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List of Approved Housing

The following list of approved housing is provided by the relevant approving agencies (i.e. Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), Singapore Land Authority (SLA), Jurong Town Corporation (JTC), Housing Development Board (HDB) and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA).

Commercially operated dormitories & converted industrial premises

Dormitories are independent purpose-built buildings used for the lodging of foreign workers. Besides commercially operated dormitories, industrial or warehouse developments may also be converted for use as ancillary or secondary workers' dormitories housing the factory/warehouse workers.

Purpose-built dormitories

Independent purpose-built dormitories are usually managed and tendered out by Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and JTC. Interested parties may request to be on their respective mailing list to be kept informed of such tenders. For more information, please email to BCA: bca_enquiry@bca.gov.sg or JTC: askjtc@jtc.gov.sg

Detailed requirements will be included in the tender documents.

Currently, there are pdfcommercially run dormitories located in various parts of Singapore. These dormitories are approved by the relevant agencies for the housing of foreign workers.

Converted industrial premises

Industrial/warehouse developments can be partially converted to ancillary or secondary workers' dormitories. Factory owners must first obtain URA's planning approval for the conversion. The design of the dormitory and conversion works must comply with various agencies requirements to ensure the safety and well-being of the occupants.

Employers are reminded that ancillary workers' dormitories are meant for the housing of on-site workers only (i.e. employed by the owner or lessee of the factory)

You may refer to the pdflist of technical requirements as required by the various agencies for more details.

Quarters on construction sites & temporary workers quarters on Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) sites

Quarters on construction sites

Construction workers may be housed in quarters located within the construction sites. These quarters have to meet the technical requirements of relevant government agencies, such as Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), National Environment Agency (NEA) and BCA to ensure safe and hygienic living conditions.

Temporary workers quarters on Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) sites

Construction workers are also allowed to be housed in temporary workers quarters on Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) sites in accordance with the conditions approved by pdfJTC CorporationpdfHousing Development Boards and pdfSingapore Land Authority.

Employers are reminded that these quarters are meant for the housing of the licensees' own workers only (i.e. no subletting to other employers is allowed). These are only approved on a project-linked basis and not meant to operate as commercial dormitories.

You may refer to the pdflist of technical requirements as required by the various agencies for more details.

Housing Development Board flats

Employers who wish to house their foreign workers in HDB flats should refer to the HDB's website or call (65) 1800-2255 432 to enquire about the subletting scheme.

Employers and foreign workers living in HDB flats should also refer to HDB's website on residents' responsibilities and tips on good neighbourliness.

Private residential premises

Under URA's regulations, private residential premises such as condominiums or landed residential properties such as terrace, semi-detached houses and bungalows are approved for residential use only and cannot be converted to workers' dormitories.

For a definition of workers' dormitories, employers are advised to visit the URA's website or call (65) 6223 4811 for more information.

Workers quarters at farms

There are currently 245 pdfAgri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) licensed farms and 119 pdfAVA coastal farms and fish export centres located in various parts of Singapore. These farms/coastal farms/fish export centres are approved by AVA for the housing of foreign workers.

Employers are reminded that these farms/fish export centres are meant for the housing of the licensees' own workers only (i.e. no subletting to other employers is allowed).

Farm owners who wish to house their foreign workers within the farms/fish export centres must seek approval from AVA and also meet the technical requirements of the technical agencies. Please refer to the AVA's website for more information.

Alternatively, you may also refer to the pdflist of technical requirements as required by the various agencies for more details.

Harbourcraft

Work Permit holders under the Harbour Craft Special Scheme (HSS) are not allowed to reside on the mainland. They can only stay on vessels/harbourcraft that are registered with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The conditions on the vessel/harbourcraft has to be habitable and must not place the workers in any situation whereby their health, physical safety or life may be in danger.

Last updated on 29 October 2012 06:23:31