Ethnic Integration Policy & SPR Quota
 

Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP)

The Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) was implemented to promote racial integration and harmony. The policy also aims to prevent the formation of racial enclaves by ensuring a balanced ethnic mix among the various ethnic communities living in public housing estates.

SPR Quota

Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) families applying to buy a resale flat will have to meet the SPR quota, in addition to the set ethnic group proportions under EIP. The SPR quota ensures that SPR families can better integrate into the local community for social cohesion and to prevent enclaves forming in the public housing estates. The quota will only apply to non-Malaysian SPRs. Malaysian SPRs will not be subject to the SPR quota, in view of their close cultural and historical similarities with Singaporeans.

Citizenship
Maximum proportion for Non-Malaysian SPR Households
Neighbourhood
Block
Citizens
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Malaysian SPRs
Non-Malaysian SPRs
5%
8%

Definition of Non-Malaysian SPR Households

A non-Malaysian SPR household is one with no Singapore Citizen or Malaysian-SPR buyers (that is, where all SPR buyers are non-Malaysians). A non-Malaysian SPR household buyer must satisfy both the ethnic proportion and SPR Quota to qualify to buy a resale HDB flat.

How EIP and SPR Quota work

When the ethnic group proportion or SPR quota or both have reached the block/neighbourhood limit, a buyer will not be allowed to buy a flat as it will lead to an increase in that ethnic proportion or SPR quota or both.

Household's Citizenship
Proportion / Quota to Meet
Singapore Citizen Household
  • at least one Singapore Citizen listed as buyers
EIP
Malaysian SPR Household
  • no Singapore Citizen listed as buyers and at least one Malaysian SPR listed as buyers
EIP
Non-Malaysian SPR household
  • all buyers are non-Malaysian SPRs
EIP and SPR Quota

There is no restriction on the sale and purchase of an HDB flat if:
  • the proportion of the buyer's ethnic group/SPR Quota is within the prescribed block and neighbourhood limits
  • the buyer and seller of the resale flat are of the same ethnic group and citizenship

You can check the buyer's ethnic group and SPR Quota eligibility in any particular block using the eService - Enquiry on Buyers' eligibility under the Ethnic Integration Policy and SPR Quota


The ethnic proportions and SPR quota are updated on the first day of every month. They are applicable for resale applications submitted to the HDB for that same month.

Important Note
Buyers and sellers (or their agents) will have to submit their respective portions of the resale application separately. A resale application is deemed complete only when the HDB receives both portions of the resale application. Buyers and sellers should ensure that they meet all the prevailing eligibility conditions and resale requirements on the date the second party submits his portion of the resale application. More on submission of resale application.
Last Updated on 07 Jan 2014