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Requirements for a Licence
Q1: Who needs to apply for a Housing Developer's Licence?
Q2: When do I have to apply for a licence?
Q3: What are the types of licence?
Q4: What are the requirements for a sale licence?
Q5: What track record is acceptable by the Controller for the issue of a sale licence?
Q6: What are the requirements for a no-sale licence?
Q7: Can I apply for separate licences for each phase of a phased development?
Q8: What if I am not the legal owner of the land under development?
 
Applying for a Licence
Q9: How do I apply for a licence?
Q10: What are the supporting documents I have to submit with my licence application?
Q11: How much is the licence fee?
Q12: How long does it take for a licence application to be processed?
 
Complying With Licence Conditions
Q13: When can I start to sell the units?
Q14: What is the validity period of a licence?


Applying For A Housing Developer's Licence

Q1:

Who needs to apply for a Housing Developer's Licence?

A:

You need a housing developer's licence if you are:
 
(a) Developing a housing project with more than 4 units (including Executive Condominiums and public housing flats under the Design, Build and Sell Scheme);
 
(b) Developing a mixed residential/commercial project with more than 4 units (e.g. comprising 3 flats and 4 shops);
 
(c) Carrying out addition and alteration work to an existing residential building, such as those that result in an increase in the number of residential units or gross floor area. You are advised to write to the Controller, with details of your development plan, to ascertain if a licence is required;
 
(d) You are providing money to develop a project with more than 4 units and you are not a bank or finance company licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Q2:

When do I have to apply for a licence?

A:

You will need to obtain a licence before you commence construction. You can apply for a licence after you have obtained provisional or written permission under the Planning Act for the housing project.


Q3:

What are the types of licence?

A:

There are two types of licence:
 
(a) A sale licence which allows you to commence construction and start selling the units once you have obtained building plan approval for the housing project;
 
(b) A no-sale licence which only allows you to commence construction. You are not allowed to sell the units in the development. You must apply to the Controller to convert the no-sale licence into a sale licence before you can sell any unit provided you have obtained Temporary Occupation Permit for the development or are able to satisfy the criteria for obtaining a sale licence.

Q4:

What are the requirements for a sale licence?

A:

The requirements for a sale licence are:

For company
applicants
For other applicants
(i.e. group of persons, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, society)
- Directors are not un-discharged bankrupts
- Person(s) whose name(s) appear in application form are not un-discharged bankrupts
- Minimum paid-up capital of S$1 million
- Deposit of S$1 million either in cash or Banker's Guarantee
 
- For a group of persons, a copy of the Agreement (if any) made between the group of persons, duly verified by a statutory declaration
 
- For a society, a copy of the rules or by-laws of the society, duly verified by a statutory declaration
- A copy of the latest audited accounts, verified by a statutory declaration
- Track record as a developer (see Q5 below)
- A valid provisional permission / written permission
- A letter from a financial institution confirming that a Project Account has been opened


Q5:

What track record is acceptable by the Controller for the issue of a sale licence?

A:

Track record considered for the issue of a sale licence includes:
 
(a) Applicant or a director in the company has completed satisfactorily to Temporary Occupation Permit a licensed residential project (5 units and above) within the last 5 years as a developer;
 
(b) Applicant or a director in the company has completed a reasonably sized non-residential project within the last 5 years as a developer, or
 
(c) Applicant has been involved as a builder or architect in a licensed residential project (5 units and above) or a reasonably sized non-residential projects within the last 5 years;
 
(d) Applicant or a director in the company has completed a reasonably sized residential or non-residential project within the last 5 years overseas.
 
Acceptability of the non-residential, overseas projects or non-developer's experience as track records is at the discretion of the Controller. If you have doubts over the acceptability of your track record, you may wish to write in to the Controller of Housing, with details of the projects completed (e.g. number of units, gross floor area, year of completion), to determine if your track record is acceptable for the issue of a sale licence.

Q6:

What are the requirements for a no-sale licence?

A:

The requirements for a no-sale licence are:

For company applicants For other applicants
(i.e. group of persons, partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, society)
- Directors are not un-discharged bankrupts
- Person(s) whose name(s) appear in application form are not un-discharged bankrupts
- Minimum paid-up capital of S$100,000
- For a group of persons, a copy of the Agreement (if any) made between the group of persons, duly verified by a statutory declaration
 
- For a society, a copy of the rules or by-laws of the society, duly verified by a statutory declaration
- A copy of the latest audited accounts, verified by a statutory declaration
- A valid provisional permission / written permission


Q7:

Can I apply for separate licences for each phase of a phased development?

A:

A developer can apply for separate licences for each phase of the development provided the development has been approved by the relevant authorities to be developed in phases. The developer is required to submit the supporting documents in the application, e.g. Written Permission or Building Plan approval for the phased development.


Q8:

What if I am not the legal owner of the land under development?

A:

The landowner and developer are required to apply for the housing developer's licence jointly.
 
If the landowner does not want to be licensed, the developer is required to submit the following documents together with the application:
 
(a) The executed Power of Attorney in which the landowner appoints the developer as the landowner's attorney to develop the land and sell units in the housing project; and
 
(b) The executed Deed of Confirmation in which the two parties confirms that the developer is entitled to carry out the construction of the housing project and the landowner declares that the landowner will, if the developer has sold units in the housing project, transfer the titles in the units sold to the purchasers.
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Applying for a Licence

Q9:

How do I apply for a licence?

A:

To apply for a licence, you need to:
 
(a) Download the application form;
 
(b) Complete the application form;
 
(c) Submit the completed application online, with supporting documents (see Q10). You can also email or post the supporting documents to ura_coh_registry@ura.gov.sg;
 
(d) Post the cheque for licence fee (see Q11), made payable to the "Urban Redevelopment Authority", to:
 
  The Controller of Housing
Urban Redevelopment Authority
45 Maxwell Road
Singapore 069118
 
You can also refer to "Guide to Application for a Housing Developer's Licence" for details.

Q10:

What are the supporting documents I have to submit with my licence application?

A:

You have to submit the following supporting documents with your licence application:

Sale Licence No-sale Licence
- Project Account and Banker's Guarantee
 
  For an application for a sale licence, confirmation letter from the Project Account Bank that a project account has been opened. In lieu of opening of a project account, you can provide a Banker's Guarantee of an amount equivalent to not less than 140% of the total cost of construction of the project together with a certification of the total cost of construction by the architect in charge of the project.
-
- For a person / group of persons / society / partnership / limited liability partnership applying for a sale licence, a Banker's Guarantee of S$1 million.
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Applicant's Information
 
- Society
  A copy of the rules or by-laws duly verified by a statutory declaration by a president or secretary of the society; or
 
- Group of Persons
  A copy of the Agreement, if any, made between the group of persons duly verified by a statutory declaration by a person in the group of persons.
Audited Accounts

A copy of the latest audited accounts duly verified by a statutory declaration. The latest audited account refers to the audited accounts prepared for the immediate past financial year which had just ended.
If the developer is not the landowner, the following documents are required:

a. Power of Attorney

The Power of Attorney shall specify that the landowner appoints the developer as the landowner's attorney to develop the land and sell units in the development, and that the appointment shall be irrevocable until the sale and purchase of all units for the housing development is completed.

b. Deed of Confirmation

The Deed of Confirmation shall specify that the land owner and developer confirm that the developer is entitled to carry out the construction of the housing project. The landowner would also declare that he shall, if the developer has sold units in the housing project, transfer the titles in the units sold to the purchasers.

Q11:

How much is the licence fee?

A:

The fee payable is based on the size of the housing development:

Number of housing unitsFee Payable
Not More Than 10 Units $2,000
11 - 50 Units $4,500
51 - 100 Units $7,500
101 - 200 Units $11,000
201 - 400 Units $14,000
More Than 400 Units $17,000


Q12:

How long does it take for a licence application to be processed?

A:

Once we receive the application, supporting documents and licence fees, you can expect a reply from us within 5 working days via email. If we need more time due to the special circumstances of the case, we will inform you accordingly.

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Complying With Licence Conditions

Q13:

When can I start to sell the units?

A:

You can only start to the residential units in the development if you have obtained:
 
(a) A sale licence from the Controller of Housing. The sale licence has to be obtained prior to commencing construction of the development;
 
(b) Building plan approval for the development from the Commissioner of Building Control under the Building Control Act;
 
(c) If the development is strata-titled, the schedule of strata units for the development must be filed and accepted by the Commissioner of Buildings under the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act.
 
You would also have to ensure that relevant approvals from the various government agencies, e.g. the Land Transport Authority, National Environment Agency and Fire Safety & Shelter Department, are obtained before commencing sale of the units.

Q14:

What is the validity period of a licence?

A:

The licence for private residential developments is valid until the issue of the Certificate of Statutory Completion and the Subsidiary Strata Certificates of Title or Certificates of Title for all the units of the housing project.

For public housing flats under the Design, Build and Sell Scheme, the housing developer's licence is valid until the Certificate of Statutory Completion is issued for the whole development and the strata lease plan is approved by the Chief Surveyor for each and every of the units in the development.


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