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.
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.
From Sep 2015 sales launch onwards, 40% (subject to a minimum of 100 units) of the 2-room Flexi flats will be set aside for elderly. Within this, half (20%) will be set aside for eligible elderly under the Senior Priority Scheme. Elderly who are unsuccessful under the elderly quota, but qualify to buy a 99-year lease 2-room Flexi flat will be included in a second round of balloting alongside non-elderly applicants for the balance flat supply. Any unused elderly quota will be distributed amongst the other households.
Flat Distribution for Non-Elderly for BTO Projects in Non-Mature Estate
4-room & 5-room
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 Non-Elderly for BTO Projects in Mature Estates
Families With PPS
Families With MCPS^
Families with MCPS^
2-room Flexi to 5-room
^ Within the quota, first priority will be given to parents and married child who apply for a flat to live together under one roof
and couples comprising a first-timer and a second-timer are given two
chances compared with se
cond-timer families and first-timer singles
, who are given
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, i
not possible for all first-timer families
to be balloted with small queue numbers.
Additional Chances for Unsuccessful Attempts
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
in non-mature estates.
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:
0 to 1
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 S
ale of Balance Flats and BTO sales exercise in
mature estates are not considered as the supply of such
flats is limited.
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 twice 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.