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Renovation Works FAQs

Updated on 7 September

Applications on Resumption of Renovation Works
[Updated on 10 August]
My company had not applied to BCA to restart renovation works. Do I have to apply to BCA before carrying out any renovation works in the future? 

With effect from 10 August 2020, all companies that employ construction Work Permit and S Pass holders performing renovation works (at non-construction sites) will be permitted to resume work. No further application is needed.

Construction sector S Pass and Work Permit holders can resume work if their AccessCode is shown as “Green” in MOM’s SGWorkPass app.

[Updated on 10 August]
My company only employs Singaporeans and Permanent residents. Do I need to seek BCA’s approval before restarting renovation work? 

Companies employing only Singaporeans and Permanent residents do not need to apply to BCA, but will need to apply to MTI at https://go.gov.sg/generalexemption and highlight clearly that the work carried out does not deploy S-Pass, Work Permit holders from the Construction sector and are not performed within construction sites.

[Updated on 10 August]
My company has previously obtained an approval from BCA to resume renovation works. Do I need to make another application to BCA if I wish to undertake new renovation projects or if I intend to deploy additional construction sector S Pass and Work Permit holders?

No. With effect from 10 August 2020, companies are not required to apply to BCA for renovation works (non-construction sites).

[Updated on 10 August]
My approval from BCA does not state the renovation sites or workers. How do we know which worksites or workers are permitted to work? 

With effect from 10 August 2020, all companies that employ construction Work Permit and S Pass holders are permitted to resume renovation works (at non-construction sites). Therefore, companies can proceed to carry out all renovation works without the need for further application. Workers are allowed to start work if the AccessCode is shown as “Green” in MOM’s SGWorkPass app.

[Updated on 10 August]
Are companies carrying out renovation works required to provide a copy of BCA’s approval/application to resume renovation works at MCST developments/ commercial properties?

No. With effect from 10 August 2020, all companies that employ Construction Work Permit and S-Pass Holders performing renovation works (at non-construction sites) are permitted to resume work. No further application is needed.

Construction sector S Pass and Work Permit holders can resume work if their AccessCode is shown as “Green” in MOM’s SGWorkPass app.


Access Code
[Updated on 10 August]
My company has been permitted to restart renovation works but the AccessCode for my workers is still shown as “Red” on the SGWorkPass app. Can we resume works?

Workers are only allowed to start work if the AccessCode is shown as “Green”. Please use MOM”s SGWorkPass app or Safe@Work e-service to ascertain the reason for the “Red” status.

[Added on 10 August]
The AccessCode statuses of all / some of my workers do not show that they are “Approved to Start Work”. How can I alert BCA?

If your workers’ AccessCode statuses do not show “Approved to Start Work” after 13 August 2020, please let us know via email BCA_SafeWorkForce@bca.gov.sg with the following details:

  • Company Name (as registered in ACRA)
  • Unique Entity Number (UEN) of the Company
  • Workers’ Full Name and FIN
  •  

    Swab Tests
    [Updated on 13 June]
    Would Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Employment Pass holders need to be tested for COVID-19 before they carry out renovation works? Do they need to be tested regularly as well?

    Singapore Citizens/ Permanent Residents/ Employment Pass holders do not need to be tested before they resume renovation works and also do not require periodic COVID testing unless they also work at a construction site.

    [Updated on 10 August]
    Do my workers who are construction Work Permit and S Pass holders need to be tested for COVID-19 before they carry out renovation works? Do they need to be tested regularly as well?

    All construction Work Permit and S Pass holders can proceed to carry out renovation works outside construction sites if their AccessCode status is “Green” as shown in MOM’s SGWorkPass app, while waiting for their swab test appointments.

    Employers must make arrangements for their workers, who are  construction sector S Pass and Work Permit holders, to undergo swab tests through the online Swab Registration System at https://swab.hpb.gov.sg/ext/login.aspx. Employers can create an account at https://go.gov.sg/reg-srs-acc if this is not already done. Information on the online Swab Registration System can be found at https://go.gov.sg/bca-circular-srs.

    For workers staying in non-dormitories (e.g. HDB flats or private residential premises), employers have to make arrangements for these persons to undergo swab tests through the online Swab Registration System within 14 days from the firm being permitted to resume work.

    For workers staying in dormitories, employers are required to make arrangements for these persons to undergo periodic swab tests through the online Swab Registration System after their dormitories are cleared by the Inter agency Task Force, and confirmed with the dorm operator that they have updated MOM with the latest worker information in the cleared dormitory’s nominal rolls.

    All construction workers (be it those residing in private residential / HDB premises or those in the cleared dormitories) will continue to be subject to periodic COVID-19 testing after they start work. If there are positive cases detected through the tests, the affected worker(s) will have to stop work immediately, and his close contacts will all be quarantined. Workers who fail to fulfil the regular swab test requirement will also not be permitted to continue working and their AccessCode may be turned “Red”.


    Covid-Safe Restart Criteria and Safe Management Measures
    [Updated on 24 June]
    If my renovation project involves more than one team of contractors, are they allowed to work at the same renovation site at the same time? 

    Different teams of contractors (main or sub-contractors) can carry out their respective work within the same renovation site, at the same time and day. However, all personnel on site must observe safe management measures such as clear physical distancing, wearing of masks and must avoid socialising or congregating in groups.

    The application of safe management measures will vary depending on the renovation site. Employers should assess and evaluate the measures that must be taken to ensure safe distancing and ensure that the risk of COVID-19 spread at workplaces is minimised for their workers. This may include additional measures such as having staggered rest, arrival and exit timings to minimise interactions between workers from different companies.

    [Updated on 24 June]
    Is there a limit to the number of migrant workers a company can deploy at each renovation site?

    Contractors should deploy a minimal number of workers at renovation workplaces and must ensure that Ministry of Manpower’s Safe Management Measures at workplaces are complied with at renovation workplaces to mitigate the risk of community transmission. All personnel on site must observe safe management measures such as clear physical distancing, wearing of masks and must avoid socialising or congregating in groups.

    Who is responsible for implementing the COVID-Safe and Safe Management Measures in the unit undergoing renovation?  The owner or the renovation contractor?

    All contractors (including sub-contractors) performing works are responsible for implementing the measures in the unit.

    For renovations which are partially done and tenants/owners are staying in the house, would any additional rules apply?

    Workers are required to adhere to Safe Distancing Measures at all times, regardless whether there are occupants in the house.

    Do companies carrying out renovation works need to apply for SafeEntry?

    Contractors must ensure that the Ministry of Manpower’s safe management measures at workplaces are complied with at renovation workplaces to mitigate the risk of community transmission (https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/requirements-for-safe-management-measures), including using SafeEntry to record the entry of all personnel (including employees and visitors) . Where applicable, contractors are also expected to apply for the necessary permission from HDB or MCSTs for any renovations works and display notices where required.

    FAQs for SafeEntry can be found at https://support.safeentry.gov.sg/hc/en-us

    [Updated on 10 August] 
    Can 
    renovation companies deploy both local and foreign workers to the same renovation project?

    Yes. Companies are reminded to comply with the Ministry of Manpower’s safe management measures at workplaces after Circuit Breaker period as detailed in MOM’s advisory at https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/requirements-for-safe-management-measures.

    [Added on 7 September
    Can I deploy my workers who are working on construction sites to do renovation works at non-construction sites such as renovation projects?

    MOM’s requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace does not encourage cross-deployment of workers on general workplaces. However, if cross-deployment cannot be avoided, additional safeguards (e.g. staggered work hours and segregated work and rest areas) must be taken to minimise the risk of cross infection. These workers must comply with the relevant safe worksite and safe accommodation guidelines in BCA’s COVID-Safe Restart criteria, which can be accessed here.


    Training
    [Updated on 10 August]
    Do all renovation personnel need to attend training?  Which course are the workers required to attend? How to register for the course?
    Can my workers resume works before completing the ‘COVID-Safe Training for Workers’ course?

    For renovation works, Construction Work Permit and S Pass holders must attend and pass the ‘COVID-Safe Training for Workers’ course. They may start work while completing the course within 4 weeks from the time the firm is permitted to resume work.

    Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Employment Pass holders, as well as Admin personnel do not need to attend the training.

    The ‘COVID-Safe Training for Workers’ is conducted online. There is no need to schedule training sessions with BCA, and workers can attend the course at their own time and pace. The course is free of charge and is offered in English with voice-over in five other languages (Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, Bengali and Burmese). The course material consists of mainly illustrations and animation for ease of understanding. To register for the course, please visit go.gov.sg/BESafe-Register.

    For more information about the course, please visit bcaa.edu.sg/BESafe.

    [Updated on 13 June]
    Do renovation personnel need to attend the Safe Management Officer Course for Construction? 

    Renovation personnel are not required to attend the “Safe Management Officers Course for Construction”. Safe Management Officer Course for Construction is required for Safe Management Officers (SMOs) and Safe Distancing Officers (SDOs) deployed on construction sites to meet the COVID-Safe Worksite criteria. 

    Other Types of Works
    [Updated on 10 August]
    Do renovation contractors need to apply to HDB for a permit to resume renovation works at HDB premises? 

    Companies performing renovation works in HDB flats and commercial units must ensure that they have a valid renovation permit issued by HDB (for works that require one).

    • For renovations in HDB flats – HDB’s Application for Renovation Permit via Electronic Transaction (APEX) system.
    • For renovations in HDB commercial units – CORENET.

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