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Priority Schemes

For first-timer applicants and those with more urgent housing needs, there are privileges and priority schemes in place to improve your chances of being balloted for a new HDB flat during Build-To-Order (BTO) and Sale of Balance Flat (SBF) sales launches. You might also be given priority for Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) flats and Executive Condominiums (EC).

Please note that no priority or privilege applies for flat selection queue numbers. Those are randomly generated for all balloted flat applicants.

Privileges for first-timers

As a first-timer applicant, your housing needs are more pressing. You thus enjoy greater priority and other privileges when you apply for a new HDB flat, DBSS flat, or EC.

Couples comprising a first-timer and second-timer applicant

You will also be considered as a first-timer family, and will enjoy the same priority benefits.

Privileges

HDB

DBSS

EC

  • Higher proportion of flat supply
  • More ballot chances
  • Additional ballot chances for unsuccessful attempts
  • May be eligible for Staggered Downpayment Scheme

95% of flat supply is set aside for first-timer families during the initial launch period (1 month)

70% of flat supply is set aside for first-timer families during the initial launch period (1 month)

Higher proportion of flat supply

In BTO and SBF sales launches, more flats are set aside for first-timers.

BTO and SBF flat distribution for first-timers

From the November 2015 sales launch, 40% of the 2-room Flexi flats will be set aside for elderly applicants.  Any unused elderly quota will be distributed amongst the other households.

BTO distribution for non-elderly in non-mature estates

Flat type

Families (PPS)

Families (MCPS)

Other families

Singles

2-room Flexi

5%

5%

10%

50%

3-room

30%

30%

10%

N/A

4- and 5-room

30%

30%

25%

N/A

BTO distribution for non-elderly in mature estates

Flat type

Families (PPS)

Families (MCPS)

Other families

2-room Flexi to 5-room

30%

30%

35%

SBF distribution for non-elderly in non-mature estates

Flat type Families (PPS)

Families (MCPS)

Other families

Singles
2-room Flexi 50%

30%

10%

5%
SBF distribution for non-elderly in mature estates
Flat type Families (PPS) Families (MCPS) Other families
2-room Flexi and bigger 50% 30% 15%

For more information, you can read about PPS and MCPS further down this page.

DBSS flat and EC distributions for first-timers

Mode of Sale

First-timers

Second-timers

DBSS

95%

5%

EC

70%

30%

 

More ballot chances and additional chances after unsuccessful attempts

You will get 2 ballot chances as compared to second-timer applicants, who get 1 ballot chance. In cases where there is an overwhelming demand for flats, we cannot guarantee a 100% success in the ballot. Should you be unsuccessful for 2 or more applications (as a first-timer family) for BTO sales launches in non-mature estates, you will get 1 additional chance per subsequent application.

More ballot chances for first-timers

Type of Applicant

Number of Chances

 

First-timer

Second-timer

Public Applicant (PA)

2

1

Additional ballot chances after 2 unsuccessful applications

For BTO sales launches in non-mature estates, a first-timer family/ couple will get additional chances if the first 2 applications were unsuccessful.

No. of Previous Unsuccessful Applications

(For BTO sales launches in non-mature estates)

Additional Chances

(+1 per application after 2 unsuccessful applications)

Total

(Additional chances + 2 first-timer chances)

0 to 1

0

2

2

1

3

3

2

4

4

3

5

An application is only considered unsuccessful if you are not invited to select a flat, i.e. not balloted.

Additional chances are not given for SBF and BTO sales launches in mature estates as the supply of those flats is limited.

Application restrictions for rejecting a BTO/ SBF flat

To manage repeated non-selection of flats by first-timers, please note that:

  • Those who were invited to select a flat but did not do so, will have their previous unsuccessful applications set to 0
  • Should an applicant reject 2 chances to select a flat, any and all first-timer privileges will be removed for a period of 1 year. Any flat applications made during this period will be placed together with second-timer applicants, and no additional ballot chances are given

Priority schemes 

Priority schemes enhance your chances in the computer ballot that we conduct for flat applications. You can apply for these if all the people listed in your flat application meet the eligibility conditions. 

Priority Scheme

Available For:

 

HDB

DBSS*

EC

Parenthood Priority Scheme (PPS)

Yes

No

No

Multi-Generation Priority Scheme (MGPS)

Yes

No

No

Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS)

Yes

Yes

No

Third-Child Priority (TCP) Scheme

Yes

Yes

No

Assistance Scheme for Second-Timers (Divorced/ Widowed Parents) (ASSIST)

Yes

No

No

Tenants’ Priority Scheme (TPS)

Yes

No

No

Senior Priority Scheme (SPS)

Yes

No

No

* The DBSS developer will only make known the flat quota during the initial project launch, and has flexibility in how it administers the priority schemes. Please check with the developer for more details.

You can get priority for up to 2 schemes. So long as you meet all of the applicable eligibility conditions, you can apply for 1 priority scheme with the exception of PPS, where PPS applicants can also apply for TCP and/ or MGPS, and vice versa.

Parenthood Priority Scheme (PPS)

This scheme helps first-timer married couples with children get their flat more easily.

Flat allocation

Up to 30% of BTO units and 50% of SBF units are allocated to applicants under this scheme.

Eligibility conditions

You must be a first-timer applying as a married couple. In addition, you must either be expecting your first Singapore Citizen child at the time of your application, or have at least 1 Singapore Citizen child aged below 16 (natural offspring from the lawful marriage or legally adopted).

Balloting process if you also applied for TCP and/ or MGPS

The balloting is conducted for each priority scheme. For example, a married couple with 3 children is eligible for the TCP scheme and PPS. Their application will first be balloted with other TCP scheme applicants. If that ballot is unsuccessful, their application is then balloted again under the PPS.

Multi-Generation Priority Scheme (MGPS)

This scheme helps married children and their parents get new flats in the same precinct. Parents and their married child can make a joint application for 2 flats in a BTO project where 2-room Flexi or 3-room flats are integrated in the flat mix.

Flat allocation

  • Flat allocation (parents): Up to 15% of the 2-room Flexi or 3-room flats (minimum of 20 units)
  • Flat allocation (married child’s household): Corresponding number of 2-room Flexi or larger flats 

Eligibility conditions

  • Parents must submit a joint application with their married child
  • Parents can only apply for a 2-room Flexi or 3-room flat
  • The married child’s household can apply for a 2-room Flexi or larger flat

How it works

  • If balloted, both households (parents and married child) will have the opportunity to choose flats on the same floor or elsewhere in the BTO project, from a pool of pre-identified flats
  • 3 queue numbers will be given for MGPS cases. 1 will be under MGPS, and 2 will be under the Public Scheme
  • The 1 MGPS queue number lets both MGPS households choose their flats together
    • The 2 Public Scheme queue numbers will be given to each household to choose a flat as a public applicant
    • Depending on the ballot results, you can choose whether to book the flats jointly under the MGPS, or as public applicants

Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS)

This scheme helps a married child and the parents live closer together, either in the same flat, same estate, or in a neighbouring estate. This makes it easier for children to care for their aged parents. Couples applying for a flat under the Fiancé/Fiancée Scheme may also apply for MCPS.

Flat allocation

  • Flat allocation (first-timer families): Up to 30% of BTO/ SBF units
  • Flat allocation (second-timer families): Up to 15% of BTO units, up to 3% of SBF units

Eligibility conditions (near parents/ married child)

  • At least 1 of the parents or the married child/ child’s spouse is a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Your parents/ married child and spouse are staying in the same town or within 2 kilometres of the flat you are applying for. They must be doing so as one of the following:
    • Owners or occupiers of an HDB flat there
    • Tenants or occupiers of a flat there that is rented from HDB
    • Owners of a private property there

Eligibility conditions (with parents/ married child)

  • At least 1 of the parents or the married child/ child’s spouse is a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Your parents/ married child and spouse are included in your flat application to live together with you

Quota of flats given priority under MCPS

Household Status

BTO Sales Launch

SBF Sales Launch

Non-mature estate*

Mature estate 

2-room

3-room

4-/ 5-room

2-room and bigger^

First-timer family

5%

30%

30%

30%

30%

Second-timer family

15%

15%

10%

3%

3%

* Within the quota, first priority is given to these cases:

  • Applicants who apply for a flat to live together with their parents/ married child, i.e. applying for priority under MCPS (with parents/ married child)
  • Parents who own a flat in a mature estate and are applying for a flat in a non-mature estate to live closer to their married child

^ Within the quota, first priority is given to:

  • Applicants who apply for a flat to live together with their parents/ married child, i.e. applying for priority under MCPS (with parents/ married child)

First priority

The available quota is first given to MCPS applicants that are eligible for first priority. Any remaining quota then goes to the other MCPS applicants.

5-year Minimum Occupation Period: MCPS (near parents/ married child)

For 5 years starting from the date you take possession of your new flat, the household that qualified you for MCPS (i.e. your parents or married child) must continue to live within the same estate or within 2km of your new flat. 

5-year Minimum Occupation Period: MCPS (with parents/ married child)

For 5 years starting from the date you take possession of your new flat, the household that qualified you for MCPS (i.e. your parents or married child) must continue to live with you in the new flat.

Third-Child Priority Scheme (TCP)

This scheme helps families with more than 2 children and encourages the formation of larger families. Your application will be included in the first ballot round; if unsuccessful, your application is then included in the second ballot round, together with other public applicants.

Flat allocation

Flat allocation is up to 5% of BTO/ SBF units.

Eligibility conditions

  • You and/ or your spouse is a Singapore Citizen
  • Your family must consist of at least 3 children (natural offspring from the lawful marriage or legally adopted)
  • Third child must be a Singapore Citizen born on or after 1 January 1987
  • Other children must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • You have not previously bought a flat under the TCP Scheme

Assistance Scheme for Second-Timers (Divorced/ Widowed Parents) (ASSIST)

This scheme provides assistance to divorced or widowed persons with children below 16 years old.

Flat allocation

The flat allocation is up to 5% of BTO 2-room Flexi and 3-room flats in non-mature estates. This quota is shared with the 30% quota set aside for second-timers.

Eligibility conditions

  • You must have at least 1 child aged below 16 years old (natural offspring from the lawful marriage or legally adopted)
  • You must not have owned/ disposed of a flat or private residential property after the date of divorce/ separation or demise of the spouse

Tenants’ Priority Scheme (TPS)

This scheme helps tenants of HDB rental flats to purchase their own home. The TPS quota is also for those applying under the Selective En bloc Redvelopment Scheme (SERS), Relocation and Resettlement.

Flat allocation

The flat allocation is up to 10% of 2-room Flexi and 3-room BTO/ SBF units.

Eligibility conditions

  • You and your family must be first-timers (second-timers can apply from the May 2016 sales exercise onwards)
  • You and your family must have been living in a flat rented from HDB for at least 2 years

Senior Priority Scheme (SPS)

This scheme helps elderly residents who wish to age-in-place in a familiar environment or live near their parents/ married child, in a 2-room Flexi flat.

Flat allocation

At least 40% of 2-room Flexi flats offered during our sales launches will be set aside for elderly applicants. Within this, half (20%) will be set aside for eligible elderly under the SPS.

Eligibility conditions (applying near your existing flat)

You need to apply for a 2-room Flexi flat located in the same town or estate, or within 2 kilometres, of the flat/ private property that you own and currently occupy.

Eligibility (married applicant applying near parents/ married child flat)

  • At least 1 of the parents or the married child/ child’s spouse is a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Your parents/ married child are living in the same town or within 2 kilometres of the 2-room Flexi flat you are applying for, as one of the following:
    • Owners or occupiers of an HDB flat there
    • Tenants or occupiers of a flat there that is rented from HDB
    • Owners of a private property there
  • Your parents/ married child are included in your flat application to live together with you