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A change of trade involves a change in the business that is provided, for example, a change from selling clothes to selling stationery. This guide shares with you the procedures and things to note for a change of trade. In addition, if you are a rental shop tenant, kindly note the administrative fees and potential rent changes.
Before you change your trade, please take note of the following terms and conditions:
There will be rent changes if there is a change of use of the living quarters to non-residential use or to a family restaurant.
You can obtain a 1-day approval for change or inclusion of trades if the proposed trade falls within the list of allowable trades that have been approved by us.
If your proposed trade(s) is/ are not listed above, you can apply for a change or inclusion of trade using our e-Application for tenancy change.
For premises let out for specific trade/ use, the proposed subtenant’s trade(s) must comply with the conditions specified during tender allocation. For example, if the unit is only for ‘office’ use, we will not consider any change of trade/ use.
The subtenant’s trade must not duplicate the trades that are already available in the same cluster of shops.
You need to submit your application forms and documents to us via GoBusiness Licensing. Please refer here for a step by step guide.
For units in HDB shopping and office complexes, please approach the respective Managing Agents.
The administrative fees are as follows:
You can operate retail/ service trades under the list of allowable trades. All trades must be operated within the premises except for the use of living quarters, which must be used exclusively for residential purposes.
Note that the use of the common area requires the respective Town Council’s approval.
Here is a list of HDB shopping and office complexes.
You can rent a unit from our tenant or shop owner. These are the application instructions and conditions.
Here are details on the criteria and procedure to take over an HDB commercial unit from an existing tenant.