Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

About LEAF

  1. What is different in the newly revised LEAF scheme?
  2. What is the difference between LEAF for Parks and BCA Green Mark for Parks?
  3. What are the benefits of applying for LEAF?
  4. Where can we find information about the scheme?

Application Process

  1. How do I apply for LEAF certification? Is there a closing date and are there any fees?
  2. What is the list of documents to be submitted for assessment?
  3. What is the procedure after the submission of the application form?
  4. What do the applicants have to present in the project presentation?
  5. We are interested in applying for LEAF, but unsure if we qualify. Can we apply?
  6. How many assessors are assigned to the projects?
  7. Are there different levels of award for the LEAF?
  8. How long is the process and how will the applicant be informed of the assessment outcome?
  9. The assessment outcome is unsuccessful. Can the applicant appeal?

Renewal of Certification

  1. When should we apply for re-certification?
  2. Where can the validity period of the certified developments be found?

About LEAF

1. What is different in the newly revised LEAF scheme?

The revised LEAF scheme has been launched in 2020. The revised scheme takes into consideration the assessment of aspects such as ecological and biodiversity conservation, environmental sustainability, and community well-being and engagement. The revised criteria are in line with the vision of making Singapore a City in Nature. The revised LEAF scheme also features a new category for assessment of Parks.

2. What is the difference between LEAF for Parks and BCA Green Mark for Parks?

The Green Mark for Parks scheme was jointly administered by BCA and NParks in 2008 to assess the environmental sustainability of parks in Singapore. The Green Mark for Parks scheme will be superseded by NParks’ LEAF for Parks scheme which assesses the ecological, climatic and social resilience of a Park.

3. What are the benefits of applying for LEAF?

The LEAF scheme recognises excellence of the project and the team of professionals – including developers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, contractors and maintenance agents, involved in creating and sustaining high quality urban landscapes. A plaque will be presented to the developer/owner, while certificates will be issued to each team/company involved in the project. The LEAF certification helps to inform the industry and members of public about the quality and sustainability of greenery and landscaping in the developments. Team members of the certified developments may use the LEAF logo for publicity and marketing purposes.

4. Where can we find information about the scheme?

The latest updated information for the LEAF scheme is published HERE. For further enquiries, you may email NParks_LEAF@nparks.gov.sg.

Application Process

1. How do I apply for LEAF certification? Is there a closing date and are there any fees?

Applicants are to submit the application form and relevant documents before 30 July 2020, which are available for download HERE. The LEAF secretariat will contact successful applicants to arrange for assessment. Currently, registering for LEAF does not require any fees.

2. What is the list of documents to be submitted for assessment?

The applicant is required to submit a set of documents to facilitate the assessment, which will be verified by the LEAF Secretariat. The documents include:

For New Projects

  • Completed self-evaluation form
  • Layout Plans of Development
  • Landscaping Plan
  • Topographical plan of existing site
  • Copy of Development Control (DC) approval and other relevant planning approvals
  • Proof of land ownership

For Existing Projects

  • Completed self-evaluation form
  • Layout Plans of Development
  • Landscaping Plan

3. What is the procedure after the submission of the application form?

The LEAF Secretariat will arrange for an assessment meeting with the applicants and the appointed team of assessors.

Applicants will present the project presentation to the assessors, followed by Q & A session. For existing developments, applicants will need to arrange for a site visit to the development after the presentation.

4. What do the applicants have to present in the project presentation?

The presentation shall cover the following aspects of the project, with supporting visuals or evidences:

  • Overall concept or theme
  • Strengths of the development
  • Self-evaluated scoring

5. We are interested in applying for LEAF, but unsure if we qualify. Can we apply?

The LEAF Secretariat welcomes all interested parties to apply for LEAF. The LEAF Assessment Form is available on the website and can be used for self-evaluated scoring.  A pre-assessment meeting can also be arranged to discuss whether the project is ready or suitable for assessment.

6. How many assessors are assigned to the projects?

Depending on the scale of the project, 3 to 5 assessors are assigned for each project.

7. Are there different levels of award for the LEAF?

There are four different award levels – Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

'Certified' award is given to all successful applications.

'Platinum' award is given to developments with distinguished greenery provision and biodiversity enhancements above and beyond the norm.

8. How long is the process and how will the applicant be informed of the assessment outcome?

Projects will be processed within 2-3 months of the closing date. The LEAF Secretariat will inform the applicant of the outcome via email and letter.

9. The assessment outcome is unsuccessful. Can the applicant appeal?

Yes, unsuccessful applicants can appeal for a review. The request must be lodged with LEAF Secretariat within 14 calendar days from the letter sent.

Renewal of Certification

1. When should we apply for re-certification?

Certified developments should apply for re-certification on the last year of validity of the certification. i.e. Third year for developments certified before 2019, and fifth year for developments certified after 2019. The LEAF Secretariat will inform certified developments to re-apply within 6 months of the expiry date.

E.g. Certified developments in 2013 should apply for re-certification in 2016. The new certification will last until 2019.

2. Where can the validity period of certified developments be found?

The list of certified developments and the corresponding validity periods are available on the LEAF website.

Contact Us

For other enquiries pertaining to LEAF, please contact NParks_LEAF@nparks.gov.sg