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

PART III
NATIONAL PARKS AND NATURE RESERVES
Establishment of national parks and nature reserves
7.
—(1)  The areas designated in Part I of the Schedule are set aside as national parks.
(2)  The areas designated in Part II of the Schedule are set aside as nature reserves.
(3)  National parks and nature reserves are set aside for all or any of the following purposes:
(a)
the propagation, protection and conservation of the trees, plants, animals and other organisms of Singapore, whether indigenous or otherwise;
(b)
the study, research and preservation of objects and places of aesthetic, historical or scientific interest;
(c)
the study, research and dissemination of knowledge in botany, horticulture, biotechnology, or natural and local history; and
(d)
recreational and educational use by the public.
[National Parks 1997 Ed., s. 23]
Restricted activities in respect of trees, plants, etc., in national parks and nature reserves
8.
—(1)  No person shall, except with the approval of the Commissioner granted under section 12 and in accordance with the terms and conditions of such approval, carry out any of the following activities within any national park or nature reserve:
(a)
cut, collect or displace any tree or plant or any part thereof;
(b)
affix, set up or erect any sign, shrine, altar, religious object, shelter, structure or building;
(c)
clear, break up, dig or cultivate any land;
(d)
use or occupy any building, vehicle, boat or other property of the Board; or
(e)
wilfully drop or deposit any dirt, sand, earth, gravel, clay, loam, manure, refuse, sawdust, shavings, stone, straw or any other matter or thing from outside the national park or nature reserve.
(2)  No person shall carry out any activity within any national park or nature reserve which he knows or ought reasonably to know causes or may cause alteration, damage or destruction to any property, tree or plant within the national park or nature reserve.
(3)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both 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.
(4)  Subsections (1) and (2) shall not apply to —
(a)
the Commissioner, an authorised officer or a park ranger acting in the performance of his duty under this Act;
(b)
any other officer or employee of the Board acting in the performance of his duty under this Act or any other written law; and
(c)
any police officer or workman assisting a person referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) to carry out his duty.
[National Parks 1997 Ed., s. 24]
Restricted activities in respect of animals, etc., in national parks and nature reserves
9.
—(1)  No person shall, except with the approval of the Commissioner granted under section 12 and in accordance with the terms and conditions of such approval, carry out any of the following activities within any national park or nature reserve:
(a)
capture, displace or feed any animal;
(b)
disturb or take the nest of any animal;
(c)
collect, remove or wilfully displace any other organism;
(d)
use any animal, firearm, explosive, net, trap, hunting device or instrument or means whatever for the purpose of capturing any animal; or
(e)
carry or have in the person’s possession any explosive, net, trap or hunting device.
(2)  No person shall carry out any activity within any national park or nature reserve which he knows or ought reasonably to know causes or may cause injury to, or the death of, any animal or any other organism within the national park or nature reserve.
(3)  No person shall, except with the approval of the Commissioner granted under section 12 and in accordance with the terms and conditions of such approval —
(a)
bring or release or cause any animal to be brought or released into a nature reserve; or
(b)
permit any domestic animal to stray into a nature reserve.
(4)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1), (2) or (3) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both 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.
(5)  Subsections (1), (2) and (3) shall not apply to —
(a)
the Commissioner, an authorised officer or a park ranger acting in the performance of his duty under this Act;
(b)
any other officer or employee of the Board acting in the performance of his duty under this Act or any other written law; and
(c)
any police officer or workman assisting a person referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) to carry out his duty.
[National Parks 1997 Ed., s. 24]
Destruction, damage, etc., of notices, boundary marks, etc.
10.
—(1)  No person shall wilfully or negligently destroy, damage or deface any object of zoological, botanical, geological, ethnological, scientific or aesthetic interest within any national park or nature reserve.
(2)  No person shall —
(a)
destroy, damage, deface, alter or remove any notice or other sign erected by or on behalf of the Board within any national park or nature reserve; or
(b)
knowingly destroy, damage, deface, alter or remove any boundary mark within any national park or nature reserve.
(3)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $20,000.
(4)  Subsections (1) and (2) shall not apply to —
(a)
the Commissioner, an authorised officer or a park ranger acting in the performance of his duty under this Act;
(b)
any other officer or employee of the Board acting in the performance of his duty under this Act or any other written law; and
(c)
any police officer or workman assisting a person referred to in paragraph (a) or (b) to carry out his duty.
[National Parks 1997 Ed., s. 25]
Reinstatement notices as regards national parks and nature reserves
11.
—(1)  Where it appears to the Commissioner that there has been a contravention of any provision of section 8, 9 or 10, he may serve a reinstatement notice on any person who is carrying out or has carried out any activity in contravention of that provision requiring the person on whom it is served to carry out such repairs, work or alteration to any part of the national park or nature reserve as the Commissioner thinks fit to be carried out in order to remedy (wholly or in part) the contravention or to remedy any injury or damage to the national park or nature reserve caused by that contravention.
(2)  A reinstatement notice referred to in subsection (1) may, in particular, require —
(a)
the alteration, demolition or removal of any sign, shrine, altar, religious object, shelter, structure or building;
(b)
the carrying out of any building works or other operations;
(c)
the cessation, either wholly or to the extent specified in the notice, of any activity;
(d)
the removal from the national park or nature reserve of all property, material or animals used in connection with the contravention of section 8, 9 or 10, as the case may be; or
(e)
the restoration of any part of the national park or nature reserve to its former state or, if such restoration is not reasonably practicable or is undesirable, the execution of such works as the Commissioner may specify in the notice to alleviate the effect of the contravention of section 8, 9 or 10, as the case may be.
(3)  A reinstatement notice shall specify the date on which it is to take effect and the period (which shall run from the date the reinstatement notice takes effect) within which any step required by the notice shall be taken.
Approval for restricted activities in national parks and nature reserves
12.
—(1)  An application for approval to carry out or cause the carrying out of any activity referred to in section 8(1) or 9(1) or (3) shall be made to the Commissioner in such form and manner as may be prescribed.
(2)  The Commissioner may require an applicant to furnish him with such further information or documents as he considers necessary in relation to the application for approval.
(3)  The Commissioner may, upon an application by any person for approval to carry out or cause the carrying out of any activity referred to in section 8(1) or 9(1) or (3) —
(a)
refuse to grant approval under this section; or
(b)
grant approval under this section unconditionally or subject to such conditions as he thinks fit.
(4)  The Commissioner may, at any time, by notice in writing revoke any approval granted under this section if he is satisfied —
(a)
that any information given in the application for the approval or any document submitted to the Commissioner in respect of the application is false in a material particular; or
(b)
that the person has failed to comply with any condition imposed under subsection (3)(b).