Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II ADMINISTRATION OF ACT

Part III NATIONAL PARKS AND NATURE RESERVES

Part IV PROTECTION AND CONSERVATION OF TREES AND PLANTS

Division 1 — Tree conservation areas

Division 2 — Heritage road green buffers

Division 3 — Approvals, reinstatement notices and evidence

Part V PLANTING AREAS, PUBLIC OPEN SPACES AND GREEN VERGES

Division 1 — Planting areas and streetscapes

Division 2 — Open spaces set aside as public parks

Division 3 — Green verges

Division 4 — Specifications and approvals

Part VI PREVENTION OF DANGERS

Part VII POWERS OF ENFORCEMENT

Part VIII OFFENCES, PENALTIES AND PROCEEDINGS

Part IX GENERAL

THE SCHEDULE Areas Designated As National Parks and Nature Reserves

Legislative Source Key

Legislative History

Comparative Table

Division 2 — Heritage road green buffers
Heritage road green buffers
16.
—(1)  If, after consulting the Board, it appears to the Minister expedient to conserve the flora or vegetation in any area of Singapore (not within any national park or nature reserve) as important elements of the surrounding streetscape or landscape, the Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, designate —
(a)
any green verge (whether within or outside a tree conservation area); or
(b)
any other area located along or on land fronting, adjoining or abutting any street (whether within or outside a tree conservation area),
as a heritage road green buffer.
(2)  A copy of any map of a heritage road green buffer published in the Gazette, being a copy purporting to be certified by the Commissioner as being a true copy of the map so published, shall be admissible in any legal proceedings and shall be evidence of the matters contained in the map.
Maintenance of heritage road green buffers
17.
—(1)  It shall be the function and duty of the Board to manage and maintain all heritage road green buffers and carry out all acts necessary thereto.
(2)  For the purpose of managing and maintaining heritage road green buffers, the Commissioner or any officer, employee of or other person authorised in writing by the Board shall have the right, at any reasonable time, to enter upon any heritage road green buffer that is State land and do all things as are reasonably necessary for the management and maintenance of the heritage road green buffer.
(3)  Subject to subsection (4), where a heritage road green buffer, or any part of it, lies within any premises other than State land, the Commissioner or any officer, employee of or other person authorised in writing by the Board shall have the right, at any reasonable time, to enter upon the heritage road green buffer or any part thereof for the purpose of —
(a)
ascertaining whether any of the functions conferred by this section on the Board should or may be exercised, including taking photographs of the premises and any property or material found thereon and such other steps as he may consider necessary without involving any search or seizure of any premises, thing or person; and
(b)
taking any action or carrying out any work that is reasonably necessary for the management and maintenance of the heritage road green buffer.
(4)  The right to enter upon any premises under subsection (3) may be exercised if, and only if, the Commissioner or any officer, employee of or other person authorised in writing by the Board has given notice of his intention to perform the Board’s function and discharge its duty under this section to the occupier of the premises or any person having any estate, right, share or interest in the premises.
(5)  A notice under subsection (4) shall be in writing and shall be deemed to be given to and received by an occupier if it is affixed to a conspicuous part of the premises to be entered.
No cutting or damaging of tree or plant in heritage road green buffer
18.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (4), no person shall, except with the approval of the Commissioner granted under section 20 and in accordance with the terms and conditions of such approval, cut any tree or plant within a heritage road green buffer.
(2)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) or damages any tree or plant within a heritage road green buffer shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000.
(3)  In determining the amount of fine to be imposed on a person convicted of an offence under subsection (2), the court shall, in particular, have regard to any financial benefit which has accrued or appears likely to accrue to him in consequence of the offence.
(4)  No approval referred to in subsection (1) shall be required where —
(a)
the tree or plant is determined by the Commissioner as dying or dead; or
(b)
the condition of the tree or plant constitutes an immediate threat to life or property.
Heritage road green buffers not to be interfered with
19.
—(1)  Without prejudice to section 18, no person (other than a road authority) shall, except with the approval of the Commissioner granted under section 20 and in accordance with the terms and conditions of such approval —
(a)
alter, close up or remove any heritage road green buffer;
(b)
erect or place any structure or object in, above, across or under any heritage road green buffer; or
(c)
erect, construct or lay within any heritage road green buffer any fence, retaining wall, foundation, manhole, pipe, cable, mains or any obstruction or structure (whether temporary or permanent).
(2)  Any person who, without reasonable cause, contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine of $500 for every day or part thereof during which the offence continues after conviction.
(3)  The road authority shall, before carrying out within a heritage road green buffer any work or activity in the performance of any function or discharge of any duty conferred on the road authority by or under any written law, consult the Board in respect thereof.