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.
The HIP was introduced in 2007. At that time, flats built up to 1986, and had not undergone the Main Upgrading Programme were eligible for the HIP. In August 2018, the HIP was extended to include flats built between 1987 and 1997.
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. At the same time, you can opt for Optional and EASE improvements.
These compulsory improvements are considered necessary for public health, safety, and for technical reasons. They include:
You may choose any of the improvements below and pay for only your share of the improvement works carried out in your flat.
* Your toilets must pass a water test for leaks to prevent ceiling leaks in the flat below, if you decide to opt out of the optional toilet upgrading.
Since 2020, we have refreshed the HIP package to include more contemporary and better quality improvement items. These new fittings and finishes apply to HIP projects polling after 30 March 2020:
Six horizontal stainless steel poles, which can be extended and retracted within the frame of the rack
Watch how the external retractable clothes drying rack works, and how you can maintain it.
Larger wall/ floor tiles
Better quality sanitary fittings
Decorative timber door or laminated timber door, with enhanced resistance against scratches
Wrought iron grill gate or mild steel entrance gate with interior thumb-turn knob
Take a look at this video to see how the HIP is carried out, and hear from residents who have benefitted from this programme.
To enhance the safety and comfort of seniors living in HDB flats, we have introduced EASE as an optional improvement. You may choose any of the following items based on your needs:
EASE (Direct Application)
You can still enjoy the benefits of EASE if you wish to have the improvements before the HIP, or if your blocks do not qualify for the HIP, and the programme is offered to all HDB flats in all towns.
Find out more about EASE (Direct Application) or view this video for more information on EASE improvements.
The time required for HIP to be completed for a typical precinct (comprising 8 to 10 blocks) will take about 1.5 to 2 years. Works in each flat will take 10 working days or less, depending on the improvements chosen.
The HIP will only proceed if 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.
In each HIP precinct, a working committee, chaired by the Adviser to the Grassroots Organisation will be formed. The committee comprises representatives from the residents, grassroots leaders, HDB officials, and Town Council officials. HDB will work with the working committee to implement the HIP.
These are the payment schemes for Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident 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:
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Similarly, EASE is highly subsidised by the Government. If a resident selects all the EASE items, the cost would be about:
For elderly residents living in HDB rental flats, the improvement items will be fully funded by the Government.
Singapore Permanent Resident households have to pay the full upgrading cost. For optional and EASE 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.
If you wish to find out more about the HIP Guide, you may click on this link.
The polling results determine whether a shortlisted precinct will undergo the HIP.
See which precincts have been scheduled for billing.
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).
Branch In Charge
Date of Billing
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 ima21ges 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 on the HIP works after a successful poll, you can refer to our HIP information booklet.