Build-to-Order (BTO)
 

The Build-To-Order (BTO) is a responsive system offering flexibility in location and timing for flat buyers. Eligible buyers (planning to shift into a new HDB apartment in the near future) can apply for apartments in their preferred location from the specific sites launched.




Type of Flats Offered Under the BTO
The BTO Process

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Distribution of flat supply

As first-timer families generally have more urgent housing needs than second timers families, the HDB sets aside more flats for them. From November 2014 sales launch onwards, the Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS) has been enhanced to dedicate certain portion of the new flat supply to further help families live close to one another.

Additionally, the HDB accords priority allocation to first-timer married couples with children under the Parenthood Priority Scheme (PPS).

A couple comprising a first-timer and a second-timer will be placed together with other first-timer families.

Flat Distribution for Non-Mature Estates


Non-Mature Estates
First-Timer
Second-Timer
Flat TypeFamilies With PPSFamilies With MCPS*Other FamiliesSinglesFamilies with ASSISTFamilies with MCPS*Other Families
2-room
30%
5%
5%
30%
5%
15%
10%
3-room
30%
30%
10%
N.A
5%
15%
10%
4-room & 5-room
30%
30%
25%
N.A
N.A
10%
5%

Within the quota*, first priority will be given to:
(a) parents and married child who apply for a flat to live together under one roof; and
(b) parents who own a flat in the mature estate and apply for a flat in the non-mature estate to live near their married child


Flat Distribution for Mature Estates


Mature Estates
First-Timer
Second-Timer
Flat Type
Families With PPS
Families With MCPS^
Other Families
Families with MCPS^
Other Families
2-room
30%
30%
35%
3%
2%
3-room
30%
30%
35%
3%
2%
4-room & 5-room
30%
30%
35%
3%
2%

^ Within the quota, first priority will be given to parents and married child who apply for a flat to live together under one roof


Allocation of Chances in the Ballot

First-timer families and couples comprising a first-timer and a second-timer are given two chances compared with second-timer families and first-timer singles, who are given one chance. In addition, first-timer families who apply under the Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS) will receive more chances compared with other first-timer families:

Type of Applicant
Number of chances
First-Timer (Family)
Second-Timer (Family)
First-Timer (Singles)
Public Applicant
2
1
1

Although first-timer families are given more chances, we cannot guarantee a 100% success for all first-timer families, especially when there is overwhelming demand for the flats. In addition, it is not possible for all first-timer families to be balloted with small queue numbers.

Additional Chances for Unsuccessful Attempts

First-timer families and couples comprising a first-timer and a second-timer who are not successful for two or more times in the application for a flat in the Build-To-Order (BTO) exercises in non-mature estates, will be given an additional chance for each subsequent unsuccessful attempt for a BTO flat in non-mature estates.

Example
For example, a first-timer family on their third attempt would receive 3 (i.e. 2 + 1) chances and 4 (i.e. 2 + 2) on his 4th attempt and so forth. Please see illustration below:

No. of previous unsuccessful BTO attempts in non-mature estates
Additional
Chances
Total chances for First-Timer (Family)
0 to 1
0
2
2
1
2+1
3
2
2+2
4
3
2+3

In computing the number of unsuccessful attempts, only applications where the applicant is not invited to select a flat in a BTO sales exercise in non-mature estates will be considered.

Unsuccessful attempts in the ad hoc Sale of Balance Flats and BTO sales exercise in mature estates are not considered as the supply of such flats is limited.

Important Information:
To manage the growing trend of repeated non-selection of flat, the following measures are taken:
  • First-timer families who are invited to select a flat but do not book a unit for whatever reasons, will have all their previous unsuccessful attempts set to zero and
  • First-timer families who reject two chances to select a flat will have their first-timer priority removed for a period of one year. If they apply for a flat in any HDB sales exercise within that one-year period, their application will be placed together with second-timer families and they will not be given additional chances for any unsuccessful attempts for a BTO flat in non-mature estates.
  • During the one-year period, if they are invited to select a flat but do not a book a unit for whatever reasons, their first-timer priority will continue to be suspended.
  • From the July 2013 BTO exercise onwards, first-timer singles and second-timer families who reject two chances to select a flat will not be able to participate in BTO/SBF exercises for a period of one year.

Last Updated on 29 Nov 2014