New Locations Where Additional Eating Houses in Shophouses Will Not Be Allowed

  Published: 30 May 2016
Circular No : URA/PB/2016/10-DCG


Who Should Know:
Owners and tenants of shophouses, eating house operators, real estate agents, architects and engineers

Effective Date:
30 May 2016

  1. URA and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) have assessed the existing traffic and parking situations of the areas listed below as part of their periodic reviews. To prevent the existing parking and traffic problems from worsening, we will not be able to approve more eating houses in these areas. This is also to address the traffic and indiscriminate parking concerns from the residents there due to the existing eating houses in the area.
  1. The three new locations where additional eating houses in shophouses will not be allowed are:
    1. Thomson Village - Upper Thomson Road, Soo Chow Walk, Jalan Todak, Sin Ming Road, Shunfu Road
    2. Bedok Area - Bedok Road & Jalan Pari Burong
    3. Little India Historic District - Serangoon Road, Jalan Besar & Kitchener Road
  1. The full list of locations where new eating houses will not be allowed are in Appendix A. This supersedes the previous list in URA’s circular dated 7 Oct 2014.
  1. We will renew the Temporary Permission (TP) of existing eating houses that are within the locations in Appendix A if there are no major complaints on dis-amenity arising from the use, and there is no breach of our planning guidelines and conditions.
  1. For proposed eating houses in shophouses located outside the areas in Appendix A, we will evaluate them contextually with LTA. We will unlikely approve such proposals if there are local traffic, parking or dis-amenity concerns, especially those located in landed housing estates and historic districts where car parks are not readily available to serve the additional vehicular traffic. 
  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 call our Development Control Group (DCG) Enquiry Line at Tel: 6223 4811 or e-mail us. For your information, past circulars and guidelines are available from our website at
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Appendix A


  1. Balestier Road
    • Thomson Road to Moulmein Road 
  1. East Coast Road
    • Joo Chiat Road to Still Road 
    • Still Road to Telok Kurau Road
    • Lothian Terrace to Siglap Road
  1. Joo Chiat Road Area
    • Joo Chiat Road (Changi Road to East Coast Road) 
    • Joo Chiat Place (Joo Chiat Road to Still Road)
  1. Changi Road
    • Jalan Eunos/Still Road to Jalan Kembangan/ Frankel Avenue 
  1. MacPherson Road 
    • Woodsville Flyover to Macpherson Lane 
  1. Upper Serangoon Road
    • Tampines Road to Lim Ah Pin Road 
  1. Upper Paya Lebar Road
    • Lorong Ah Soo to Paya Lebar Crescent 
  1. River Valley Road
    • Zion Road to Kellock Road
  1. Geylang Road
    • Lorong 1 Geylang to Paya Lebar Road
  1. Bukit Timah Road / Dunearn Road
    • Binjai Park (Jalan Jambu Mawar To Jalan Jambu Ayer)
    • Bukit Timah Road (Wilby Road to Elm Avenue)
    • Bukit Timah Road (Anamalai Avenue to Fourth Avenue)
  1. Tanjong Katong Road
    • Dunman Road to Mountbatten Road
  1. Greenwood Avenue
    • Junction Of Greenwood Avenue And Hillcrest Road
  1. Sembawang Road
    • Jalan Mata Ayer to Yishun Avenue 5
  1. Sembawang Road
    • Mandai Road to Transit Road
  1. Serangoon Garden Way
    • Kensington Park Road To Maju Avenue
    • Chartwell Drive To Penshurst Place
  1. Kampong Glam
    • Bounded by Victoria Street, Jalan Sultan, Beach Road and Ophir Road
  1. Kampong Bahru Road / Spottiswoode Park Road
    • Blair Road to Everton Road
    • Everton Road to Neil Road
  1. Jalan Riang
    • Jalan Riang to Wolskel Road
  1. Thomson Village 
    • Upper Thomson Road
    • Soo Chow Walk
    • Jalan Todak
    • Sin Ming Road
    • Shunfu Road
  1. Bedok Area 
    • Bedok Road
    • Jalan Pari Burong
  1. Little India Historic District 
    • Serangoon Road
    • Jalan Besar
    • Kitchener Road
  1. The locations in this table apply to the whole stretch of the road unless otherwise specified.
  2. Proposed eating houses in commercial or mixed commercial/residential developments located in the above areas can be considered if the building has its own car park lots which are available for public use.

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