steel railing on top of balcony parapet wall Need Permit? No No Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions Height of metal grilles must not exceed height of unit. • The height of the balcony parapet wall from finished floor level must be at least 1000mm. • This is applicable only to mild steel railing on top of reinforced concrete parapet. 9 Door/Gate • Painting main door (external)/metal grille gate in colour of lessee’s choice • Replacement of main entrance metal gates • Installation/replacement of main entrance gate to two-leaf swing gate of different dimensions • Installation/replacement of main entrance gate to single-leaf swing gate • Installation of arch shape main entrance swing gate No No No change to the existing leaves. size and shape of the gate. Units situated adjacent to the staircase There must be a minimum clearance equivalent to the width of the staircase measured from the edge of the gate (when it opens at all angles) to the staircase railing.

• For installation at topmost floor with pitched roof only: a. • The new door frame should be within the original door opening provided.Types of Common Building Work • Replacement of door frames at all location for prefabricated flats Need Permit? No Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions • The reinforced concrete wall is not allowed to be hacked or tampered with. if any. Not allowed if new entrance is through reinforced concrete walls. • Upon removal of the door frames. • Existing door frame should be removed by torch cutting or cutter. The proposed work should make use of original existing support. • Minimum height clearance from finished floor to underside of false ceiling is 2. and kitchen openings without removal of reinforced concrete lintol/hanger (if any) • Removal of sliding/swing doors without removal of reinforced concrete lintol/ hanger (if any) • Replacement of study room sliding doors with swing doors • Replacement of study room sliding doors with 63 mm thick hollow blocks • Replacement of study room sliding doors with 80 mm thick glass blocks 10 False Ceiling • Installation of cornices and pelmet • Installation of false ceiling in conventional flat • Installation of decorative centre panel in conventional flat • Installation of false ceiling in flat at topmost floor with pitched roof Yes No No Minimum clearance height of pelmet must be at least 2. • Repositioning of internal door entrances • Replacement of internal door frame • Installation of sliding glass door/PVC folding doors to bath/w.c.1 m. Proposed new connection.4 metres. No • Installation of false ceiling in prefabricated flat b. • To use non-combustible material (asbestos is not allowed). a layer of waterproofing membrane must be applied to the affected area. 16 . is not allowed to be connected onto existing purlins which is not designed for the proposed work. • Power-driven nails of 6 mm diameter and not exeeding 40 mm in penetra tion depth are to be used for fixing of false ceiling to the underside of reinforced concrete slab.

• Existing effective width of staircase must be maintained. • False ceiling to be of noncombustible materials. • False ceiling to be of noncombustible materials. (ii) Proposed new joists. if any. • Reinforced with expanded metal brickwork reinforcement at every 600 mm horizontally for hollow block wall.Types of Common Building Work Need Permit? No Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions • Minimum height clearance of 2. Minimum height clearance of 2. (i) The proposed work should make use of original existing structural support. size and the support system of the new joists must be the same as the existing joists.4 metres measured from finished floor level to underside of ceiling. • Power-driven nails of 6mm diameter and not exceeding 40mm in penetration depth length are to be used for fixing of false ceiling to the underside of reinforced concrete slab • Installation of false ceiling in kitchen • Replacement of existing false ceiling board originally provided by HDB without changing the existing joists (applicable for horizontal false ceiling only) No 11 Staircase • Replacement of existing staircase balustrades/handrails in maisonette flats with handrails of different design • Erection of 63 mm hollow block/ 80 mm glass block wall on internal staircase of maisonette unit No No • The height of the wall should be same as original height of handrail. • The layout. Asbestos material should not be used. • Power-driven nails of 6mm diameter and not exceeding 40mm in penetration depth length are to be used for fixing of false ceiling to the underside of reinforced concrete slab. Asbestos material should not be used. 17 .4 metres measured from finished floor level to underside of ceiling. • For topmost floor with pitched roof only. is not allowed to be connected onto existing purlins which are not designed for the proposed work.

5m x 0. • Awning is to be fixed at the upper floor beam structure (fixing onto refuse chute wall is not allowed).5m x 0.8m x 0.5m) e) 4'0" x 18" x 18" 300 kg (1.5m) c) 3'0" x 18" x 18" 250 kg (1. The retractable awning should not protrude beyond the interaction balcony. No 18 .3m x 0. Weight of Fish Tank of Water only a) 2'0" x 12" x 15" 72 kg (0.5m) d) 3'6" x 18" x 18" 275 kg (1. (see sketch drawing 4) • Covering up of slit void to internal staircase of maisonette to be used for decorative purpose only 12 Awning • Installation of retractable canvas awning up to single-storey height at private balcony of double storey maisonette No • The penetration of mild steel bars into existing reinforced concrete structures must not exceed 50 mm. • The clear width of the void between bedroom and internal staircase must not exceed 350 mm. • Installation of retractable canvas awning up to single storey-height at interaction balcony • Installation of internal metal roller shutter/blind at window or single storey balcony opening • Installation of roller shutter at double storey balcony 13 Clothes Drying Hanger • Installation of clothes drying hanger on ceiling in kitchen 14 Fish Tank • Normal fish tank supported on a four-legged rack or cabinet of the following sizes : Common Size Approx. sand and accessories) supported on a four-legged rack or cabinet must not exceed 600 kg per room. The maximum weight of the total number of fish tanks (inclusive of water. • The retractable awning should not protrude beyond the private balcony.5m x 0.5m) No No No Power-driven nails of 6 mm diameter and not exceeding 40mm in penetration depth are to be used. Installation must not be fixed onto refuse chute wall.0m x 0. • There should be no increase in the gross floor area of the upper storey.1m x 0.6m x 0.5m x 0.4m) b) 2'6" x 18" x 18" 200 kg (0.2m x 0.Types of Common Building Work Need Permit? No Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions • The thickness of hollow/glass blocks used should not exceed 63 mm and 80 mm respectively.

5m). weight and location of the fish tank [refer to page 41 for sample copy]. • Lightweight fibre glass material should be used for the tank.50m(1. flat owner can also submit an application using the Email facility. • Existing floor finishes including cement screed must be removed. Grille gate with one-way locking device opening outward without use of a key. weight and location of the fish tank [refer to page 41 for sample copy]. type.Types of Common Building Work • Larger fish tank supported on a four legged rack or cabinet where the total weight of the fish tanks (inclusive of water. No • Fish tank of large-breeding aquarium resting directly on the floor of size exceeding 2m in length. • Existing floor finishes including cement screed must be removed. • Total thickness of new floor finishes and cement screed must not exceed 50mm.6ft) Need Permit? Yes Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions Flat owner is to submit an application to the HDB Branch Office managing their flat. type. or larger] • Fish tank of normal breeding aquarium resting directly on the floor of size not bigger than 2m(6.5ft) length x 1m(3. Cement mortar kerb not exceeding 100mm in height and 100mm in width.6ft). • Total thickness of wall finishes including cement screed must not exceed 25mm. No 19 . stating the size.5m(1. No No • Laying of tiles at corridor walls and floor excluding scupper drain. a two-tier fish tank measuring 4'0" x 18" x 18" (1. Yes 15 Approved Rented Common Area • Installation of grille gate at the entrance of the common area • Installation of metal grille panel No No • Construction of cement mortar kerb at threshold of entrance gate. Spatterdash or other equivalent shall be used to form key for tiling. • The tank must be placed beside an existing wall supported on an existing beam below. flat owner can also submit an application using the Email facility. Alternatively.2ft) width and the depth of water must not exceed 0.5m x 0. Metal grille panel must not more than 1 metre wide on the parapet wall adjacent to the entrance gate for security purpose. stating the size. 1m in width and 0.2m x 0. • Rescreeding of floor provided free flow of water to existing scupper drain or waste water outlet is not obstructed. • Total thickness of new floor finishes (if any) and cement screed must not exceed 50mm. (see sketch drawing 6) Flat owner is to submit an application to the HDB Branch Office managing their flat. • Surface of reinforced concrete floor or wall is not allowed to be hacked to form key for tiling.5m in depth. Alternatively. sand and accessories) exceeds 600kg [for example. It must have an overflow system to ensure that the water depth does not exceed 0.

• Power-driven nails of 6mm diameter and not exceeding 40mm in penetration depth length are to be used for fixing of false ceiling to the underside of reinforced concrete slab • Installation of false ceilings at rented common area. • The lessee is responsible for the stability and safety of the proposed work. • Prior approval must be obtained from Town Council. • Minimum height clearance of 2.T Types of Common Building Work • Resiting refuse chute stopcock outside the rented common area.4 metres measured from finished floor level to underside of ceiling. No 16 Others • Conversion of storeroom to prayer room provided there is no addition and alteration work • Installation of safe not exceed 150kg No No 20 . • False ceiling to be of noncombustible materials. Asbestos material should not be used. Need Permit? No Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions • Existing reinforced concrete structure is not allowed to be tampered with.

(ii) Synthetic resin stoppers at top of window outer frame [minimum 2 nos. 4) Connection of friction stay to window frame. b) Dimension “b” shall be minimum 1. a) Stainless steel grade 304 or equivalent self-tapping screw of minimum size no. per panel width and repeat the same along the track. epoxy coated screw can be used. Minimum Safety Requirements for Installation/Replacement of New Aluminium Windows Aluminium Casement Window (refer to page 42 for detail drawings) Parts 1) Friction stay. b) Wire-glass type. 3) Aluminium section for screw connection.Minimum Safety Requirements for Installation/Replacement of New Windows As part of HDB’s efforts to enhance the safety of windows installed in HDB flats.75 mm. [Refer to drawing for spacing of stoppers]. HDB has introduced the minimum safety requirements for window installation/replacement of new aluminium windows since 22 August 2003. 21 2) Glass louvres safety device. 8 (4mm). 5) Corner brackets (if used) for corners of window leaf. a) Maximum width not exceeding 700mm. (iii) Aluminium bottom outer frame with fixed angle facing outside. Requirements To install the following: (i) Polyethylene sliding window self-locking safety device (2 nos. a) Aluminium U-channel cleat at every glass louvre. 2) Sliding panel a) Maximum width not exceeding 1.5mm. If aluminium section is not less than 3mm thick. per panel). Aluminium Ajustable Lourve Vent (refer to page 44 for detail drawings) Requirements Parts a) Minimum glass thickness not less than 6mm. Requirements a) Stainless steel grade 304 or equivalent. Flat owners need to reflect the BCA approved window contractors and the name of their trained installer in the application for window permit when they submit the application electronically to HDB. b) Minimum thickness not less than 2. a) Minimum thickness 2. From 1 Oct 2004. flat owners must engage only BCA approved window contractors listed with HDB to carry out installation/replacement of new aluminium windows in HDB flats. The stopper shall be fastened with stainless steel grade 304 or equivalent rivet/screw of minimum 4mm dia.2m.5 times dimension “a” [refer to page 43]. Aluminium Sliding Window (refer to page 43 for detail drawings) Parts 1) Safety devices. 2) Window leaf. c) Length not less than 1/2 width of window leaf. b) Minimum 4 screws on each side of friction stay. 1) Glass louvres. a) Zinc casting corner brackets. .

if leakage through walls occurs after the modification. the waterproofing membrane is only required around the sanitary stacks for an area of a radius 400mm. 2. 3 Window 3.3 Construction of Opening at Party Wall between two Flats In the event of a written demand by HDB or the transfer by the flat owner of his interests in the flat.1 The cleanliness of the space between the window grilles and the sliding window. Membrane should be upturned (up to 150 mm) against the walls. the flat owner shall rectify the defect at his own expense. Flat owners and contractors are to take note of the Do’s and Don’ts when installing shelves.2. kerbs and pipes. the flat owner shall be fully responsible for all risks and injury to any person or damage to structural members or property and shall accept all consequences whatsoever and howsoever arising from the demolition of the wall separating the kitchen and dining/living room. wall cabinets and other fixtures on these partition walls. 2. For kitchen.gov.Technical Conditions Governing Building Work 1 Floor 1.2 Window Grilles on Recessed Window Ledges The flat owner is fully responsible for: 3.2 Proper installation. Flat owners and the approved window contractors are to comply with the minimum safety requirements when carrying out the installation/replacement of windows in HDB flats. This information is available in the HDB InfoWEB at www.1 Alteration to Refuse Chute Hopper Without prejudice to Clause 6 of the General Terms and Conditions. only BCA approved window contractors listed with HDB are allowed to carry out installation/replacement of windows in HDB flats. whichever is earlier.hdb.2. 4 Refuse Chute 4.2 Flat owner and registered renovation contractor are advised to conduct water test to the bath/toilet upon completion of the replacing the floor finishes. 1. Any renovation works that requires removal and hacking of such walls must be carried out by an HDB Registered Renovation Contractor and with HDB’s prior approval. Please refer to page 21 for detail on the minimum safety requirements for installation/replacement of windows in HDB flats. 3. the owner shall at his own costs and expense reinstate the party wall between the flats to the original position within one month from the date of the letter of demand or before the completion of the transfer of the flat. 22 . The demolition of the wall should commence from the top. 3. stability and maintenance of the window grilles.1 Waterproofing treated prepacked cement screed or waterproofing membrance must be used in bathroom/toilets areas before laying of new floor tiles.1 Flats with Ferrolite Partition Walls Some new flats are installed with Ferrolite Partition Wall. These walls comprise 2 concrete panels with a hollow core and are connected to the ceiling or beam using steel angle plates.1 From 1 Oct 2004.2 Demolition of Wall Separating Kitchen and Dining/Living Room Without prejudice to Clause 6 of the General Terms and Conditions on page 31. This is a more eco-friendly partition wall system which functions as a typical partition wall for the bedrooms.sg under Home Owners>Renovating Your Home>HDB Renovation Guidelines>Renovation Guidelines For Flats With Ferrolite Partition Walls. 2 Wall 2.

Guidelines for common sanitary / water pipe / gas pipe work 23 Sanitar y / Water Pipe / Gas Pipe Work .

• Concealing air-con discharge pipe in floor finishes No • Reinforced concrete floor slab must not be tampered with. • Installation of shower tray No Void area beneath shower tray is not allowed to be filled with cement mortar or anything. • Extension of toilet to accommodate the long bath is not allowed. There must be void beneath. • Repositioning of sink/wash basin • Installation of shower screen • Replacement of existing PVC pipe with copper/stainless steel pipe No No • Re-diversion of sink waste pipes • Enclosure/encasement of service ducts/pipings using lightweight noncombustible materials No No Pipe must not be embedded in floor slab. It shall be embedded within floor finishes Need to provide access opening for maintenance. There must be void beneath. • The concealment must be within the floor finishes only. • Concealed waste/water pipes in floor finishes/wall No Floor slab and wall must not be tampered with. • Installation of long bath No • Void area beneath long bath is not allowed to be filled with cement mortar or anything. • Replacement of squat pan to new squat pan No • Replacement of pedestal pan to new pedestal pan 24 .Types of Common Sanitary/ Water Pipe / Gas Pipe Need Permit? No Subject to the Following Guidelines/Conditions • Replacement of existing sink with stainless steel/enameled type and wash basin with coloured type • Reposition of kitchen sink supported by 63mm thick hollow walls with tiles finishes No Thickness of dapoh slab inclusive of finishes is not to exceed 50mm Floor slab must not be tampered with.

• The installation is to follow the sketch according to A & A guidelines (see sketch drawing 7). 25 .Types of Common Sanitary/ Water Pipe / Gas Pipe • Installation of pedestal/squat pan at wash area on lower floor of executive maisonette Need Permit? No Subject to the Following Guidelines/Conditions • Hacking of holes on the existing floor slab is prohibited. • The installation is to follow the sketch according to A & A guidelines (see sketch drawing 5). • Replacement of pedestal pan to squat pan No • Hacking of holes on the existing floor slab is prohibited. • Engage a Licensed Water Service Plumber for the works. the minimum ceiling height from this finished raised floor slab should not be less than 2. • Removal of surfaced-run water pipes No • Compliance with PUB’s requirements.2 metres. • The installation (details for pedestal pan) shall be in accordance with the sketch drawing 9 in the A & A guidelines. • The pipes are to be terminated with compression fitting capping with at least 50mm length protruding from the wall. • The installation (details for squat pan) shall be in accordance with the sketch drawing 7 in the A & A guidelines. • No hacking of reinforced concrete • Replacement of squat pan to pedestal pan No • Hacking of holes on the existing floor slab is prohibited. • If the floor slab is raised. • Installation of pedestal pan at wash area of (3rd storey and above) executive apartment No • Discharge pipes to be connected to the existing pipes or above floor slab connection.

• Provide proper water drainage for SPA pool. 26 . A 100 mm length of gas pipe protruding from the wall into the kitchen must be maintained and capped. • Engage a Licensed Gas Service Worker (LGSW) for the works.2 For water pipe services. • Only the gas pipe within the kitchen is allowed to be removed.4 For flats provided with concealed water pipes (original provided by HDB). The plumber is advised to use metal detector to confirm the exact location of the concealed water pipes before carrying out the work. • Outdoor installation is subject to HDB’s approval. Weep holes must also be provided in the installation of bathtubs and shower trays. you are encouraged to engage a Singapore Plumbing Society’s (SPS) registered plumber. precautionary measures should be taken prior to any drilling to the wall. • Compliance with City Gas Pte Ltd’s requirements. water. you will need to engage an Energy Market Authority’s (EMA) licensed gas service worker. 1. • Compliance with City Gas Pte Ltd’s requirements. The concealed water pipe layout plans for kitchen (refer to sketch drawing 10) and toilet (refer to sketch drawing 11) should be used only as a guide. For gas service works. 1. 1.3 For all types of flats. • Existing reinforced concrete floor slab is not allowed to be tampered with. The plumber should also ensure ramsets/nails/screws are located away from the concealed water pipes.Types of Common Sanitary/ Water Pipe / Gas Pipe • Installation of SPA pool Need Permit? No Subject to the Following Guidelines/Conditions • SPA pool must be purchased readymade from the market. ramsets/nails. • SPA pool is to be installed only within bath/toilet originally provided by HDB.1 An inspection opening for future maintenance must be provided for installation of bathtubs. • Removal of gas pipe (within kitchen only) No • Installation of gas water heater No Technical Conditions Governing Sanitary / Water Pipe / Gas Pipe Work 1 Installation and Alteration Work 1. The LGSW should check if the water & gas supplies for the unit are suitable for the installation. you will need to engage a Public Utilities Board (PUB) Water Department’s licensed water service plumber. As for sanitary works. • Engage a Licensed Gas Service Worker for the works. • Total weight inclusive of SPA pool. motor and other accessories must not exceed 400kg. • Construction of SPA pool using bricks/hollow blocks is not allowed.screws used must not exceed 6mm in diameter and 40 mm in penetration depth.

Specially designed and well-prepared to protect you and your loved ones in an emergency. Certain finishes and fixtures are not permitted as they are not easily removable before an emergency and may instead become hazards to occupants sheltering inside during the emergency. telephone point and MATV outlet are also provided within the shelter so that you can stay inside and yet be able to communicate with the outside. power point. the store/pantry has strengthened walls. the reinforced walls. Lighting. floor and ceiling and a steel door which looks like a normal household door. ceiling and steel door of the store/pantry cannot be hacked or drilled during any renovation works. Like the other structural components of the flat. floor tiles.SCDF Guidelines on Household Shelters General The store/pantry in your HDB flat is designed and constructed to also serve as a civil defence shelter in times of emergency. 27 SCDF Guidelines On Household Shelters .

There is no restriction to the diameter of the non-metallic insert as long as it does not exceed 50mm in length.Types of Permitted Works In HS • Laying of floor tiles with cement mortar in household shelter. Steel plate (after removal) must be secured inside the shelter on one of the walls by using maximum 50mm long removable screws in non-metallic inserts. owners shall not cover or paint over the HS door notice. • Applying splatterdash or equivalent to the external face of HS wall only to provide rough surface for feature wall panels or wall tiles installation • Painting of walls. locking bolts or door seal. wall fan. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that the strength of the insert is adequately provided for the intended purpose. No • • • Such fixtures that are installed inside the HS will have to be removed by the owners within 48 hours upon notification. there shall be one access panel of a minimum size of 600mm x 600mm to be provided directly below each ventilation sleeve • Power driven nails are allowed only on external face of the HS walls to facilitate flexibility in mounting of peacetime features/ fixtures by owners 28 No . Need Permit? No • • • • Subject to the following Guidelines/Conditions Tiles shall be bonded to the floor with wet cement mortar. are to be installed at a level below the ventilation sleeves. shelves. • Removal of the steel ventilation plate cover in the household shelter No • • • • Where false ceilings. Total thickness of floor finishes and screed must not exceed 50mm. cabinets. Laying of 2nd layer of tiles is not allowed Skirting tiles shall be bonded to concrete surface with wet cement mortar. the bolts and nuts must be installed back to the original position in its fully closed/locked positions. ceiling lightings etc] No In the case of HS door. Laying of tiles using adhesive is not allowed. • Laying of maximum 100mm floor skirting tiles with cement mortar in household shelter. • Laying of vinyl or linoleum flooring. Up to 75% of the clear ventilation opening areas are allowed to be covered by removable aesthetics or architectural finishes or fixtures. as wet or damp paint will cause the door/ rubber gasket to stick onto the door frame resulting in difficulty in opening the door. Laying of tiles using adhesive is not allowed Laying of 2nd layer of tiles is not allowed. After removal of the steel plate. The new paint coat must be dried up completely before closing the door. which are provided on the exterior of the HS. ceiling or door No No • • • No No • • • • Painting on only the exterior face of the 6mm fragmentation stainless steel plate of the ventilation sleeve • Fixing of removable screws with non-metallic inserts not exceeding 50mm deep for fixtures and equipment [Eg. The old paint coat on door and door frame is to be removed prior to repainting to avoid an increase in paint thickness which will result in difficulties when closing and opening of the door. pictures. posters.

Flat owners can view the specific renovation guidelines via the HDB InfoWEB under “My HDBPage”. Failure to obtain the permit will mean that the Work is unauthorised and HDB shall be entitled to require the owner to reinstate his premises to its original condition. For special precincts (eg. removing or covering up of the HS door notice. the ventilation sleeve. Such approval is given in the form of a permit before the commencement of the Work. Where renovation items are not reflected in the renovation guide or where the measurement and technical details of the proposed work deviate from that stated in the renovation guide. provided the depth of the insert shall not exceed 50mm h) Hacking to both internal and external face of the household shelter walls to form key for tiling i) Hacking or indiscriminate drilling on external face of HS wall for mounting of feature wall panels or wall tiles installation j) Modifying. these works are treated as unauthorised works and HDB shall be entitled to require you to remove and reinstate your premises to its original condition or that of the guidelines/conditions stated. The flat owner shall strictly observe and perform the terms and conditions. The flat owner is required to open an Utilities Account (ie water and electricity) of his new flat with SP Services Ltd before a renovation permit is granted. 29 .7 1. technical conditions and guidelines issued by HDB for such Work. These general terms and conditions are in addition to the technical conditions. Examples of the common types of Work which require HDB’s approval and a permit are set out in the guidelines prescribed by HDB governing building work and sanitary work in HDB flats.5 1. which have been set out for governing building work and sanitary work. the flat owner shall be required to reinstate his premises to its original condition. you are required to comply with the guidelines/conditions governing the items as set out in the guidelines for building and sanitary works in HDB flats. which hold the steel plate to the sleeve General Terms and Conditions The general terms and conditions stated herein apply to renovation work carried out in HDB flats.4 1. If the works do not comply with the guidelines/conditions stated.6 1. For renovation items which do not require a permit.Type of Works Not Permitted in HS a) Laying of wall tiles or spray of rock tone finish.3 1. The HS door notice provides important information to the occupants on the proper use of the HS g) Indiscriminate hacking and drilling of the HS walls.8 1. flat owners need to comply with some additional specific renovation guidelines pertaining to their precincts. "O" ring rubber gasket and the four or eight numbers of stainless steel bolts. floor slabs and ceiling slabs. changing. cement sand finish and gypsum plastering on the internal faces of HS walls including ceiling b) Laying of floor tiles using adhesive materials c) Laying of 2nd layer of tiles on floor or skirting tiles d) Installation of cornices within the HS e) Installation works with fixings using power driven nails into the internal HS walls f) Tampering with. plates and the mounting devices such as bolts and nuts l) Painting to the interior face of the 6mm fragmentation stainless steel plate of the ventilation sleeve. HDB shall be entitled to revoke the permit granted for the Work. removing or tampering of HS door k) Modifying.1 Certain types of renovation work (hereinafter called the “Work” and which shall be taken to mean alteration and addition work) to the flat can only be carried out with HDB’s prior written approval. other than drilling into HS walls and ceiling slabs to affix removable screws on inserts.10 If the flat owner fails to do so.2 1. 1 When a Permit is Required 1. altering or tampering with any part of the ventilation openings.9 1. DBSS flats) with unique designs and special features. flat owners are required to seek HDB prior approval before commencement of works. 1.

00 pm during the weekdays.4 For existing blocks. the owner or his contractor shall at his own expense clear the chokage. The flat owner shall engage his own HDB registered renovation contractor for the approved Work and bear all charges and cost thereof.2. The haulage and debris removal charges are collected by the Town Council. the approved work must be completed within four months from the date of the permit.2 4 Supervision 4.1 For new blocks.1. the approved work must be completed within one month from the date of the permit.2 Where only the debris removal service is provided.2 Haulage of Renovation Materials and Removal of Renovation Debris placed neatly (so as to cause no obstruction) in the common area in front of the flat owner’s flat or such part as Town Council shall direct for disposal by the Town Council. the flat owner and his registered renovation contractor must display the Notice of Renovation Work outside the flat until all the renovation work is completed. He shall at all times settle his disputes with the contractor without reference to HDB. 4.6 3 Payments and Charges 3. 30 .2 Time Allowed for Renovations 2.c.1 Execution of Work 4. 2. 4. demolition of walls and removing floor/wall finishes are restricted from 9.1 The flat owner is responsible for the renovation work in his flat.2. the renovation debris shall be packed in gunny or polythene sacks and deposited at designated sites on the ground level for disposal by the Town Council. If chokage occurs. 4. only two of the approved hand-held power tools are allowed to be used.2 2. At any one time.2. the renovation debris shall be 4.4 The flat owner or his registered renovation contractor shall not throw the renovation debris down the refuse chute or wash it down the w.1. No Work shall be carried out before 8 am or after 6 pm. 2.1. Noisy Work such as cutting of tiles. Such works are not allowed on Saturdays. The flat owner shall pay for the haulage and debris removal services provided by the Town Council.3 The flat owner shall ensure that his registered renovation contractor removes the debris to the dumping ground if the Town Council does not provide the debris removal service.5 2.2.1 3.00 am to 5. Renovation contractors are not allowed to take more than three consecutive days to demolish walls and/or removal of wall/floor finishes.1 Where haulage and debris removal services are provided.2 After getting the permit from HDB. HDB is not a party to such a private agreement. 4. where applicable. 4. He must ensure that the Work carried out by his registered renovation contractor is according to HDB’s requirements and in good workmanlike manner. 4.3 The flat owner should avoid carrying out noisy Do-It-Yourself (DIY) household installations during early hours or late at night so as not to cause disturbance to your neighbours.3 2. squat pan or floor trap. Sundays and Public Holidays.

onto the staircase and/or the passageway.1 The flat owner shall indemnify and keep HDB indemnified at all times against all claims and proceedings for any damage or destruction of property. arising from or in connection with the execution of the Work.2 The flat owner shall observe and comply with such other rules and regulations as HDB and the Town Council may from time to time make in relation to the execution of the Work in HDB flats. Any approval granted shall be subject to the prevailing terms and conditions as varied by HDB from time to time. costs and expenses whether or not due to any act neglect or default and howsoever arising from. Power Gas Pte Ltd and SP Services Ltd for any alterations or extensions of the water or gas service pipes and for electrical installation and sanitary alterations.2 The flat owner shall further indemnify and keep HDB indemnified at all times against any losses. expenses.2 The flat owner shall at all times comply with any law. 6 Indemnity 6. terrazzo slime or any building debris into the sewage system.3 HDB and the Town Council reserve the right to control and give directions in the course of the Work. 5.1 HDB reserves the right to vary the terms and conditions herein contained as and when it deems fit. 5.5 The flat owner or his registered renovation contractor shall not discharge or allow the discharge of waste water. in connection with or consequent to the execution of the Work. costs. 7 Variation of Terms and Conditions 7. charges. 7.4.1 Prior approval must be obtained from Energy Market Authority. 5 Approval and Supervision by Other Authorities 5. injury or death of any person. 31 . by-law. rule and regulation governing the Work and any other related matters. 6.2. and damages which may be incurred or payable by HDB whether or not due to any act neglect or default and due to.

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SECTION A-A PART FLOOR PLAN ISOMETRIC VIEW SECTION A-A PART FLOOR PLAN 33 .

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SCHEMATIC DIAGRAM ON FISH POND/TANK INSTALLATION SKETCH DRAWING 6 35 .

Drawings SKETCH DRAWING 7 36 .

SKETCH DRAWING 8 37 .

Drawings INSTALLATION OF PEDESTAL PAN AT WASH AREA SKETCH DRAWING 9 38 .

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4'0" x 18" x 18") c) Type : (eg. two tier glass fish tank supported on a mild steel four legged rack) (eg. kitchen) Please see plan attached b) Size : (eg. sand and accessories) d) Weight : 2 If you need any clarification.SAMPLE COPY OF APPLICATION TO INSTALL HEAVY ITEM/S IN HDB FLAT Name : ______________________ Address: ______________________ _________________________ _________________________ Date Pasir Ris Branch Office: ____________ Address : ____________ Blk 443 Pasir Ris Drive Singapore 51443 ____________ ___________________ Fax Dear Sir 6581-0708 : ___________________ : ______________________ APPLICATION TO INSTALL HEAVY ITEM/S AT APT BLK ______ _________________________________ # __________ I wish to seek your approval to install a (eg. two-tier large aquarium size fish tank) in my flat. The location and details are as follows: a) Location of item : (eg. living room. please contact me at Tel: ______________. 610 kg inclusive of water. Yours sincerely --------------------------Flat Owner’s Name And Signature 41 .

Drawings MINIMUM SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTALLATION OF NEWALUMINIUM CASEMENTWINDOWS 42 .

MINIMUM SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTALLATION OF NEWALUMINIUM CASEMENTWINDOWS 43 .

Drawings MINIMUM SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTALLATION OF NEW ALUMINIUM LOUVRE VENTS 44 .

Frequently Asked Questions on Renovation work Q 1 What should I do if I want to renovate my flat? You should check whether the renovation item requires a renovation permit and if so.The layout plan can be purchased via HDB InfoWEB using the “Purchase of Residential Floor Plan” e-Service or from the “Sale of Architectural Plan” counter at 3rd Storey Atrium (next to payment counter). There is a need for HDB to regulate the activities of the renovation contractors within HDB estates to ensure the structural integrity of HDB buildings. • Installation of cornices.gov. Therefore. For more details. HDB Hub 480 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh Singapore 310480. sections or details of the proposed work may be required. apply for it before you commence on the renovation works. If the works require a renovation permit. Your registered renovation contractor will need to submit the application for renovation permit electronically. Q 2 What kind of renovation work am I permitted to carry out? You can carry out renovation work which does not affect the structural stability of your flat. the scanning of layout plans. why can't flat owners engage contractors who are not registered with HDB to carry out these works? Although a renovation permit is no longer required. elevations. please refer to the information guidebook on ‘Renovation Guide For Your HDB Flat'. Examples of permitted renovation work are: • Laying of ceramic/homogeneous/terrazzo/marble/parquet or other tiles as floor finishes. Q Q 3 Can I sign the renovation contracts with a contractor not registered with HDB? Contractors not registered with HDB are not allowed to carry out any renovation works in HDB flats.gov. Alternatively. 4 Since flat owners need not apply renovation permit for certain renovation items. If the renovation work involves the removal or repositioning of fittings. • Laying of additional wall tiles up to ceiling height. you can also visit the HDB InfoWEB at www. • Installation of grilles in windows or at balcony openings. flat owners are still required to engage HDB registered renovation contractors to carry out the renovation works and comply with the guidelines and conditions governing the respective renovation items. a safe living environment and minimal unsightly alteration to the form of HDB buildings when carrying out renovation works in HDB flats. as well as for works requiring renovation permit. you have to authorise your registered renovation contractors to submit your renovation application on your behalf.sg. or using the self service kiosk at any HDB Branch Office. 45 .hdb.sg. you must not sign any contract with any contractor not registered with HDB to renovate your flat.hdb. • Construction of kitchen cabinet base with cement mortar. demolition or construction of walls. You can refer to the information guidebook on "Renovation Guide For Your HDB Flat" or renovation guides at the HDB InfoWEB at www.

etc. delay in work or poor workmanship.Q Q 5 How do I check whether my renovation contractor has registered with HDB? Flat owners can also check the particulars of a HDB registered renovation contractor by referring to the 'List of Registered Renovation Contractors' in HDB InfoWEB at www. both parties could seek assistance through the Small Claims Tribunal or seek legal redress through court proceedings.gov. Therefore you are to ensure that the works carried out by your renovation contractor is according to HDB's requirement. 1800-2255432. Where there is a dispute between the flat owner and his renovation contractor on the pricing. There is no restriction on when the renovation works should be carried out by the flat owners and/or the frequency of the renovation. flat owners can contact any HDB Branch Office Service Line at TelNo. you are responsible for the renovation work carried out in your flat. type and quality of the renovation works. This is to facilitate flat owners in the planning of the renovation in their flats.sg. If the flat owner and the renovation contractor cannot settle the dispute amicably. 46 . For established blocks.1800-2255432or via Short Message Services (SMS) to telephone number 90112222 (see Page 2 for details).? HDB Registered Renovation Contractors' Scheme (RRCS) was introduced to regulate the activities of the renovation contractors to ensure the structural integrity of HDB buildings. work schedule. a safe living environment and minimal unsightly alteration to the form of HDB buildings when carrying out renovation works in HDB flats.hdb. 6 How much time am I given to complete my renovation work? How soon would I need to commence the renovation works in my new flat and the frequency of the renovations allowed in a flat? For new blocks. Can HDB help me to resolve my dispute with the contractor on pricing. both parties will have to resolve the matter between themselves as such matters relate to the contract signed between the flat owner and the renovation contractor. Q 7 Who will be held responsible if the renovation work in my flat does not comply with HDB's requirements or are unauthorised? As the flat owner. you must complete the approved renovation works within four months from the date of the renovation permit. Q 8 I had engaged an HDB registered renovation contractors to renovate my flats. the approved work must be completed within one month from the date of the renovation permit. please contact the HDB Branch Office Service Line at Tel No. in terms of their financial resources and time schedule. Alternatively. If you need any clarification. This is to minimise any inconvenience and noise nuisance to the existing residents.

It is safe for residents to place most general household items. This is to prevent ceiling leaks due to the tampering of the waterproofing membrane and to avoid wastage of the building materials. 47 . including common standard-sized fish tank/s in their flat as these items are not concentrated in one location and their weight will not affect the uniformly maximum distributed load of 150 kg/m2. However. However. type.Q 9 Can I install any household item heavier than 150 kg/m2 [such as a safe exceeding 150 kg] in my flat? HDB flats are designed with an imposed load of 150 kg/m2. television. Q 11 I can't complete the renovation works within the time allowed? What should I do? Your registered renovation contractor can submit the request for extension of the renovation period electronically. you must get approval from HDB before installing these items. appliances. etc. such as furniture. This is a requirement under the Building Control Act and Regulations for residential occupancy class. piano. flat owners may wish to overlay the existing floor tiles in the their bathroom/toilet with their choice of tiles using adhesive method. weight and location of the fish tank (see Page41 for sample copy). Q 10 Am I allow to remove the bathroom/toilets' floor and wall tiles provided by HDB in the new flat? New flat owners are not allowed to remove their bathroom/toilets' floor and wall tiles provided by HDB to their new flat within three years from the date of completion of block. washing machine. fitness equipment. You will need to submit your application to the HDB Branch Office managing your flat. if you intend to place unusually heavy items [such as safe exceeding 150 kg or a large-breeding aquarium-size fish tank] that exceed the allowable weight or size limit. you can submit your application using the Email facility. stating the size. Alternatively. HDB Branch Office will accede to the request if the reasons given are justifiable. refrigerator.

hdb. at 1800-2255432. 48 . you need to engage an HDB registered renovation contractor to renovate your flat (including works which do not require a renovation permit). Such interior design works are not regulated under the HDB registered renovation contractors' scheme. including windows. 14 What should I do if I want install/replace a window? From 1 Dec 2003. For rental flats. However. You need to pay these services before commencement of the renovation works. Flat owners may search for such listing of trained window contractors in the HDB InfoWEB at www. The works are to comply with the minimum safety requirements for window installation. in their flats in good condition. Flat owners may be held liable if a window in their flat falls. 16 Is this renovation guide applicable for rental flats? This renovation guide is only applicable for sold flats. the registered tenants are required to seek HDB’s prior approval for all renovation works in their flat.gov. However.sg or contact the HDB Branch Office Service Line Tel No. 15 Who is liable if a window falls and injures someone? Who is responsible for maintaining windows? Under the Lease. you can engage any interior design company to provide if you wish. Q Q Q Q 13 How much do I need to pay for applying for a renovation permit? HDB does not charge any fee on the flat owners for the processing of the renovation permit.Q 12 Can I engage an interior design company who is not an HDB registered renovation contractor to renovate my flat? For the interior design works. flat owners are required to engage a BCA approved window contractor to carry out the window installation/replacement works. The registered renovation contractor is required to apply for a renovation permit for certain items and carry out the renovation items in accordance with the guidelines/conditions governing the items as set out in the guidelines for building and sanitary works in HDB flats. some town councils provide haulage and debris removal services for renovation works. HDB flat owners are responsible for maintaining the fixtures and fittings.