Revised Criteria for Issue of Housing Developer’s Sale Licence

  Published: 01 March 2016
Circular No : URA/2016
Fax : 6321 6596


Who Should Know:
Developers and solicitors

Effective Date:
With effect from 1 Apr 2016

  1. As part of our regular review, we have revised the criteria for issuing a housing developer’s sale licence which allows a housing developer to develop and sell private residential units.


  1. Currently, a housing developer is required to have a minimum paid-up capital or deposit of S$1 million to qualify for the issue of a sale licence. This amount will be revised to a range of S$1 million to S$4 million, depending on the size of the housing project.
  2. A minimum size will be set for a completed licensed housing project which is cited in a track record submitted as part of an application for a sale licence. For example, if the completed housing project used as track record comprises fewer than 10 units, the developer can only obtain a sale licence for the development of a new housing project with less than 50 units. 
  3. Non-residential projects can no longer be cited in a track record submitted as part of an application for a sale licence, given the differences in developing residential and non-residential projects.
  4. For housing developers applying for a sale licence based on the track record of their companies, at least one of the directors who had completed a licensed project cited in the track record must remain on board as a director of the company. 
  5. Please refer to Appendix 1 for more information on the revised criteria for a sale licence.


  1. The new criteria for the issue of sale licence will apply to all new licence applications received on or after 1 Apr 2016.
  2. I would appreciate it if you could convey the contents of this circular to the relevant members of your organisation. If you or your members have any queries concerning this circular, please email us at For your information, past circulars and guidelines are available at our website 
Thank You.


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