Policy Update - Dormitory

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What is the Latest Revised JTC Guidelines for Temporary Workers’ Dormitories?

Effective date: 19 Sep 2016

This revised policy will take effect from 19 Sep 2016 for all applications for workers’ dormitories within industrial or warehouse developments, including Outline Applications. This policy will also apply to subsequent development applications if the initial application submitted prior to 19 Sep 2016 results in an Advice or Refusal of Written Permission.  Only formal development applications submitted before 19 Sep 2016, which have already been granted Provisional Permission or which will result in a Provisional Permission, will not be subject to the revised guidelines.

What are the Revised Guidelines for Temporary Workers’ Dormitories within Industrial or Warehouse Developments?

1. URA has revised the guidelines for temporary workers’ dormitories within industrial or warehouse developments as follows:

a. Expand the list of industrial areas where new workers’ dormitories (both ancillary and secondary) will not be allowed; 

b. Reduce the allowable quantum for ancillary/secondary uses and workers’ dormitories within industrial or warehouse developments

2. This is to minimise increasing pressure on existing infrastructure in industrial areas where there are large numbers of temporary workers’ dormitories.

Where is the Expanded List of Industrial Areas Where New Workers’ Dormitories are Disallowed?

3. URA would also like to clarify the parameters of renewing the Temporary Permission (TP) for ancillary and Expanded list of industrial areas where new workers’ dormitories are disallowed

4. We have expanded the list of industrial areas where new workers’ dormitories (both ancillary and secondary) are disallowed. New areas include Pioneer, Senoko and Ubi, while existing areas in Sungei Kadut and Tuas have been expanded.

5. For areas not on the list, we will continue to work closely with technical agencies to evaluate new applications for ancillary and secondary workers’ dormitories.

What is the Reduction in allowable Gross Floor Area use quantum for ancillary/secondary uses?

6. More purpose-built dormitories have been completed in recent years to provide foreign workers with adequate housing and proper amenities to meet their social and recreational needs. Given the increase in purpose-built dormitories, the allowable quantum for ancillary/secondary uses will revert from 49% to 40%. This will retain more space for industrial use. This will apply to all new applications outside the areas listed.

7. Other guidelines for workers’ dormitories within industrial and warehouse developments remain unchanged.

What is the Latest Clarification of on Renewal for JTC Ancillary and Secondary Workers’ Dormitories?
8. TP renewals for existing workers’ dormitories (including those located within the areas listed in Appendix A) will continue to be assessed individually, taking into consideration the prevailing guidelines and input from technical agencies. Increasing the number of workers in existing dormitories located within the areas listed will not be allowed.

9. Existing workers’ dormitories approved with an ancillary quantum of 40% to 49% are allowed to retain their previously approved quantum. No further increase in the workers’ dormitory space will be allowed for these dormitories. However, for existing dormitories located outside the areas listed in Appendix A, URA may consider an increase in the workers’ dormitory space of up to the 40% cap if their approved ancillary quantum is less than 40%.

What is the Latest Implementation on JTC Dormitory?

10. Applicants should obtain prior clearances from relevant agencies such as HDB, JTC, LTA, MOM, NEA, PUB and SCDF where applicable. Applicants are reminded to adhere to the prevailing living space standards and amenity provision guidelines for workers’ dormitories. The submission must include computations of the minimum living space provision standard per worker (consisting of bedroom, kitchen, toilet, and bathroom)and any required provision of indoor/outdoor recreation facilities and commercial amenities.

What is the Industrial Area that Will Not be Approved for JTC Workers' Dormitory?



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