The Qualified Person (QP) has to submit development plan for NParks’ assessment and approval at Development Control (DC), Building Plan (BP) and Certification of Statutory Completion (CSC) stages.
QPs are no longer required to make applications for the Commissioner’s approval at the BP stage for all new development projects submitted to NParks on or after 1 Sep 2020.
For details of the circular launched on 1 Jun 2020, please click here.
For information on the new application process, please click here.
Application for DC Approval
Generally, NParks’ DC approval is required if your development will be:
a. Providing new or affecting existing requisite planting area, such as green buffers, peripheral planting verges, or open air parking planting areas within and adjacent to the development site.
b. Removing trees (above 1.0m girth) within a Tree Conservation Area or vacant land.
c. Providing new or affecting existing roadside green verges and / or public parks.
d. Proposing new or removing existing roadside and / or public parks trees and shrubs which are under NParks' management.
e. Affecting roadside and / or public parks trees due to proposed entrances or boundary walls.
f. Affecting Heritage Road green buffers.
g. Providing an open space as part of a landed housing development, or any other development as stipulated by URA.
h. Proposing new or relocating existing pedestrian overhead bridge, second level link bridge or underground linkage
Application for BP Approval (Applicable to development projects submitted to NParks before 1 Sep 2020)
There are two different types of BP application to NParks: BP for Internal work- BP (Internal) and BP for external work -BP (external). Generally, BP (internal) application is for NParks’ approval for requirements within the development site, whereas BP (external) application is for NParks’ requirements outside of the development site, usually along the roadside.
QP will be notified through NParks' DC approval letter to make application for NParks' BP (internal) approval for their specific development. Generally, NParks would be assessing the following:
a. Planting scheme for the requisite planting areas such as green buffers, peripheral planting verges and open air parking planting areas.
b. Conservation of trees (above 1.0m girth) within a Tree Conservation Area or vacant land.
c. Technical requirements and planting scheme for open space, which is provided as part of a landed housing development or any other development as stipulated by URA.
Generally, NParks’ BP (external) clearance is required if your development will be:
a. Providing new or affecting existing roadside green verges and / or public parks.
b. Proposing new or removing existing roadside greenery and / or public parks trees and shrubs, which are under NParks’ management.
c. Affecting Heritage Road green buffer.
d. Proposing new or relocating existing pedestrian overhead bridge, or any other infrastructure, which requires the provision of irrigation system to be handed over for NParks’ management.
For landscaping works, developers and owners may wish to engage NParks' term Contractors for horticulture, aboriculture and turf management services. Please click here to download the contact list of NParks' current term contractors
Application for CSC approval
NParks’ approval will indicate whether the application for NParks’ CSC approval is required. When the development works are completed, QP may request for an inspection for the completed greenery provision and plantings. CSC clearance will be issued when the completed works are in accordance with the approved plan/s and meet NParks’ requirements.
CSC inspection is strictly based on the approved plan/s and waiver will not be granted at CSC stage. Any deviation from the approved plan should be re-submitted for amendment and clearance.