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Guidelines for the Community/Sports Facilities Scheme

  Published: 21 February 2020
Circular No : URA/PB/2020/01-DCG


Who Should Know:
Architects, developers, building owners, community service providers , national sports associations and child care centre operators.

Effective Date:
With immediate effect from 21 February 2020 and to remain valid until 21 February 2024

Please note that the validity of this circular has been extended until 21 February 2024. 

This circular supersedes the previous Circular: URA/PB/2014/01-PPG dated 3 February 2014 on “Revised Guidelines for the Integration of Community and Sports Facilities in Commercial Developments”, and is to be read in conjunction with the overall 10% bonus GFA budget in URA’s Circular No: URA/PB/2009/03-DCG dated 29 April 2009 on “Framework for Managing Bonus Gross Floor Area Incentives”. 


  1. The Community/Sports Facilities Scheme (CSFS) facilitates the co-location of compatible community and sports uses with highly accessible commercial developments for mutual benefit. Under the CSFS, bonus Gross Floor Area (GFA) for community and/or sports uses (hereinafter referred to as the “CSFS space”) is allowed over and above the maximum permissible GFA under the Master Plan for highly accessible commercial developments2 . Since its introduction in 2003, the CSFS has benefited a wide range of community/sports users, including public libraries and non-profit community service providers1 like eldercare, child care and other social services.

  2. To qualify for the CSFS, the community/sports uses should be non-profit in nature and endorsed by the relevant championing government agency. The activities carried out within the CSFS space should have a predominant public outreach component that directly serves the public.

  3. To support ECDA’s efforts to expand the provision of good quality and affordable child care services, the guidelines of the CSFS also extend to commercial child care centres that meet the ECDA’s quality and affordability criteria (see details in Appendix 1).

  4. CSFS guidelines

  5. The details of the CSFS guidelines are summarised in Appendix 1. The CSFS guidelines will apply to all new applications for community/sport use submitted on or after the effective date.

  6. Appendix 2 gives an overview of the parties responsible for ensuring that the community/sports space continues to be used for the approved purpose. Appendices 3A, 3B and 3C are Letters of Undertaking to be submitted by various community and sports users to URA. Appendix 4 charts out the procedure required to obtain approval for the CSFS.

  7. I would appreciate it if you could convey the contents of this circular to the relevant members of your organisation. We have updated the same in the Development Control Handbooks. You are advised to refer to these Handbooks for the most updated guidelines.

  8. For other information on the master plan, urban design guidelines, private property use and approval, car park locations and availability, private residential property transactions, and conservation areas and buildings, use URA SPACE (Service Portal and Community e-Services). This is an online portal packed with useful data and visualisation to help building professionals, business operators and the general public in their decision-making. It consolidates detailed information on land use and private property into a one-stop platform presented on geospatial maps. For feedback or enquiries, please email us.
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1 Community service providers can be government agencies, Social Service Agencies (SSAs), and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

2 Bonus Gross Floor Area (GFA) approved under the CSFS is subject to an overall cap of 10% of the maximum permissible GFA for the site allowed under the Master Plan or 2,000sqm (whichever is lower), and will not form the future development potential of the site upon redevelopment. If payable, development charge (DC) or differential premium (DP) will be levied for the bonus GFA, based on the approved community or sports use.

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