Development Control


Note to DCLD’s stakeholders

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the NEA has implemented a series of measures to achieve safe distancing, while striving to ensure that our services remain available and uninterrupted.  The measures are as follows:

  • With effect from 23 Mar 2020, we will not be receiving any visitors at Environment Building. 
  • With effect from 1 Apr 2020, we have implemented telecommuting measures for our staff to reduce the level of person-to-person contact at workplace and ease travel load on the public transport system.

During this period, our staff will only be contactable via emails. Should you contact us at NEA hotline (6225-5632), please remember to provide an email address. We thank you for your patience and seek your kind understanding. 

With effect from 1st September 2020, the Development Control & Licensing Department is renamed to Development Control and Licensing Division (DCLD) which comprises the Development Control Department (DCD) and the Licensing & Environmental Assessment Department (LEAD).   

DCLD will continue to check that environmental factors are being incorporated into land use planning, development control of new developments and that the proposed developments are in compliance with environment health and pollution control requirements. DCLD also functions as a one-stop shop for all NEA licence-related matters covering different areas such as radiation protection, pollution control, waste management, public cleansing, vector control and fumigation (under the authority of Director-General of Public Health). 

Development Control

All Qualified Persons (QPs) must comply with environmental requirements stipulated in the relevant Regulations and Codes of Practices. Please see the links below for a list of essential information for building plan submissions, including the Codes of Practices, guidelines, forms and checklists.

Codes of practices and guidelines

Online application forms and checklists

Lodgement Scheme

With effect from 29 Jan 2018, NEA accepts lodgement of plan submissions for Minor Development Projects (MDPs).  The lodgement scheme streamlines and simplifies the building plan submission process for MDPs that will result in faster clearance, improved service quality and reduced resources needed for processing submissions. The lodgement scheme will require the Qualified Persons (QPs)  to check and declare that the proposal for Minor Development Projects is in full compliance with prevailing regulatory requirements, code of practices, standards and guidelines. 

The lodgement scheme covers the following MDP works:

1.      Linkways & ramps

2.      Bus stops 

3.      Lift upgrading programmes 

4.      Pavilions

5.      Upgrading of electrical sub-stations and consumer switch rooms 

6.      Internal upgrading works (e.g. internal staircases, partition works, renewal of flooring etc.) to   existing developments.

7. Landed properties (except strata title landed properties with communal facilities)

The application must also meet the following criteria: 

·         No design features that may result in water stagnation.

·         No pollution control requirement.

 The circular on the lodgement scheme is also available from our website at the following address: Circulars

Registered Noise Consultant Scheme (ACMV)

List of registered noise consultant (ACMV) [PDF, 71.78 KB] (Updated as of Mar 2021)

Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA)

The revised Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) guidelines have been implemented since 1 April 2016. The revised QRA guidelines can be found at the web links below. 

For any enquiry, please send it to

List of registered QRA consultancy firms [PDF, 64.25 KB] (Updated as of Jun 2021)

Pollution Control Study (PCS)

Guidelines for pollution control study [PDF, 42.09 KB] (Updated as of Oct 2021)

Site assessment and site remediation

Environmental baseline study guidelines

List of companies for site assessment and site remediation [PDF, 42.37 KB] (Updated as of Oct 2021)


NEA administers licences/permits to safeguard the environment and public health. Stakeholders may visit the links below for more information on the following licensing regimes under NEA.

Environmental Public Health

Hazardous Substances and Waste Management

Radiation Protection