Balcony Bonus GFA Scheme

The Balcony Bonus Gross Floor Area (GFA) Scheme rewards developers who work closely with architects, engineers and contractors towards higher construction productivity and higher buildability standards. It allows a bonus GFA beyond the Master Plan Gross Plot Ratio (GPR) for the site, if the stipulated buildable design score and pre-requisite of using Prefabricated Bathroom Units (PBUs) are met.

Effective date
This scheme was implemented from 1 November 2013 and is only applicable to applications submitted to BCA before 1 November 2018. From 1 November 2018, those who wish to tap on the scheme will have to submit their planning applications for bonus GFA directly to URA.

What developments are eligible
Private non-landed residential developments (including executive condominiums) and the residential component of mixed-use projects can apply for the scheme.

How do developers benefit

For Applications Made Before 1 November 2018


Up to 10% additional GFA beyond the Master Plan GPR for balconies.


a. The development must achieve a buildable design score of at least:

  • 90 points for developments with GFA ≥ 25,000 m2
  • 87 points for developments with GFA ≥ 5,000 m2 but less than 25,000 m2
  • 82 points for developments with GFA ≥ 2,000 m2 but less than 5,000 m 2

b. At least 80% of the bathrooms are PBUs.


Applicants will be required to submit documentary evidence to BCA that the development has met all the conditions above, failing which penalties will apply.


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