Building Control Act
(Chapter 29, Section 50)
Building Control (Temporary Buildings) Regulations
Rg 9
REVISED EDITION 1990
(25th March 1992)
[1st May 1989]
Citation
1.  These Regulations may be cited as the Building Control (Temporary Buildings) Regulations.
Application
2.  These Regulations shall apply to any temporary building except for a temporary building specified in the First Schedule.
Erection and occupation of temporary buildings
3.—(1)  No person shall —
(a)erect, or cause or permit to be erected, any temporary building to which these Regulations apply without a permit granted under regulation 4; or
(b)occupy, cause to be occupied or permit the occupation of any such temporary building which he knows or ought reasonably to know is erected in contravention of sub-paragraph (a).
(2)  Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the following temporary buildings:
(a)any worker’s quarters, site office, store, builder’s shed or other shed required in connection with any building works relating to permanent buildings; and
(b)any show-flat or show-house.
[Subst. by S 340/96 wef 15/08/1996]
(3)  Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with paragraph (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
Permit
4.—(1)  An application for a permit to erect a temporary building to which these Regulations apply shall —
(a)be in the form set out in the Second Schedule; and
(b)be accompanied by —
(i)a fee of $10 for every month the proposed temporary building is required;
(ii)where applicable, a copy of the written permission issued by the competent authority under the Planning Act [Cap. 232] together with a set of plans approved by that authority;
(iii)2 sets of plans of the proposed temporary building comprising a key or location plan, a site plan, floor plan and other relevant details;
(iv)where applicable, one set of structural details and calculations prepared and signed by a professional engineer; and
(v)such other documents, particulars or information as the Building Authority may require.
(2)  An application for a permit to erect a temporary building —
(a)which is intended for occupation; or
(b)the erection of which may affect the safety of the public,
shall be furnished on behalf of the applicant by a professional engineer engaged by the applicant under regulation 6.
(3)  The Building Authority may grant a permit subject to such conditions as the Building Authority may consider necessary.
(4)  A permit granted under this regulation shall be valid for the period specified therein for which the temporary building may exist.
Lapsing of permit
5.  A permit granted under regulation 4 in respect of any temporary building shall automatically lapse where any written permission granted by the competent authority under the Planning Act [Cap. 232] in respect of the temporary building lapses.
Requirements in respect of special temporary buildings
6.—(1)  An applicant for a permit to erect a temporary building —
(a)which is intended for occupation; or
(b)the erection of which may effect the safety of the public,
shall engage a professional engineer to design, supervise and inspect the erection of the temporary building.
(2)  The professional engineer engaged by the applicant under paragraph (1) shall —
(a)take all reasonable steps and exercise due diligence in supervising and inspecting the erection of the temporary building to ensure that the building works are carried out in accordance with —
(i)these Regulations;
(ii)the plans and structural details approved by the Building Authority; and
(iii)any term or condition imposed by the Building Authority;
(b)on completion of the temporary building, submit immediately to the Building Authority a certificate of supervision in such form as the Building Authority may require; and
(c)notify the Building Authority of any contravention of the provisions of the Act or the building regulations in connection with the temporary building.
(3)  Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with the requirements of paragraph (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence.
Requirements in respect of temporary buildings.
7.—(1)  A builder who intends to erect any worker’s quarters, site office, store, builder’s shed or other similar type of temporary building comprising 2 storeys or more and required in connection with any building works relating to permanent buildings shall engage a professional engineer to design and supervise the erection of the temporary building.
[Subst. by S 340/96 wef 15/08/1996]
(1A)  An owner who intends to erect any show-flat or show-house comprising 2 storeys or more shall engage a professional engineer to design and supervise the erection of the show-flat or show-house.
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(2)  On completion of the temporary building, the professional engineer engaged under paragraph (1) or (1A) shall furnish the builder or the owner, as the case may be, with all the plans, designs and calculations of the building together with a certificate of inspection and completion in such form as the Building Authority may require.
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(3)  The builder or owner, as the case may be, shall not permit any of the temporary buildings referred to in paragraphs (1) and (1A) to be occupied unless paragraph (2) has been complied with.
[Subst. by S 340/96 wef 15/08/1996]
(4)  The builder or the owner shall —
(a)at all times maintain records of the documents referred to in paragraph (2) at the site of such temporary buildings;
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(b)produce the records referred to in sub-paragraph (a) for inspection when required to do so by the Building Authority; and
(c)forthwith demolish such building on completion of the permanent building or building works in connection with which such building was erected or at any time required by the Building Authority.
[S 340/96 wef 15/08/1996]
(5)  Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with this regulation shall be guilty of an offence.
[Deleted by S 340/96 wef 15/08/1996]
Requirements in respect of workers’ quarters
8.—(1)  The person who erects, causes or permits the erection of the workers’ quarters required in connection with any building works relating to permanent building shall ensure that the workers’ quarters comply with the following:
(a)the height of each storey shall not be less than 2,600 mm;
(b)every room shall be provided with windows or openings having an aggregate area of not less than 10% of the floor area of the room for natural ventilation;
(c)the clear width of any staircase shall be not less than 1,200 mm; and
(d)proper lightning conductors shall be installed.
(1A)  An owner who intends to erect any show-flat or show-house shall ensure that it is —
(a)completely separated from the construction site by means of robust hoardings or fencing and safety netting to ensure public safety; and
(b)installed with proper lightning conductors.
[Inserted by S 340/96 wef 15/08/1996]
(2)  Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with paragraph (1) or (1A) shall be guilty of an offence.
[S 340/96 wef 15/08/1996]
Protective hoardings, scaffolding, etc.
9.  All protective hoardings, catch platforms, fences and other temporary structures erected for the safety and convenience of persons in any public place or on any public road shall —
(a)be painted in white or other light colour;
(b)be provided with proper and illuminated paths or footways for the use of such persons; and
(c)between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. be illuminated with such warning signs and warning lights as may be approved by the Building Authority.
Revocation of permit
10.  The Building Authority may by notice in writing revoke any permit granted under regulation 4 in respect of any temporary building if the person to whom the permit is granted —
(a)contravenes regulation 9;
(b)erects, or causes or permits the erection of, the temporary building other than in accordance with the plans in respect thereof approved by the Building Authority;
(c)contravenes any of the conditions of the permit; or
(d)fails to maintain the temporary building in a satisfactory manner.
Refund of fees
11.  Where a permit granted under regulation 4 in respect of any temporary building has lapsed, or has been revoked under regulation 10 or has not been utilised, there shall be no refund of any fees paid to the Building Authority in respect thereof.
Demolition of temporary building
12.—(1)  Where a permit granted under regulation 4 in respect of any temporary building has lapsed or expired, or has been revoked under regulation 10, the person to whom the permit was granted shall forthwith demolish the temporary building.
(2)  Any person who contravenes or fails to comply with paragraph (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to both.
Penalty
13.  Any person who is guilty of an offence under these Regulations shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
Saving
14.  Any temporary permit granted under the Building Control (Administration) Regulations 1979, revoked by the Building Control Regulations, which permit is in force immediately before 1st May 1989 —
(a)shall have effect as if granted under these Regulations; and
(b)in the case of a temporary permit for a specified period, shall remain in force, subject to these Regulations, for so much of that period falling after 1st May 1989.
[G.N. No. S 169/79. Rg 5]
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