Priority Schemes

For first-timer applicants and those with more urgent housing needs, there are privileges and priority schemes in place to improve your chances of being balloted to book an HDB flat under our Build-To-Order (BTO) and Sale of Balance Flat (SBF) sales launches. You may also be given priority for Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) flats and Executive Condominiums (EC).

Watch these videos to learn more about first-timer benefits and priority schemes when buying an HDB flat.

Please note that no priority or privilege applies for queue numbers to book a flat. Those are randomly generated for flat applicants who are successful in the ballot.

Privileges for first-timers

As a first-timer applicant, your housing needs are more pressing. You will enjoy greater priority and other privileges when you apply for a new HDB flat, DBSS flat, or EC.

Couples comprising a first-timer and second-timer applicant

You will also be considered as a first-timer family, and will enjoy the same priority benefits.

Privileges

HDB

DBSS

EC

  • Higher proportion of flat supply
  • More ballot chances
  • Additional ballot chances following unsuccessful BTO applications
  • May be eligible for Staggered Downpayment Scheme

95% of flat supply is set aside for first-timer families during the initial launch period (1 month)

70% of flat supply is set aside for first-timer families during the initial launch period (1 month)

Higher proportion of flat supply

In sales launches, more flats are set aside for first-timers.

BTO and SBF flat distribution for first-timers

From the November 2015 sales launch, at least 40% (subject to a minimum of 100 units for each BTO project) of the 2-room Flexi flats will be set aside for elderly applicants.  Any unused elderly quota will be distributed amongst the other households.

BTO distribution for non-elderly in non-mature estates

Flat type

Families (PPS)

Families (MCPS)

Other families

Singles

2-room Flexi

5%

5%

10%

50%

3-room

30%

30%

10%

N/A

4- and 5-room

30%

30%

25%

N/A

BTO distribution for non-elderly in mature estates

Flat type

Families (PPS)

Families (MCPS)

Other families

2-room Flexi to 5-room

30%

30%

35%

SBF distribution for non-elderly in non-mature estates

Flat type Families (PPS)

Families (MCPS)

Other families

Singles
2-room Flexi 50%

30%

10%

5%
3-room and bigger 50% 30% 15% N.A.
SBF distribution for non-elderly in mature estates
Flat type Families (PPS) Families (MCPS) Other families
2-room Flexi and bigger 50% 30% 15%

BTO distribution for projects with shorter waiting time

Flat type

Families (PPS)

Families (MCPS)

Other families

Singles

4-room & bigger flats

30%

30%

35%

N/A

For more information, you can read about PPS and MCPS further down this page.

DBSS flat and EC distributions for first-timers

Mode of Sale

First-timers

Second-timers

DBSS

95%

5%

EC

70%

30%

 

More ballot chances and additional chances after unsuccessful attempts

You will get 2 ballot chances as compared to second-timer applicants, who get 1 ballot chance. However, in cases where there is an overwhelming demand for flats, we cannot guarantee that all first-timers will be successful in the ballot. Should you be unsuccessful for 2 or more BTO applications (as a first-timer family) in the non-mature estates, you will get 1 additional chance per subsequent BTO application in the non-mature estates.

More ballot chances for first-timers

Type of Applicant

Number of Chances

 

First-timer

Second-timer

Public Applicant (PA)

2

1

Additional ballot chances after 2 unsuccessful applications

For BTO sales launches in the non-mature estates, first-timers will get additional chances if their first