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Home Improvement Programme (HIP)

The HIP helps you resolve common maintenance problems of ageing flats such as spalling concrete. HIP works are carried out in a systematic and comprehensive way to minimise inconvenience to you.

What is the HIP?

Flats built up to 1986 that have not undergone the Main Upgrading Programme are eligible for the HIP. The HIP comprises 3 components – Essential, Optional and Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements. If your block votes in favour of the HIP, you will enjoy Essential Improvements that are important for public health and safety, and can also opt for Optional and EASE improvements.

Scope of works

There are 3 main components of works under the HIP: the Essential, Optional and Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements.

Essential improvements

These compulsory improvements are considered necessary for public health, safety, and technical reasons. They include:

  • Repair spalling concrete/ structural cracks
  • Replace waste / soil discharge stacks
  • Replace pipe sockets with new clothes drying rack
  • Upgrade electrical load

Optional improvements

You are given the flexibility to choose the improvements and pay for only your share of the improvements works carried out in your flats.

You may choose any of the following items:

  • Package to upgrade existing toilet(s)/ bathroom(s)
  • New decorative door
  • New metal grille gate
  • New refuse chute hopper

If you decide to opt out of the optional toilet upgrading, your toilets must pass a water test for leaks to prevent ceiling leaks in the flat below.

Here are examples of sections of an HDB flat before and after the HIP works:



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Take a look at this video  to see how the HIP is carried out, and hear from residents who have benefited from this programme.

Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE)

To enhance the safety and comfort of seniors living in our flats, we have introduced EASE as an optional improvement. The current EASE package covers these items: 

  • Slip-resistant treatment to floor tiles to 2 toilets/ bathrooms
  • Grab bars to 2 toilets/ bathrooms
  • Ramps to navigate level differences in the flat and at the main entrance, where technically feasible [Ramp at the main entrance will be offered for entrances with one-step only and if technically feasible, e.g. no space constraints or compliance needed with relevant authorities].

You need not wait for the HIP to come your way before enjoying EASE. The EASE (Direct Application) is offered to HDB flats in all towns, benefitting elderly residents who wish to have the improvements before the HIP, or whose blocks do not qualify for the HIP.

Find out more about EASE (Direct Application) or view this video for more information. 

Construction period

The construction period for a typical precinct comprising 8 to 10 blocks will take about 1.5 to 2 years. Works in each flat will take 10 days or less, depending on the improvements chosen.

Polling requirements

The HIP will only proceed when at least 75% of a block’s eligible Singapore Citizen households have voted in favour of the HIP. Singapore Permanent Resident households are not eligible to poll.

Here is a demo on polling for the HIP. You can also check out the demo on polling for both the HIP and Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) if your block has been selected for the latter.

Precinct working committee

In each HIP precinct, a working committee will be formed to oversee the project. The committee is chaired by the adviser to the grassroots organisation and comprises representatives from the residents, grassroots leaders, HDB officials, and Town Council officials.

Cost and subsidy

These are the payment schemes for Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident households.

Singapore Citizen households

The Government fully funds the essential improvements and subsidises a major portion of the optional improvements. These are the cost-sharing ratios and estimated amounts payable:

Flat Type

1/ 2/ 3-Room




Cost-sharing ratio





Amount payable*





Similarly, EASE is highly subsidised by the Government. If a resident selects all the EASE items, the cost would be about $2,500. As the Government subsidises up to 95% of the cost, Singapore Citizens would only need to pay from $125 to $312.50, depending on their flat type, as shown below.

Flat Type

1/ 2/ 3-Room




Cost of EASE per flat


The Government pays









Singapore Citizens pay









(Maximum amount if all the items are opted for; prices shown are before GST)

For elderly residents living in HDB rental flats, the improvement items will be fully funded by the Government. 

* All amounts stated are estimates and are subject to GST. The final amount will be determined only upon completion of the upgrading works.

You can use our HIP financial calculator to calculate the upgrading cost payable and monthly instalments.

Singapore Permanent Resident households

Singapore Permanent Resident households have to pay the full upgrading cost. For optional improvements, they need not pay for items that they have opted out of.

However, they can be reimbursed with the upgrading subsidy and convert their interest scheme from market interest rate to a concessionary interest rate if a flat owner obtains Singapore citizenship within 1 year from the date of billing under these schemes:

Find out more details about the HIP for your precinct.

Upcoming polling

See which precincts have been shortlisted for the HIP polling.

Batch Precinct Polling Dates
10 Blks 800 - 812 Yishun Ring Rd 29 Sep to 2 Oct 2017
9 Blks 309 - 312, 314, & 317 - 319 Hougang Ave 5/ 7 29 Sep to 2 Oct 2017
10 Blks 132 - 139 Yishun St 11/ Ring Rd 7 to 9 Oct 2017
10 Blks 201 - 210 Serangoon Central 7 to 10 Oct 2017
10 Blks 231 - 238 Tampines St 21 13 to 16 Oct 2017
9 Blks 138 - 145 Lorong Ah Soo 13 to 16 Oct 2017
10 Blks 338 - 340, 401 - 408, & 410 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1/ 10 14 to16 Oct 2017

Polling results

The polling results determine whether a shortlisted precinct will undergo the HIP.

Batch Precinct Polling Dates
10 Blks 770 -774 Yishun Ave 3 15 to 17 Sep 2017
10 Blks 337 - 346 Bukit Batok St 34 15 to 18 Sep 2017
10 Blks 401 - 407 Tampines St 41 22 to 25 Sep 2017
10 Blks 418 - 424 Tampines St 41 22 to 25 Sep 2017
10 Blks 633 - 640 Ang Mo Kio Ave Ave 6 23 to 25 Sep 2017

Scheduled billing dates

See which precincts have been scheduled for billing.

You can subscribe to our eAlert service to receive email notifications when a newly upgraded precinct is scheduled for billing. For precincts that are still undergoing upgrading, billing is not expected to take place within the next 3 months (subject to change).

These precincts are scheduled for billing in the coming months:


Branch In Charge

Scheduled Billing Date

Blk 426 - 435 Clementi Ave 3 Clementi 20 October 2017
Blk 601 - 606 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 Ang Mo Kio 20 November 2017
Blk 209 - 214 Jurong East St 21  Jurong East 20 November 2017
Blk 619 - 629 Bedok Reservoir Rd Bedok 20 November 2017
Blk 7 & 11 Jalan Bukit Merah
Blk 8 - 10 Jalan Rumah Tinggi
Blk 43 - 48, 51 - 54 Lengkok Bahru
Blk 49 & 50 Hoy Fatt Rd
Bukit Merah 20 December 2017
Blk 99 - 106 Aljunied Crescent Geylang 20 December 2017
Blk 145, 146, 148 - 152, 154 - 166 Woodlands St 13 Woodlands 20 December 2017
Blk 681 - 692 Hougang Ave 4 / 8 / Street 61 Hougang 20 January 2018
Blk 119 - 129 Bedok North Rd/ Street 2 Bedok 20 January 2018
Blk 280 - 286 Tampines Street 22 Tampines 20 January 2018


You will only need to pay the upgrading cost after the upgrading works in the precinct are completed and if you are the flat owner at the date of billing. Billing will only occur after the upgrading costs for the precinct and the flat owners' share of the upgrading costs are finalised.

The images in the information provided herein are for illustrative purposes and the actual improvements (including the colour, type, design, dimensions and specifications of the actual improvements) installed may differ from the improvements shown in the images in the information provided herein.

The time frame we give is an estimate and the information does not take into account any change that may occur subsequently. Please check with HDB on the exact billing date and if the information provided herein applies to your circumstances.

Your use of and/or reliance on all or any part of the information relating to the Home Improvement Programme contained in the HDB InfoWEB (the “Content”) is subject to your full acceptance of the Terms of Use of the HDB InfoWEB.

To seek clarification of the Content, please visit to obtain HDB’s contact details.


For more information, you can refer to our HIP information booklet.