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Application for Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP)

You need a Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) or Certificate of Statutory Completion (CSC) to occupy a building.

A Certificate of Statutory Completion (CSC) is issued when a development complied with all statutory requirements under the Building Control Act & Regulations and has obtained all necessary clearances from the technical departments (e.g. URA, LTA, NParks, SCDF, PUB, NEA). At times, the development may have outstanding issues with the other technical agencies but has nonetheless fulfilled the requirements / clearances suitable for occupation. In such circumstances, a Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) may be issued in lieu of CSC.

How to request for Joint Site Inspection

Steps

Description

How to apply

Qualified Person

  • log on the TOP/CSC Portal
  • select the project for TOP site inspection
  • select the date of TOP inspection
  • submit the Certificate of Supervision of Building Works (Form BPD_CSC02 or e-form BCA-CSC-CSPBW) and Declaration by Qualified Person for the Application of TOP/CSC for Building works (Form BPD_CSC07 or e-form BCA-CSC-CSCDQP) 3 days before the date of inspection

Express TOP inspection

Qualified Person

  • log on the TOP/CSC Portal
  • select the project for TOP site inspection
  • select the date of TOP inspection (up to the next 4 days from the date of application)
  • payment of $3,000
  • submit the Certificate of Supervision of Building Works (Form BPD_CSC02 or e-form BCA-CSC-CSPBW) and Declaration by Qualified Person for the Application of TOP/CSC for Building works
    (Form BPD_CSC07 or e-form BCA-CSC-CSCDQP) 3 days before the date of inspection

How to apply for TOP

How to apply

Submit the following documents via TOP/CSC Portal or CORENET e-Submission System:

  • Compliance to Written Advice issued after site inspection with BCA
  • Certificate of Supervision of Building Works (Form BCA-CSC-CSPBW)
  • Declaration by Qualified Person (Form BCA-CSC-TOPCSCDQP)
  • As-built Plans, Test Reports and Certificate of Supervision of Lightning Protection System (Form BCA-CSC-CSPLP or BPD_CSC03)
  • Certificate of Supervision of Installation of Escalators/ Lifts/ Stair lift/ Platform lift (Form BCA-CSC-CSPLE or BPD_CSC04) and Permit to Operate (PTO) in development 
  • Certificate of Supervision of Air-conditioning/Mechanical Ventilation System (Form BCA-CSC-CSPACMVS or BPD_CSC05)
  • Certificate of Supervision of Piling Works and Notice of Completion (Form BCA-BE-QPCTPW or BEV C1)
  • Certificate of Supervision of Structural Works (Form BCA-BE-QPCTSSW or BEV C2)
  • Certificate of Record Structural Plans/Calculations (Form BCA-BE-CTASST or BEV C3)
  • Builder's Certificate of Completion of Building Works (Form BCA-BE-BRCTBW or BC/BC)
  • A copy of “Annex A” – Listing of Engineered Façade Submission
  • A copy of "Annex A"- Listing of Safety Barrier Submission
  • Clearance on the as-built Buildability/ Constructability score (Form BCA-BP-BS03 or BPD_BS03, Form BEV-CS01)
  • Clearance on the as-built GM score (Forms BPD_GM02 + BPD_GM02_Appendix 2)
  • Commissioning approval for the CD shelters (Form BCA-CD-COMM01)

Clearances from the following technical departments:

  • PUB – Drainage and Sewerage
  • NEA – Pollution Control and Environmental Health
  • FSSD – Fire Safety
  • LTA – Road & Transport
  • LTA – Vehicle Parking
  • LTA – MRTC line
  • NParks
  • URA
  • EMA (for residential development with 10 units or more)
  • Fibre Readiness Certificate
  • CAAS and DSTA – Height Control

Circulars to note:

  1. Tuesday, 15 December 2020 Circular on Changes to Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) / Certificate of Statutory Completion (CSC) Application Process
  2. Friday, 29 January 2021 BCA Circular: Inter-Agency Coordinating Committee (IACC) - Building Works not Requiring Agencies' Clearances for TOP/CSC
  3. Wednesday, 1 December 2021 Circular on Changes To Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) Application Process For Simple Commuter Facility Infrastructures Developed By LTA

How to apply for Express TOP

The TOP can be obtained within one working day through Express TOP, a fast-track system.

Requirements

  • Meet all the TOP requirements
  • Compliance certificates from key technical departments or TOP/CSC for the works
  • QP confirms and certifies compliance with BCA requirements spelt out in the written directions from the BCA following the site inspection  

How to apply

Consultants should inform the TOP officer before or during the application of TOP that the application is for Express TOP. 

Fee

  • Major project: $1,000
  • Minor project: $500 
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