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Is there training for CORENET X?

The training for CORENET X on topics such as RABW and IFC-SG has started. For more information and registration of training, please click here.

Where can I find the materials of past CORENET X events and webinars?

Click here for past events and webinars.

Onboarding CORENET X

Can I start submitting projects via CORENET X?

CORENET X is ready to accept submissions of landed houses going through the Direct Submission Process. It can currently support:
  • New erection / reconstruction of landed houses not exceeding 3 levels
  • Single unit on single plot of land
  • Not located within Railway Protection Zone and does not involve construction of new roads
Interested project teams can indicate their interest as Beta users here. We will get in touch with you to assess the project suitability and guide you through the submission.

I am interested in participating in the voluntary phase ahead of the mandatory submission via CORENET X. Are there any pre-requisites to fulfil before I can participate in the voluntary phase?

Project teams who are keen to participate in the voluntary phase will need to be familiar with the following:

  • New Regulatory Approval for Building Works (i.e. the 3 Gateway process)
  • CORENET X Code of Practice, which details the requirements under each gateway
  • IFC-SG format, which is the openBIM format adopted by CORENET X
To assess your readiness for IFC-SG, you can prepare an IFC-SG model based on the CORENET X Code of Practice and conduct a self-check of its completeness using the IFC-SG validator tools available in the IFC-SG Resource Toolkit.

New Projects

What are considered new projects?

New projects refer to projects that have not commenced application for Planning Permission to URA or application for Development Control from any of the regulatory agencies (e.g. LTA, NEA, NParks, PUB).

Ongoing Projects

What will happen to the approvals that were obtained under CORENET 2.0?

Agencies’ approvals that have already been issued under CORENET 2.0 will remain valid. Works that have commenced on site based on approvals obtained under CORENET 2.0 can continue and the relevant permits issued will remain valid. Project teams will only need to apply for the outstanding approvals under the respective Gateways.

Do I have to restart the whole approval process in CORENET X all the way from Design Gateway?

No. You will only need to obtain the outstanding approvals from respective agencies at the relevant Gateway. There is no need to reobtain any approvals previously obtained under CORENET 2.0.

Do I have to remodel everything in IFC-SG format?

No. CORENET X can support both BIM and non-BIM projects, albeit under the new process. To facilitate transition, openBIM requirements (i.e. IFC-SG), will not be imposed on ongoing projects as it will require a lot of effort from the QPs to remodel the submissions.

Potential Impact on Project

The new regulatory process focuses on upstream design coordination to minimise downstream works. However, this is going to lead to longer period before sales may launch and works may commence. What can be done to minimise delays to projects?

To avoid delays to commencement of work, the new regulatory process allows an optional Piling Gateway to allow projects to commence piling works ahead of obtaining the full clearance at Construction Gateway. This inclusion was made after considering the various suggestions from various stakeholders through various workshops and engagement sessions with the industry.

The new regulatory process calls for greater upstream design coordination across various consultants. While this potentially improves productivity by avoiding downstream design / construction re-work, it will possibly mean commencement of sales and building works may be delayed. Particularly in the initial phases when the industry is still trying to adjust to the new regulatory workflows and requirements. Have the authorities considered the impact on Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) remission timelines for housing developers?

Agencies acknowledge the industry’s concerns that a transition period is required for stakeholders to adjust to the new systems and processes. To facilitate the transition, the ABSD remission timeline will be extended by 6-months, for the commencement and completion of residential development, and sale of housing units in residential development projects in relation to the remission of the ABSD for qualifying licensed housing developers. Projects must meet the following criteria:
  1. Projects must entirely undergo the CORENET X approval process for building works (i.e. submit and secure clearance for Design and Construction Gateways) to qualify for the extension;
  2. The first submission must be made during the transition period from 18 Dec 2023 to 31 Dec 2025; and
  3. Projects must have a minimum of 6 months left of its 2-year ABSD remission timeline for the commencement of development, at the point when the first submission is made under the CORENET X approval process for building works. For example, if a project’s ABSD remission timeline requires residential development to commence by 31 Dec 2024, the submission is to be made prior to 1 Jul 2024 to be eligible for the extension in the ABSD remission timeline.
Queries regarding the ABSD remission timeline for housing developers can be addressed to IRAS via myTax Mail on myTax Portal (https://mytax.iras.gov.sg/ESVWeb/default.aspx).

Since the new regulatory process may possibly mean the commencement of building works may be delayed, have the authorities considered the impact on the Project Completion Period (PCP) timelines?

To facilitate the transition to the new systems and processes, the PCP timeline will be extended by 6-months for qualifying residential, commercial and industrial development projects. These include residential, commercial and industrial development projects on Government sale sites, or on land which was directly alienated or had their lease renewed by the Singapore Land Authority (SLA), residential development projects under the Qualifying Certificate (QC) regime and other RPA approvals requiring the completion of all units in a residential development for foreign housing developers.

To qualify for the PCP extension, projects must meet the following criteria:
  1. Projects must entirely undergo the CORENET X approval process for building works (i.e. submit and secure clearance for Design & Construction Gateway) to qualify for the extension; and
  2. The first submission must be made during the transition period from 18 Dec 2023 to 31 Dec 2025.
Queries regarding the PCP timeline / QC regime can be addressed to the respective Land Sales Agents (i.e. URA, HDB and JTC), SLA’s Land Transfer and Land Sales (LTSD) for directly alienated or had lease renewed by the SLA, and SLA’s Land Dealings Approval Unit (LDAU) at SLA_LDU@sla.gov.sg for sites under the QC regime.

Will submissions made prior to 18 Dec 2023 qualify for the extensions to the ABSD remission timeline and the Project Completion Period (PCP)?

Submissions made prior to 18 Dec 2023 may not entirely undergo the CORENET X approval process for building works and cannot qualify for the extensions. For voluntary submissions made prior to 18 Dec 2023 under the CORENET X approval process for building works, the BCA/URA team will provide guidance to the project team.

Can developers appeal for further extensions to the ABSD remission timelines or Project Completion Period (PCP) timelines?

Stamp Duty for ABSD, Extension Charge, or Extension premium for PCP cannot be waived in general. Requests for further extensions will be considered by the authorities on a case-by-case basis.

For feedback or enquiry related to CORENET X, please complete the form here.

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