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Other Types of Buildings

The insignificant building works for the types of buildings other than landed houses, agriculture and livestock buildings are illustrated in this page.

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Air-Conditioning Unit

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

12.   All air-conditioning works.

Homeowners must engage trained air-conditioning unit installers to ensure that the installation of the air-conditioning units is carried out properly.

Stainless steel brackets must be used to support the air-conditioning units and the structural supporting system must satisfy the specifications stipulated in the Building Control Regulations.

The trained air-conditioning unit installer shall submit an installation report upon completion of the installation to BCA for air-conditioning units that are installed in a non-HDB flat, or to HDB for air-conditioning units that are installed in an HDB flat.

A trained installer is an individual who has passed a training course for installing air-conditioning supports at the BCA Academy.

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Balcony

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

1.   Building works carried out for or in connection with —

(n)   the enclosing of any sides of a balcony, yard or terrace with windows and glass panels in residential buildings.

The enclosing of any sides of a balcony, yard or terrace is only permissible provided that there is an existing and approved cover above the space. If the enclosing involves the erection of a cover above, submission of plans to BCA is required to carry out this work.

The enclosing of the balcony, yard or terrace shall comprise window and glass panels only. No wall shall be erected to enclose the space. If the enclosing involves the erection of a wall, submission of plans to BCA is required to carry out this work.

Full height window and glass panels are deemed to be barriers, and submission of plans to BCA is required to carry out this work.

URA has mandatory requirements pertaining to the enclosure of a balcony. We advise owners to refer to and abide by URA’s requirements before installing such enclosures.

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Boundary wall

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

1.   Building works carried out for or in connection with —

(c)   any boundary wall, boundary fence or gate.

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Cantilevered Lightweight Roof

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

1.   Building works carried out for or in connection with —

(e)   any awning, windowhood or cantilevered roof constructed of lightweight material, or glass not exceeding a thickness of 13 millimetres, and having a horizontal projection not exceeding 3,000 millimetres.

There have been instances where owners of non-landed residential units and commercial developments enclosing the space below such roofs to create sheltered spaces. The creation of such spaces without an approval by BCA is not permitted.

URA has requirements pertaining to the erection of such shelters (partially opened or enclosed — abutting a building— or shelters over an opening within the building). We advise owners to refer to and abide by URA’s requirements before installing such structures.

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Door

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

2.   Replacement or changing of windows and doors.

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Gate

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

1.   Building works carried out for or in connection with —

(c)   any boundary wall, boundary fence or gate.

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Height Restriction Gantry

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

1.   Building works carried out for or in connection with —

(k)   any height restriction gantry.

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Loft

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

1.   Building works carried out for or in connection with —

(v)   any loft that —

(i)    has only timber flooring; and

(ii)   does not exceed an area of 5 square metres.

Open-Sided Shelter / Pavilion

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

1.   Building works carried out for or in connection with —

(f)   any single storey open-sided shelter, gazebo and the like (whether erected on the ground or on a roof), not exceeding an area of 10 square metres.

The “area” refers to the floor area below the coverage of the roof or the floor area occupied by the structure, whichever is larger.

URA has mandatory requirements pertaining to the erection of open-sided shelter / pavilions. We advise owners to refer to and abide by URA’s requirements before installing such structures.

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Railing / Balustrade

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

1.   Building works carried out for or in connection with —

(s)   the replacement or reinstatement of any railing, balustrade or similar barrier constructed of any material other than non-laminated glass, using the same material, design and fixing details.

The “non-laminated glass” refers to glass other than laminated glass.

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Single Storey Detached Structure

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

1.   Building works carried out for or in connection with —

(fb)   any single storey detached booth, covered walkway, kiosk, guardhouse, bin centre, and the like, at the ground level, not exceeding an area of 10 square metres.

The “area” refers to the floor area below the coverage of the roof or the floor area occupied by the structure, whichever is larger.

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Trellis

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

1.   Building works carried out for or in connection with —

(fa)   any trellis.

URA has mandatory requirements pertaining to the erection of trellis. We advise owners to refer to and abide by URA’s requirements before installing such structures.

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Window

The following building works are considered insignificant building works:

2.   Replacement or changing of windows and doors.

Owners are required to make a submission of plans to BCA for any window that is used as a barrier to prevent people from falling from heights (i.e. from a vertical drop of a height of 1.0m or more).

The installation of windows is to be carried out by an approved window contractor registered with the BCA Contractors Registry under the Regulation Workhead (RW01 – Window Contractors) or a licensed builder.

Please click here for more information on window installation.

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