No. S 666
Building Control Act
(Chapter 29)
Building Control Regulations 2003
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 49 of the Building Control Act, the Minister for National Development hereby makes the following Regulations:
PART II
SUBMISSION AND APPROVAL OF PLANS
Application for approval of plans of building works
4.—(1)  For the purposes of section 6(1) of the Act, an application for approval of the plans of building works shall be accompanied by the following documents:
(a)the following plans of the building works prepared in accordance with these Regulations and such other requirements as the Commissioner of Building Control may, from time to time, specify:
(i)building plans;
(ii)detailed structural plans and design calculations;
(iii)site formation plans and pile layout plans; and
(iv)where applicable, civil defence shelter plans;
(b)a notification signed by the applicant or the builder of the building works of the appointment of the qualified person who prepared the plans of the building works;
(c)where the written permission of the competent authority is required under the Planning Act (Cap. 232) in respect of any development of land involving the proposed building works, a copy of the notice of grant of written permission issued by the competent authority together with the site plan approved by the competent authority or a copy of the lodgment receipt in lieu of written permission issued by the competent authority;
(d)where an application has been made under section 14(1) of the Act for a waiver or modification of any requirement of these Regulations, a copy of the application;
(e)where alternative solutions are to be utilised in respect of the building works, a list of the alternative solutions together with the certification of a qualified person referred to in section 9 (3A)(b)(ii) of the Act, where such certification has been obtained; and
(f)such other document as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.
(2)  The application for approval of plans and the documents referred to in paragraph (1)(b), (e) and (f) shall be —
(a)in such form as may be required by the Commissioner of Building Control; and
(b)accompanied by the appropriate fee specified in the First Schedule.
Plans of alterations and additions to buildings
5.—(1)  Where any building works consist of repairs, alterations or additions to an existing building and the qualified person who prepared the building plans has reasonable grounds for suspecting that the building works may affect the structural stability or integrity of the building, the building plans referred to in regulation 4 shall bear a certification from an appropriate professional engineer that —
(a)he has inspected the building and investigated its overall structure; and
(b)in his opinion, the building is capable or incapable of resisting the forces and moments which may be increased or altered by reason of the repairs, alterations or additions.
(2)  Where the qualified person who prepared the building plans referred to in paragraph (1) is a professional engineer in the appropriate discipline, he may provide the certification himself.
Preparation of plans for approval
6.  All plans of building works accompanying any application for approval of the plans under section 6(1) of the Act shall be prepared and signed by an appropriate qualified person as determined in accordance with the Second Schedule and shall —
(a)be produced in a clear and intelligible manner;
(b)bear a title block in such format as the Commissioner of Building Control may specify together with a project title on the right side of the plan;
(c)be fully annotated and suitable notations and symbols shall be used to show or distinguish the different types of materials to be used in the building works;
(d)bear a full description or generic name in any specification of materials or components given or shown on the plans;
(e)demarcate clearly the new building works from the existing building by suitable markings;
(f)delineate clearly the building works to be deleted, demolished or removed by suitable markings;
(g)be numbered serially where the first plan is numbered as 1 of n and the last plan as n of n (n being the total number of pages of the relevant plans); and
(h)comply with such other requirements as the Commissioner of Building Control may specify.
Scale of plans
7.  All plans of building works shall be drawn to the following scales where submitted in paper form:
(a) key/location plan
1:10,000;
(b) site plan
At least 1:1000; and
(c) others
At least 1:200.
Particulars to be shown on building plans
8.  All building plans shall, where applicable, consist of or contain the following:
(a)a site plan showing —
(i)the location and layout of the site with boundary lines verged in red;
(ii)the outline of the building to be erected or building in which building works are to be carried out marked in colour or otherwise;
(iii)the north point and the number of the lot and adjoining lots and the Mukim (MK) or Town Subdivision (TS) number of the lot;
(iv)the distance between the new building to be erected or the building works to be carried out and the lot boundary;
(v)the retaining wall on the lot;
(vi)the existing and proposed platform levels and slopes; and
(vii)the ingress and egress to the site;
(b)the floor plan of each storey including the roof plan of the building containing or showing —
(i)clear statements indicating the purpose of every room or space in the building;
(ii)the types of materials to be used for the main elements of the buildings;
(iii)the grid lines or dimensions between columns, corridors, staircase landing and the thickness of walls and columns;
(iv)the type of plant, equipment or water tank proposed to be installed and the location of the equipment and every plant room or water tank room;
(v)clear statements indicating every part of the building that is to be air-conditioned or mechanically ventilated;
(vi)in respect of the first storey, the existing and proposed platform levels of the site and adjoining lots; and
(vii)in respect of the first storey, the distance between the new building and the lot boundary; and
(c)such other details or plans as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.
Particulars to be shown on detailed structural plans and design calculations
9.—(1)  Without prejudice to regulations 6 and 7, all detailed structural plans shall —
(a)be in accordance with the provisions of the Act and these Regulations and any other requirement of the Commissioner of Building Control;
(b)be signed by the qualified person who prepared the detailed structural plans and design calculations, and by an accredited checker unless the building works are of a type in respect of which the certificate of an accredited checker referred to in section 6(1)(c) of the Act is not required under regulation 12;
(c)bear a certificate from the qualified person who prepared and signed the structural plans on the first and last sheets of the plans stating that he has taken into consideration the loads imposed by all the building works as shown in the building plans or any amendment thereto;
(d)bear a certificate by an accredited checker referred to in section 6(1)(c) of the Act on the first and last sheets of the plans, unless the building works are of a type in respect of which such a certificate is not required under regulation 12;
(e)clearly indicate on the respective area of every floor plan, the imposed load for which the floor system or part thereof has been designed;
(f)show the type or types of foundation to be used;
(g)contain the specifications of the materials to be used; and
(h)indicate the fixings of cladding (if applicable).
(2)  The design calculations shall be prepared in such format and manner as the Commissioner of Building Control may require and shall —
(a)contain a contents page;
(b)be signed and endorsed by the qualified person who prepared the detailed structural plans and design calculations, and by an accredited checker, unless the building works are of a type in respect of which the certificate of an accredited checker referred to in section 6(1)(c) of the Act is not required under regulation 12;
(c)bear a certificate by the qualified person who prepared the detailed structural plans and design calculations on the first and last sheets of the calculations stating that, to the best of his knowledge and belief, the design calculations have been prepared in accordance with these Regulations and that he is the person who prepared the design calculations;
(d)state on the first page of the certificate of the qualified person referred to in sub-paragraph (c) the number of pages per book and a numbering of every page in the book;
(e)contain a Design Information Sheet giving a summary of the design information including, where applicable, the design loads, codes of practice, assumptions, soil investigation report, foundation system, wind loads and other information relevant to the design in question;
(f)contain a Structural Summary Sheet showing the structural system, the form of the structure, the key structural elements, the provision for overall stability and structural analysis;
(g)contain a Grouping of Structural Elements Sheet containing a list of designed structural elements that are similar; and
(h)contain an Analysis and Design of Structural Elements Sheet showing the detailed design and calculations of —
(i)the foundation;
(ii)the shearwall, corewall and all structural elements resisting horizontal forces;
(iii)the column and all vertical load bearing structural elements;
(iv)the transfer beams or plates, cantilevers, pre-stressed beams and flat slabs;
(v)the space truss and portal frame;
(vi)the retaining structures; and
(vii)the overall structural system under wind loads, if applicable.
(3)  Where a computer programme is used in the design calculations —
(a)the details of the programme including assumptions, limitations and the like shall be explained by the qualified person in his submission; and
(b)the inputs and outputs from the programme shall be endorsed and submitted by the qualified person and shall form part of the design calculations submitted by him.
(4)  The certificates referred to in paragraphs (1)(c) and (d) and (2)(c) shall be in such form as the Commissioner of Building Control may specify.
Particulars to be shown on site formation plans and
pile layout plans
10.—(1)  Without prejudice to regulations 6 and 7, all site formation plans and calculations shall —
(a)be in accordance with the provisions of the Act and these Regulations and any other requirement of the Commissioner of Building Control;
(b)show the contour lines at intervals of 500 mm in height or the spot levels of the existing site and adjoining lands drawn with reference to the ordnance datum;
(c)show the location of the site formation works;
(d)show the finished formation levels, including platform level for the building or buildings and the finished road levels;
(e)show the slope of any excavation or filling exceeding 1500 mm in depth; and
(f)show the means of protecting the site formation works against erosion, earthslip, slope failure or instability.
(2)  The pile layout plans shall show —
(a)the types of piles and the specification of materials to be used;
(b)the location of piles;
(c)the estimated pile penetration depth;
(d)the allowable pile bearing capacity before and after deduction of negative skin friction (if applicable) and details of pile joints; and
(e)the sectional details of piles and number and type of pile load tests.
Particulars to be shown on civil defence shelter plans
11.—(1)  The civil defence shelter plans referred to in regulation 4(1)(a)(iv) shall consist of —
(a)civil defence shelter building plans;
(b)civil defence shelter structural plans; and
(c)in the case of public shelters —
(i)civil defence shelter mechanical plans;
(ii)civil defence shelter electrical plans; and
(iii)civil defence shelter shock design plans.
(2)  Without prejudice to regulations 6 and 7, all civil defence shelter plans shall —
(a)be signed by the qualified person who prepared the plans;
(b)bear a certificate from the qualified person on the first and last sheets of the plans stating that the plans have been prepared in accordance with these Regulations and comply with the relevant technical requirements under the Civil Defence Shelter Act (Cap. 42A); and
(c)be accompanied by design calculations and the relevant technical documents showing the details of the mounting brackets, expansion anchor bolts and shock isolators, where applicable.
(3)  All design calculations shall be signed by the qualified person who prepared the calculations and bear a certificate referred to in paragraph (2)(b) on the first and last sheets of the calculations.
(4)  The civil defence shelter building plans of a household or storey shelter shall contain —
(a)a site plan;
(b)the floor plans, sections and elevations showing —
(i)the shelter type, gross floor area of each dwelling type and size and number of each type;
(ii)the location and layout in relation to the overall building with the outline of the shelters marked; and
(iii)the setback distances of shelter walls and shelter dimensions;
(c)the details showing the location of the blast door, ventilation openings and fixtures such as power-points, lighting points, telephone points and radio and television antenna outlets in the shelter;
(d)the schematic details showing the routing and penetration of service conduits in the shelter; and
(e)such other details as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.
(5)  The civil defence shelter building plans of a public shelter shall contain floor plans, sections and elevations showing —
(a)the bounds of protection;
(b)the details, layout and dimensions of the main shelter area, auxiliary areas, plant rooms, generator room, water tanks (including their capacity), air locks, access ways, entrances and exits;
(c)the locations and overall dimensions of protective blast doors, hatches, blast valves, sealing devices, louvres and gas-tight doors; and
(d)such other details as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.
(6)  The civil defence shelter structural plans of a household shelter or storey shelter shall contain —
(a)the floor plans indicating the shelter;
(b)the vertical and horizontal sections through the shelter tower and an indication of the structural dimensions and reinforcement details;
(c)the cross sectional details of openings such as the blast door opening, ventilation openings and services penetrations; and
(d)such other details as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.
(7)  The civil defence shelter structural plans of a public shelter shall contain —
(a)pile layout plans showing —
(i)the types of piles;
(ii)the location of piles; and
(iii)the column loads including collapse load;
(b)structural plans showing —
(i)the floor plans indicating the public shelter;
(ii)the details of structural elements with sections;
(iii)the imposed loading for the structural floor system;
(iv)the details of reinforcement around openings for doors, hatches, ventilation and services penetrations;
(v)the specification of materials;
(vi)the types of foundation, where applicable; and
(vii)the minimum allowable soil bearing capacity, where applicable; and
(c)such other details as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.
(8)  The civil defence shelter mechanical plans of a public shelter shall contain —
(a)the air-conditioning and mechanical ventilation plans;
(b)the water supply and reticulation plans;
(c)the sanitary and drainage plans; and
(d)such other details as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.
(9)  The civil defence shelter electrical plans of a public shelter shall contain —
(a)the power and lighting plans;
(b)the communications plans;
(c)the generator system plans; and
(d)such other details as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.
(10)  The civil defence shelter shock design plans of a public shelter shall contain —
(a)the shock design plans;
(b)the calculations for the support system of every architectural fixture and mechanical and electrical equipment and services; and
(c)such other details as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.
(11)  The certificate referred to in paragraph (2)(b) shall be in such form as the Commissioner of Building Control may specify.
Building works not requiring certificate of accredited checker
12.  For the purposes of section 6(1)(c) of the Act, a certificate from an accredited checker need not accompany an application for approval of the structural plans of any building works specified in the Third Schedule.
Non-acceptance of application for approval of plans
13.  The Commissioner of Building Control may refuse to accept an application for approval of any plans of building works if —
(a)the application or the plans of building works submitted do not comply with any requirement of the Act or these Regulations;
(b)the application is not complete or not in accordance with any other requirement of the Commissioner of Building Control; or
(c)the appropriate fee specified in the First Schedule has not been paid.
Approval of plans
14.—(1)  Where the Commissioner of Building Control approves any plans of building works under section 6(2) of the Act, he shall notify the applicant and the qualified person who prepared and submitted those plans of his approval and of the terms and conditions, if any, subject to which the approval has been granted.
(2)  For the avoidance of doubt, no approval of any plans of building works under section 6(2) of the Act shall be taken to —
(a)confer any title to land;
(b)act as a waiver of any term in any lease or licence;
(c)grant any exemption from or permit any contravention of any provision of these Regulations; or
(d)waive or modify the application of these Regulations to those building works where no such waiver or modification has been granted under section 14(1) of the Act in relation to the building works.
Disapproval of plans
15.  Where the Commissioner of Building Control disapproves any plans of building works under section 6(2) of the Act, he shall notify the applicant and the qualified person who prepared and submitted those plans.
Return of disapproved or withdrawn plans
16.—(1)  Where any plans of building works have been disapproved, the Commissioner of Building Control may return the disapproved plans to the qualified person.
(2)  Where any plans have been withdrawn by the qualified person or applicant before or after approval, the Commissioner of Building Control may return the plans to the qualified person or applicant, as the case may be.
(3)  Where the Commissioner of Building Control has notified a qualified person or an applicant person to collect any plans (whether on paper or in electronic form) that are to be returned under paragraph (1) or (2), and such plans are not collected within one month from the date of the notice, the Commissioner of Building Control may destroy or dispose of the plans (including the medium in which they are stored) in any way he thinks fit.
No refund of fees
17.  The fees paid to the Commissioner of Building Control under these Regulations shall not be refunded if the application is withdrawn at any time or disapproved or deemed to be disapproved under section 6(4) of the Act.
Amendment and record plans of building works
18.—(1)  Where it is desired that any building works deviate from the approved plans of those building works, an application shall be made to the Commissioner of Building Control under section 6(7) of the Act and shall, without prejudice to that section, be accompanied by the amended plan of the buildings works showing clearly the departures or deviations.
(2)  Where the deviations involve material changes to the structural design, the qualified person appointed under section 6(3)(a) of the Act and, unless the building works are of a type in respect of which the certificate of an accredited checker is not required under regulation 12, the accredited checker shall submit the structural plans and design calculations to the Commissioner of Building Control for approval before construction.
(3)  Notwithstanding paragraph (1), where the departures or deviations involve immaterial changes, the qualified person appointed under section 6 (3)(a) shall only be required to prepare and submit to the Commissioner of Building Control —
(a)the record plans;
(b)his certificate stating that to the best of his knowledge and belief the departures or deviations do not affect the structural adequacy or stability of the building;
(c)a certificate from an accredited checker stating that to the best of his knowledge and belief, the record plans do not show any inadequacy in key structural elements of the building to be erected or affected by building works carried out in accordance with those plans; and
(d)on the completion of the building works, a report stating the departures and deviations accompanied by the detailed structural plans and design calculations showing such departures and deviations.
(4)  The qualified person appointed under section 6(3)(a) of the Act shall keep and maintain a record of all departures and deviations relating to the structural elements of the building works.
(5)  The certificates referred to in paragraph (3)(b) and (c) shall be in such form as the Commissioner of Building Control may specify.
Validity period of approval
19.  For the purposes of section 6 (9)(b) of the Act, the approval of any plans of building works granted by the Commissioner of Building Control shall lapse if the building works are not commenced within 24 months from the date of approval.
Application for modification or waiver of building regulations
20.—(1)  Where any proposed building works shown in any plans do not comply with the provisions of these Regulations relating to the design and construction of buildings, the person for whom the building works are to be carried outthe developer or an appropriate qualified person appointed by him shall make an application under section 6(3)(a) of the Act.
(2)  For the purposes of section 14(2) of the Act, any such application shall be accompanied by a declaration signed by an appropriate qualified person stating every item of the building works shown in the plans that does not comply with the provisions of these Regulations relating to design and construction.
(3)  Every application under section 14(1) of the Act shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee specified in the First Schedule.
[S 549/2005 wef 01/09/2005]
[S 54/2008 wef 15/02/2008]
Permit to carry out structural works or demolition of building
21.—(1)  An application for a permit to carry out any structural works (including the demolition of a building) under section 7(1) of the Act shall be in such form as the Commissioner of Building Control may require.
(2)  Where any part of a building under construction or undergoing alteration is to be demolished, no separate permit for the demolition works shall be required.
Made this 29th day of December 2003.
PETER CHAN JER HING
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of National Development,
Singapore.
[ND 202/1-19 Vol. 12; AG/LEG/SL/29/2002/1 Vol. 3]
(To be presented to Parliament under section 52 of the Building Control Act).