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Applying to Resume Construction Works

Updated on 28 October

[Added on 10 August]
I am a subcontractor working in a construction site. Do I need to obtain BCA’s approval for all my workers before they are allowed to commence works?

For a sub-contractor to carry out works on construction sites, an approval to resume works is required. Sub-contractors are to provide the main contractors with workers’ details for the main contractors to include in the application to resume works. If you require any clarification on whether your workers have received approval to work on the construction site, please check with your main contractor.

[Added on 10 August]
I am a new company formed after 10 August 2020 employing foreign workers registered under the “Construction Account” with the Ministry of Manpower (“Workers”).  Do I need to apply separately for permission to start work
?

No, you do not need to apply separately, except that the current permission does not apply to work performed at construction sites and supply work premises.  Please see A1 if you are deploying your workers to perform work at construction sites.

[Updated on 13 August]
My firm is in the business of supply works. Am I required to obtain BCA’s approval before I can deploy my workers to work at supply works premise?

Yes. Firms in the business of supply works are required to obtain BCA’s approval before they are allowed to work at supply works premises. Supply work premises refer to:
(a)       Conventional precast concrete yard
(b)       Integrated construction and prefabrication hub (ICPH)
(c)       Prefabricated prefinished volumetric construction (PPVC) fit-out factory
(d)       Prefabricated bathroom unit (PBU) fit-out factory
(e)       Prefabricated mechanical, electrical and plumbing factory
(f)        Ready-mixed concrete (RMC) plant
(g)       Sand and aggregate terminal

Firms can apply for the resumption of supply works here: https://go.gov.sg/bca-construction-supply

[Added on 10 August]
Some of my workers (e.g. Group 1) were approved to work in a construction site before. With this, will my other workers (e.g. Group 2), who were previously not approved by BCA, be able to work in a construction site?

No, the approval to enter construction sites will not apply to your Group 2 workers. In order to work in the same construction site with your Group 1 workers, the main contractor will need to submit the names of your Group 2 workers to BCA for approval.

To do so, the main contractor should update BCA via https://go.gov.sg/bca-construction-supply. When updating:
(a)  Choose “Modification of Previously Approved Application”
(b)  Quote the previously approved FormSG Application number
(c)  Resubmit all documents, including the list of the previously approved workers, as the resubmission will supersede the earlier approval

[Updated on 13 August]
How do I check if my construction project or DfMA factory/ready-mixed concrete plant/sand and aggregate terminal (Supply Works Premises) can resume works?

Main Contractors of Construction Projects or Owners of Supply Works can apply for approval via https://go.gov.sg/bca-construction-supply for all workforce deployed (including subcontractors’ workforce).

[Updated on 10 August]
Who is supposed to apply to BCA for approval?

For Construction Projects, a joint application form endorsed by the Developer and Main Contractor should be submitted through the Main Contractor of the construction project applying to BCA for the approval to restart. For joint arrangement of main contractors (e.g. Consortium, Joint Venture, etc.), all parties shall collaborate and jointly submit one application. The Main Contractor should also consolidate the information for all works performed by all subcontractors and submit in one application.

The application by the Main Contractor should also include all personnel involved in the Construction Project (e.g. Project Managers, RE/RTO/Qualified Person(s) for site supervision). Visitors to the site should also be included in the application as far as practicably possible.

For Supply Works carried out in Supply Works Premises, the owner should be the party to apply to BCA for approval before works in these factories can restart. The application by the owner should include information of all works performed by the subcontractors at the Supply Works Premises, as well as all personnel involved in the Supply Works (e.g. Project Managers, RE/RTO/Qualified Person(s) for supervision). Visitors to the Supply Works Premises should be included in the application as far as practicably possible. The full listing and details of the COVID-Safe Restart Criteria may be downloaded on BCA’s website at https://go.gov.sg/bca-restart-criteria

How does a confirmation email that employers have updated records with MOM look like? 

Scenario 1:
Employer has updated their employees’ info with MOM within 7 days from the date of application. 
If the application was made between 27 May to 2 June 2020, a sample of the successful updates of workers information on MOM website is appended below:
scenario 1
Scenario 2:
Employer has no updates to their employees’ info. 
If the application was made between 27 May to 2 June 2020, a sample of the log in to the “Online Foreign Workers Address Service (OFWAS)” is appended below:
scenario2

[Updated on 10 August]
I want to start on building works that does not require a permit from BCA (i.e. Insignificant Building Works). Do I need to apply to BCA to commence these works

You will need to apply if you are performing insignificant building works (IBW) within a Construction Project site (with e-Corenet Project reference number). These works should be applied to start under the Main Contractor’s application to Restart for the whole Construction Project.

For insignificant building works performed outside a construction project, no application is required to be made to  BCA to restart such works. Companies which employ foreign workers registered under the Construction Account with MOM, and which have not yet been approved as of 10 Aug 2020, can resume work (refer to circular here) without application to BCA for approval

[Updated 7 August] 
I have already obtained BCA’s approval to resume works at one of my projects/Supply Works Premises. Will I be able to proceed with works on all my projects/ DfMA factories

No. For construction projects, the approval granted by BCA to resume works is project specific.

Similarly, for supply works, the approval granted by BCA to resume works is also specific to each Supply Works Premise.

For site activities as indicated in Annex A of BCA Advisory dated 2 May 2020 (e.g. site maintenance, site safety, vector control, instrumentation & monitoring) at construction project sites not yet allowed to be restarted, the approval will be specific to the project locations and works indicated in the approval granted by BCA.

[Updated on 2 August]
My application to restart Construction Projects/Supply works has been approved by BCA earlier but I now have changes to the documents that were submitted. Do I need to inform BCA?

If there are any changes to details of approved workers (changes in accommodation, workers to be added or removed from the site), you should update BCA via https://go.gov.sg/bca-construction-supply. When updating:
(a) Choose “Modification of Previously Approved Application”
(b) Quote the previously approved FormSG Application numbe
(c) Resubmit all documents, including the list of the previously approved workers, as the resubmission will supersede the earlier approval.

If there are changes to the work schedule and layout plans submitted without changes to the approved workers, please keep the current documents on site for BCA’s audit.

[Added on 28 October]
I am unable to upload my latest safe accommodation and transport plan in the COVID-safe restart application. What should I do?

As we understand that your workers’ accommodation and transport plans are dynamic and there will be changes as the project progresses, from 28 Oct 2020 onwards, you do not need to submit your COVID-safe accommodation and transport plans plan in your COVID-safe restart application. However, you shall maintain a current version of your COVID-safe accommodation and transport plan on site, for BCA’s safety assessors to audit, if needed. Please download the PowerPoint Template of the COVID-safe accommodation and transport plans from the following link: https://go.gov.sg/bca-safe-accommodation-transport-submission.

[Updated on 15 June]
I am constructing on-site living quarters for my site but not starting other parts of the project, do I need to obtain BCA’s approval first before constructing the on-site quarters? 

Yes. Construction of on-site quarters alone without starting other parts of the project would also need BCA’s approval to start work from 2 June 2020, similar to any other construction project. For more information on MOM’s requirements for housing please visit: https://www.mom.gov.sg/passes-and-permits/work-permit-for-foreign-worker/housing/various-types-of-housing.

[Updated on 10 August]
Can pre-construction site activities, e.g. soil investigation, land surveyance, cable detection, trial trenching, environmental and traffic studies for new Construction Projects be carried out or do the requirements for Construction Projects have to be fully complied with?

Works that take place during the pre-construction phase, including soil investigation, land surveyance, cable detection, trial trenching, environmental and traffic studies can be carried out . Companies which employ foreign workers registered under the Construction Account with MOM, and which have not yet been approved as of 10 Aug 2020, can resume work (refer to circular here) without application to BCA for approval.

[Updated on 10 August]
My company had received approval from BCA to restart construction account works (not within construction sites) with some workers after 2 June 2020. Do I need to inform BCA of additional manpower that I plan to deploy?

BCA permits all companies which employ foreign workers registered under the Construction Account with MOM, and which have not yet been approved as of 10 Aug 2020, to resume work (refer to circular here). Companies that had previously received approval from BCA to restart construction account works with some workers and now wish to deploy additional workers who are construction work permit or S-pass holders before deployment, do not need to seek BCA’s approval again for these additional workers.

Companies carrying out construction account works must ensure compliance with COVID-Safe Workforce and COVID-Safe Worker Accommodation and Transport Restart Criteria for the construction Work Permit and S Pass holders that they employ, as well as prevailing requirements on Safe Management Measures from MOM. All workers are also required to attend training to be familiarised with COVID safe management measures before restarting work. More details are available at www.bcaa.edu.sg/BESafe.

[Updated on 13 June]
From 2 June 2020, what must I do to resume work in my HQ office, outside of construction sites, using my employees who are not construction sector WP or S-pass holders (i.e. SC/PR, EP, non-construction sector WP/S-pass)?

From 2 June 2020, can I provide services (e.g. maintenance of equipment, repairs & rectifications, delivery/ receiving of materials) using my employees who are not construction sector WP or S-pass holders (i.e. SC/PR, EP, non-construction sector WP/S-pass)? 

Resumption of administrative works in corporate offices, works on non-construction sites (e.g. maintenance of equipment, repairs & rectifications, delivery/receiving of materials) do not require approval from BCA so long as such works do not deploy construction account work permit holders (WPHs) and S-pass holders. Nonetheless, telecommuting should be adopted to the maximum extent feasible. Those who have been working from home so far should continue to do so.

From 2 Jun, before commencing such works outside of construction sites not using construction account WPHs and S-pass holders, you must apply and obtain MTI’s approval for a general or time-limited exemption on MTI’s website https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg.

Do I have to include the details of part-time site personnel in my application to resume Construction Projects/Supply Works Premises?

Yes, all personnel involved in the Construction Project/Supply Works (part-time or full-time) should be included in your application. In the application form, under the “Construction and Supply Main Submission” section, you may fill in the excel form with details of all personnel involved in the Construction Project/Supply Works and indicate if the personnel is working full-time or part-time on site or in the Supply Works Premise. Qualified Persons and site supervisors such as REs and RTOs should also be included in the application.  

[Updated on 13 August]
Is there a limit on the number of workers in my application to resume building works?

Though there is no limit on the number of workers in the application, if more than 1 activity is carried out at any given time, workers are to be segregated into teams and work in designated zones place to reduce physical interaction and ensure safe distancing at worksite. For small projects (≤ $3 mil) where the sites tend to be of smaller floor areas, the number of on-going activities should be limited to minimise physical interaction so as to observe Safe Management Measures.

[Added on 10 August]
How can I apply for resumption for works on carrying out defect rectification during Defect Liability Period (DLP)

Defect rectification during DLP may be carried out for construction projects which have attained TOP. Companies which employ foreign workers registered under the Construction Account with MOM, and which have not yet been approved as of 10 Aug 2020, can resume work (refer to circular here) without application to BCA for approval. 

[Added on 29 June]
Do I need to obtain approval from BCA to erect a tentage?

For those who intend to erect any tentage, they will be required to apply for a Permit To Use (PTU) from BCA if the proposed tentage meets any of the following conditions

a)    Used for a duration exceeding 60 days;
b)    Area of which exceeding 2000sqm; or
c)    Span of any element of tentage exceeds 18m

Otherwise, a PTU from BCA can be exempted.

For tentages that requires a PTU, companies are also required to fulfill the COVID-Safe restart criteria and make the necessary submission to BCA under  “Construction Projects” prior to the commencement of works.  For tentages that are exempted from a PTU, companies are required to fulfill the COVID-Safe Workforce and COVID-Safe Accommodation & Transport criteria and make the necessary submission to BCA under  “Construction Account Works” prior to the commencement of works

Companies can use the self-check tool (https://go.gov.sg/bca-project-readiness) to assess whether their project can meet the required COVID-Safe restart criteria

[Updated on 10 August]
My company needs to deploy personnel to perform ad-hoc works (e.g. emergency repair works) at Construction Projects. Do I need to include my workers in the Main Contractor’s application?

For workers to be deployed on an ad-hoc or emergency basis at a construction site that has obtained approval for restart, the Main Contractor of the Construction Project do not need to submit a modification to the earlier approved application The Main Contractor is to ensure that these personnel entering the site register using SafeEntry NRIC at entrance and exit. These personnel will also need to be accompanied by the SMO/SDO at site and the SMO/SDO are to ensure that they do not interact with the rest of the workers in the construction site.

For construction sites not yet restarted, individual companies who wish to continue Construction Site Activities for site maintenance, such as maintenance of safety of heavy equipment (e.g. tower cranes) as laid out in Annex A of BCA’s Advisory (https://go.gov.sg/bca-advisory-construction-industry), should obtain prior approval via: https://go.gov.sg/bca-essential-site-activities if they wish to deploy any Construction Work Permit or S-Pass holder in their works..

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