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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 residents can access their homes conveniently, especially the elderly, disabled, and families with young children.

HDB blocks built before 1990 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 1 year from the date of billing, they can be reimbursed with the upgrading subsidy. They can also convert their interest scheme 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 1 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.

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 3 or 4 floors. For a typical high-rise HDB block, the lift shaft can be installed in a single 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 1 year is needed from the start of piling, to the time the lift becomes operational.

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

Lift upgrading programme
Precast lift shaft installation.

Lift upgrading programme
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 9 months, and 1 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.


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.

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 211 Hougang St 21 Hougang 20 Apr 2019
Blk 101, 105, 107 Lengkok Tiga Geylang 20 May 2019
Blk 544, 545 & 561 Hougang Ave 8/Hougang St 51 Hougang 20 May 2019
Blk 236 Lor 1 Toa Payoh Toa Payoh 20 May 2019
Blk 472, 474, 476 & 477 Tampines St 43/44 Tampines 20 May 2019
Blk 134 Petir Road Choa Chu Kang 20 Jun 2019
Blk 59 New Upper Changi Rd Bedok 20 Jun 2019
Blk 530 & 532 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 Ang Mo Kio 20 Jun 2019
Blk 12 Haig Road Geylang 20 Jun 2019
Blk 21 Joo Seng Rd Geylang 20 Jun 2019
Blk 292, 417, 306 & 307 Choa Chu Kang Ave 3/4 Choa Chu Kang 20 Jun 2019
Blk 526 Jurong West St 52 Jurong West 20 Jun 2019
Blk 646, 651 & 659 Hougang Ave 8 Hougang 20 Jun 2019
Blk 935 & 937 Jurong West St 91 Jurong West 20 Jun 2019
Blk 338 & 353 Hougang Ave 7 Hougang 20 Jul 2019
Blk 555 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 Ang Mo Kio 20 Jul 2019
Blk 495B Tampines St 43 Tampines 20 Aug 2019
Blk 202 - 207, 211, 213, 214, 216, 217, 219 - 221, 224 - 226, 232 & 234 Bishan St 22/23 Bishan 20 Aug 2019


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.

Your use of and/or reliance on all or any part of the information relating to the Lift Upgrading Programme contained in the HDB InfoWEB (the “Content”) is subject to your full acceptance of the Terms of Use of the HDB InfoWEB.

To seek clarification of the Content, please visit to obtain HDB’s contact details.



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