Ethnic Integration Policy & SPR Quota
Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP)

The Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP) is 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 buying a resale flat have to meet the SPR quota (that is, the SPR proportion in the block/neighbourhood), in addition to the Ethnic Integration Policy (EIP). The SPR quota ensures that SPR families can integrate into the local community for social cohesion and to prevent enclaves forming in the public housing estates.

The quota will only apply non-Malaysian SPRs households. Malaysians are not included because of our close historical and cultural links.

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 the flat buyers are non-Malaysians SPRs). A non-Malaysian SPR household buyer must satisfy both the ethnic proportion limit and SPR Quota to qualify to buy a resale HDB flat.

How EIP and SPR Quota work

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

Household's Citizenship
Proportion / Quota to Meet
SPR Quota
Singapore Citizen Household
  • at least one Singapore Citizen is listed as buyers
Not Applicable
Malaysian SPR Household
  • no Singapore Citizen are listed as buyers and at least one Malaysian SPR listed as buyers
Not Applicable
Non-Malaysian SPR household
  • all buyers are non-Malaysians

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
  • If the buyer and seller 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. It is applicable for resale applications submitted to the HDB for the same month.

Important Note

Buyers and sellers (or their salesperson) 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.
Last Updated on 02 Jul 2015