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Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP)

The LUP upgrades lift services to achieve direct lift access on every floor where feasible, thus enhancing residents’ convenience. Here, you can learn more about the lift upgrading process, view upcoming polling events and results, and find out the billing dates for the various precincts.

What is the LUP?

The LUP was introduced so that residents can access their homes conveniently, especially the elderly, mobile impaired, and families with young children.

HDB blocks built decades ago were not provided with complete lift access, however, under the LUP now, older HDB blocks are upgraded to provide direct lift access through the upgrading of existing lifts. New lift shafts and lifts will be provided where technically and economically feasible.

Cost and subsidy

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

Singapore citizen households

All flat owners who stand to benefit from the lift upgrading will need to pay the upgrading costs.

With the Government subsidising a large portion of the cost and the Town Council paying a portion of the remainder, flat owners will only need pay up to a maximum of $3,000 (subject to GST). The actual cost will depend on the flat type and block configuration. 

Singapore permanent resident households 

Singapore permanent resident households need to pay the full upgrading cost, without subsidies. However, if any flat owner obtains Singapore Citizenship within one year from the date of billing, they can be reimbursed with the upgrading subsidy. They can also convert the interest scheme of their instalment payment plan from our market interest rate to a concessionary interest rate.

Find out more about these schemes:

How does the LUP work?

We will first identify the HDB blocks that require lift upgrading, and this is followed by a polling exercise. Lift upgrading will only proceed when at least 75% of your block’s eligible Singapore citizen households are in favour of it.

Step 1: Identifying HDB blocks that require lift upgrading

When selecting blocks for lift upgrading, we take into account:

  • Age of the block
  • Residents’ needs
  • Technical viability
  • Cost

Step 2: Polling by the residents within the identified HDB flat

If your precinct is selected for the LUP:

  • A poll will be conducted
  • An exhibition will be held during the polling exercise to display lift upgrading proposals and plans
  • All eligible Singapore citizen households must poll to indicate whether each flat owner is in favour of the LUP
    • Eligible households are those that have at least one flat owner holding Singapore citizenship

For lift upgrading to proceed in your block, at least 75% of your block’s eligible Singapore citizen households must vote in favour of the programme.

You can view the demo on polling if your block is selected for the LUP.


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Step 3: Proceeding with lift upgrading

Lift construction typically involves detection and diversion works, micro-piling, lift shaft installation, and upgrading of existing lifts.

Services detection and diversion works

Before construction for a new lift begins, we will work with the various service agencies to detect and divert existing underground cables and pipes, to make way for the new lift shaft. The diversion works will last about 6 months to a year. During this time, slight disruption to water, electricity, gas, and telephone services is expected because of the need to reconnect these services.

Lift upgrading programme


To support the new lift shaft, piling may be carried out. Micro-piling machines that are relatively quiet are used to reduce disturbance to residents.

Lift upgrading programme

Lift shaft installation

Lift shaft installation is done using either precast components or steel. Initially, the lift shaft components are hoisted using lift cranes. A mobile working platform will then be erected next to the new lift shaft to facilitate jointing and painting the precast components. Installation can be carried out faster for steel shafts as their lighter weight enables them to be jointed in stacks of three or four floors. For a typical high-rise HDB block, the lift shaft can be installed in one day. Safety precautions will be taken during each installation.

Next, lift parts will be installed, along with architectural, mechanical, and electrical works. The new lift will be rigorously tested before it becomes available for public use.

About one year is needed from the start of piling, to the time the lift becomes operational.

Here are some images showing precast lift shaft installation and steel lift shaft installation:

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Precast lift shaft installation.

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Steel lift shaft installation.

Upgrading of existing lifts

Once the new lift is operational, we will begin upgrading the existing lifts. This usually takes around nine months, and one of the existing lifts may be permanently shut down.

In general, after upgrading, you will enjoy faster lifts with improved lighting.

This infographic summarises what goes on in an LUP.

What goes on in LUP

Step 4: Paying your upgrading cost

You can read more on how you can pay your upgrading cost, as well as the types of financial assistance available.

Lift access Housing Grant

Singapore Citizen households who are in urgent need of direct lift access due to medical conditions or mobility reasons, may be eligible for the Lift access Housing Grant (LHG) to help them buy an HDB flat with direct lift access.

Eligible Singaporean families and Singapore Citizen singles will receive the LHG of up to $30,000 and $15,000 respectively to buy either a resale flat or a new flat from HDB with direct lift access, if they:

• Have medical conditions or mobility reasons
• Do not have direct lift access
• Live in a block where the Lift Upgrading Programme is not feasible

To qualify for the full amount of the LHG, the alternative flat with direct lift access must have sufficient remaining lease to cover the youngest buyer and spouse/ fiancé(e) to the age of 95 and above. Otherwise, the grant amount will be pro-rated.


Find out more details about the LUP for your precinct.


Upcoming polling

See which precincts have been shortlisted for LUP polling.

There is no LUP polling for the month of March.

Polling results

Batch Precinct Polling Dates
12 Blk 164 Bukit Merah Central 11 Jul 2018



Scheduled billing dates

Here are the precincts scheduled for billing in the coming months.

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 353 & 355 Bukit Batok Street 31/34 Bukit Batok 20 Mar 2020
Blk 271 Bt Batok East Ave 4 Bukit Batok 20 May 2020


You will only need to pay the lift 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 time frame provided 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.

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For more information, you can refer to our LUP FAQ booklet.