Home Improvement Programme (HIP)
The HIP helps you resolve common maintenance problems of ageing flats such as spalling concrete. HIP works are carried out in a systematic and comprehensive way to minimise inconvenience to you.
What is the HIP?
Flats built up to 1986 that have not undergone the Main Upgrading Programme are eligible for the HIP. The HIP comprises 3 components – Essential, Optional and Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements. If your block votes in favour of the HIP, you will enjoy Essential Improvements that are important for public health and safety, and can also opt for Optional and EASE improvements.Arrow down icon
Scope of works
There are 3 main components of works under the HIP: the Essential, Optional and Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements.
These compulsory improvements are considered necessary for public health, safety, and for technical reasons. They include:
- Repair spalling concrete/ structural cracks
- Replace waste / soil discharge stacks*
- Replace pipe sockets with new clothes drying rack
- Upgrade electrical load
*The pipes will only be changed if they are cast iron/ mixture of cast iron and UPVC/ UPVC if there are leaks and cracks – as stated in brochures.
You may choose any of the improvements below and pay for only your share of the improvement works carried out in your flat.
- Package to upgrade existing toilet(s)/ bathroom(s)
- New decorative door
- New metal grille gate
- New refuse chute hopper
If you decide to opt out of the optional toilet upgrading, your toilets must pass a water test for leaks to prevent ceiling leaks in the flat below.
Here are examples of an HDB flat before and after the HIP works:
Take a look at this video to see how the HIP is carried out, and hear from residents who have benefitted from this programme.
Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements
To enhance the safety and comfort of seniors living in our flats, we have introduced EASE as an optional improvement. You may choose any of the following items based on your needs:
- Slip-resistant treatment to floor tiles to 2 toilets/ bathrooms
- Grab bars to 2 toilets/ bathrooms
- Ramps to navigate level differences in the flat and at the main entrance, where technically feasible [Ramp at the main entrance will be offered for entrances with single-step ramp, portable ramp or customised ramp for multi-step main entrance, and if technically feasible, e.g. no space constraints or compliance needed with relevant authorities].
You do not need to wait for the HIP to come your way before enjoying EASE. The EASE (Direct Application) is offered to HDB flats in all towns, benefitting elderly residents who wish to have the improvements before the HIP, or whose blocks do not qualify for the HIP.
The construction period for a typical precinct comprising 8 to 10 blocks will take about 1.5 to 2 years. Works in each flat will take 10 days or less, depending on the improvements chosen.
The HIP will only proceed when at least 75% of a block’s eligible Singapore Citizen households have voted in favour of the HIP. Singapore Permanent Resident households are not eligible to poll.
Here is a demo on polling for the HIP. You can also check out the demo on polling for both the HIP and Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) if your block has been selected for the latter.
Precinct working committee
In each HIP precinct, a working committee will be formed to oversee the project. The committee is chaired by the adviser to the grassroots organisation and comprises representatives from the residents, grassroots leaders, HDB officials, and Town Council officials.
Cost and subsidy
These are the payment schemes for Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident households.Arrow down icon
Singapore Citizen households
The Government fully funds the essential improvements and subsidises a major portion of the optional improvements. These are the cost-sharing ratios and estimated amounts payable:
1/ 2/ 3-Room
Similarly, EASE is highly subsidised by the Government. If a resident selects all the EASE items, the cost would be about $2,500. As the Government subsidises up to 95% of the cost, Singapore Citizens would only need to pay from $125 to $312.50, depending on their flat type, as shown below.
1/ 2/ 3-Room
Cost of EASE per flat
The Government pays
Singapore Citizens pay
(Maximum amount if all the items are opted for; prices shown are before GST)
For elderly residents living in HDB rental flats, the improvement items will be fully funded by the Government.
* All amounts stated are estimates and are subject to GST. The final amount will be determined only upon completion of the upgrading works.
You can use our HIP with EASE Financial Calculator to calculate the upgrading cost payable and monthly instalments.
Singapore Permanent Resident households
Singapore Permanent Resident households have to pay the full upgrading cost. For optional improvements, they need not pay for items that they have opted out of.
However, they can be reimbursed with the upgrading subsidy and convert their interest scheme from market interest rate to a concessionary interest rate if a flat owner obtains Singapore citizenship within 1 year from the date of billing under these schemes:
Find out more details about the HIP for your precinct.
See which precincts have been shortlisted for the HIP polling.Arrow down icon
If you wish to find out more about the HIP Guide, you may click on this link .
Batch Precinct Polling Dates 11 Blks 43 - 54 Teban Gardens Rd 16 to 18 Aug 2019 11 Blks 220 - 230, 221A, 223A & 225A Jurong East St 21 16 to 18 Aug 2019 11 Blks 218 - 222 Serangoon Ave 4 17 to 18 Aug 2019 12 Blks 154 - 157 Hougang St 11 & Blks 201, 210 & 211 Hougang St 21 17 to 18 Aug 2019 11 Blks 239 - 246 Hougang St 22 23 to 25 Aug 2019 11 Blks 122 - 135, 631 & 632 Bedok Reservoir Rd 30 Aug to 1 Sep 2019 11 Blks 409 - 416 Pandan Gardens 30 Aug to 1 Sep 2019 12 Blks 351 - 357 Hougang Ave 7 31 Aug to 1 Sep 2019
The polling results determine whether a shortlisted precinct will undergo the HIP.Arrow down icon
Scheduled billing dates
See which precincts have been scheduled for billing.Arrow down icon
You can 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 601 - 613 Hougang Ave 4/ 8 Hougang 20 Aug 2019 Blk 101 - 109 Bt Purmei Road Bukit Merah 20 Aug 2019 Blk 101 - 108 Jln Rajah Toa Payoh 20 Aug 2019 Blk 167 - 169 and 170 - 179 Woodlands St 11/ 13 Woodlands 20 Sep 2019 Blk 307- 320 Woodlands Ave 1/ St 31/ St 32 Woodlands 20 Sep 2019 Blk 150 - 159 & 163 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4/ 5 Ang Mo Kio 20 Oct 2019 Blk 444 - 460 Tampines St 42 Tampines 20 Oct 2019 Blk 343, 346 - 352 and 354 - 359 Clementi Ave 2/5 Clementi 20 Nov 2019 Blk 512 - 514, 535 - 537 and 539 - 542 Bt Batok St 52 Bt Batok 20 Nov 2019 Blk 170 - 176 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 Ang Mo Kio 20 Dec 2019 Blk 231 - 238 Tampines St 21 Tampines 20 Dec 2019
You will only need to pay the 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 images in the information provided herein are for illustrative purposes and the actual improvements (including the colour, type, design, dimensions and specifications of the actual improvements) installed may differ from the improvements shown in the images in the information provided herein.
The time frame we give 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.
To seek clarification of the Content, please visit www.hdb.gov.sg to obtain HDB’s contact details.
For more information, you can refer to our HIP information booklet.