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Revision To The Night Lighting Guidelines For The Civic District And Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB)

  Published: 20 November 2013
Circular No : URA/PB/2013/13-CUDG
Fax : 6220 3201


Who Should Know:
Architects, lighting designers, building owners and developers

Effective Date:
With effect from 20 November 2013


  1. The Civic District Lighting Plan Guidebook was published in 1995 and has successfully guided the lighting up of developments within the Civic District. Today, most of the buildings in the Civic District are lit, contributing to the grandeur and dignity of the Civic District.
  1. The Night Lighting Masterplan for Bras Basah.Bugis (BBB) was subsequently published in 2010 to guide the lighting up of selected buildings within the BBB arts and heritage district.
  1. In response to feedback from architects, developers and lighting designers, URA has reviewed the guidelines to ensure that they remain relevant and user-friendly. The two sets of the guidelines will be streamlined to better reflect the synergy and close proximity of the two areas, which share a rich multi- cultural heritage and architectural diversity.
  1. The key revisions to the guidelines are summarised as follows:
    1. To simplify the building classifications into 2 categories for both BBB and Civic District;
    2. To use “Lux” instead of “Candela” as a measure of lighting intensity for BBB to make it easier for developers, lighting designers and building owners to submit their lighting applications without the need for sophisticated lighting simulation software; and
    3. To provide a wider range of colour temperature and lighting intensity for Civic District to give more flexibility for the proposed lighting designs, and to be consistent with those within BBB.
  1. Please refer to
    1. Appendix 1 for General Night Lighting Guidelines
    2. Appendix 2 for Detailed Guidelines for Civic District
    3. Appendix 3 for Detailed Guidelines for BBB
    4. Appendix 4 for Submission and Evaluation Process
  1. This Circular supersedes the earlier Lighting Proposal for Buildings in Civic District and Night Lighting Master Plan for BBB (Circular URA/PB/2010/08-CUDG).
  1. 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 do not hesitate to contact our Urban Planning & Design Department (email: or our Development Control Group (DCG) Enquiry Line at Tel: 6223 4811 (email: We will be pleased to answer queries on this, and any other development control matter. For your information, the past circulars to the professional institutes are available from our website
Thank You.


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