Policy Update - Site Usages

The revised guidelines will apply with immediate effect to all new applications submitted on or after 24 November 2014. Only formal development applications (excluding Outline Applications) submitted before the effective date of 24 November 2014 which have already been granted Provisional Permission or which will result in a Provisional Permission, will not be subject to the revised guidelines.

The Government carefully calibrates industrial land policies to meet Singapore’s economic objectives. A key guiding principle is that industrial activities, such as manufacturing and warehousing, should take place on industrial land that has been specifically set aside for such uses. The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), together with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and the economic agencies, has reviewed the allowable supporting uses in industrial developments, and will make the following changes to better meet the needs of industrial users.

What is INDUSTRIAL CANTEENS Within JTC / URA Industrial Developments?

Under previous guidelines, staff canteens within industrial developments were restricted to serving staff working within the same building. To expand the range of food options within industrial estates, URA will now allow such canteens to serve not only the workers of the same building but also external customers. These canteens which serve primarily workers in the industrial estate will now be termed as “industrial canteens”.

New industrial canteens will be:
  • Capped at a size of 700 sqm or 5% of the total proposed Gross Floor Area (GFA) per development, whichever is lower;
  • Levied Industrial “D” rates when computing Development Charge/Differential Premium; and
  • Approved on Temporary Permission (TP) for up to 3 years.
All supporting uses must be kept within the 40% ancillary component of industrial developments. The 60% predominant component is safeguarded for core industrial uses such as manufacturing and warehousing.

Policy Update - Site Usages
Can Showrooms be Allowed in JTC Industrial Land Developments?
Showrooms can be allowed in industrial developments under the existing guidelines. They are meant for the display of two categories of products primarily:
  • Products that are not typically transacted or exchanged over the counter (e.g. cars); and
  • Products that are predominantly delivered and installed off-site (e.g. floor tiles).
Under the revised guidelines, URA will only consider showroom proposals as part of a Change of Use application, after the building has obtained the Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) and when the potential occupier or business operator for the spaces is known. If supported, showrooms will be approved on TP and levied Commercial “A” rates as is currently the case.

Can Selected Commerical Uses be Approved in JTC Industrial Land Developments?

URA will now allow selected commercial uses (i.e. clinic, banking hall/ATM, minimart and fitness centre/gym) in outlying industrial estates which are located far from existing commercial nodes, as these are basic amenities which serve the needs of industrial workers. Appendix 2 shows the outlying industrial estates where such selected commercial uses can be allowed.

These commercial uses will be capped at a size of 200 sqm or 10% of the total proposed GFA per development, whichever is lower. They have to be located on the first storey of the building. If supported, the uses will be approved on TP for up to three years and levied Commercial “A” rates.

Can Childcare Centres be Approved in JTC Industrial Land Developments?

Childcare centres are important amenities at workplaces as they provide childcare support for working parents. Some childcare centres are located in industrial developments to serve parents working in the industrial estates. Under the revised guidelines, all childcare centres within industrial developments will be levied Civic & Community Institution (C&CI) “E” rates.

Can E-Business and Media Uses be Allowed in JTC Industrial Land Developments?

Businesses that provide telecommunications infrastructure and/or develop software (i.e. activities previously classified as Type 1 e-business), as well as core media activities1, will continue to be allowed in industrial developments (see Appendix 1). These uses will be computed as part of the 60% predominant component and levied Industrial “D” rates.

Businesses that use software to conduct business electronically, for example in marketing and consultancy work (i.e. activities previously classified as Type 2 e- business), and non-core media activities will now be regarded as commercial uses. These activities should be located in commercial premises and will no longer be allowed within the 40% ancillary component of industrial developments.

Can Call Centres be Allowed in JTC Industrial Land Developments?

Call centres are centralised backend support functions that handle a large volume of telephone services primarily targeted at providing information to meet callers’ needs. Typically, call centres require large spaces for their operations, which comprise specialised technology and equipment. Previously, only digital call centres (i.e. those that involve the use of IT) were allowed in industrial developments. With the current pervasive use of IT, this distinction is no longer meaningful.

URA will now allow all call centres to be located in only Business Park and Business 1 developments, as part of the 60% predominant component levied Industrial “D” rates.