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Long Title

Part I PRELIMINARY

Part II RIGHTS TO PROGRESS PAYMENTS

Part III PAYMENT CLAIMS AND RESPONSES

Part IV ADJUDICATION OF PAYMENT CLAIM DISPUTES

Part V MEASURES TO ENFORCE PAYMENT OF ADJUDICATED AMOUNT

Part VI GENERAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO ADJUDICATION

Part VII MISCELLANEOUS

Legislative History

 
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Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act
(CHAPTER 30B)

(Original Enactment: 57 of 2004)

REVISED EDITION 2006
(31st January 2006)
An Act to facilitate payments for construction work done or for related goods or services supplied in the building and construction industry, and for matters connected therewith.
[3rd January 2005: Sections 1, 28 and 40 ;
1st April 2005: Sections 2, 3, 4, 29 to 39, 41 and 42 and Parts II to V ]
PART I
PRELIMINARY
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act.
Interpretation
2.  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“adjudicated amount” means the amount of a progress payment that is determined to be payable under section 17 or 19, as the case may be;
“adjudication” means the adjudication of a payment claim dispute in accordance with Part IV, and includes an adjudication review under that Part;
“adjudication determination”, in relation to an adjudication, means the determination of the adjudicator;
“adjudication response” means a response to an adjudication application lodged by a respondent under section 15(1);
“adjudicator” means a person appointed under this Act to determine a payment claim dispute that has been referred for adjudication, and includes a review adjudicator or a panel of review adjudicators appointed under section 18(5)(b);
“authorised nominating body” means a person authorised under section 28(1);
“claimant” means a person who is or claims to be entitled to a progress payment under section 5;
“claimed amount” means the whole or part of any progress payment claimed by a claimant in a payment claim, and includes any interest payable under section 8(5);
“construction contract” means an agreement under which —
(a)
one party undertakes to carry out construction work, whether including the supply of goods or services or otherwise, for one or more other parties; or
(b)
one party undertakes to supply services to one or more other parties;
“construction site”, in relation to a contract between a claimant and a respondent, means —
(a)
the land on which or the premises at which the claimant has been, is or will be carrying out construction work; or
(b)
the land or the premises in relation to which goods or services have been, are being or will be supplied under the contract;
“contract” means a construction contract or a supply contract;
“costs”, in relation to an adjudication, includes —
(a)
the application fee payable to an authorised nominating body; and
(b)
the fees and expenses of the adjudicator;
“day” means any day other than a public holiday within the meaning of the Holidays Act (Cap. 126);
“due date”, in relation to a progress payment, means the date on which the progress payment becomes due and payable under section 8;
“land” has the same meaning as in section 4 of the Land Titles Act (Cap. 157);
“owner”, in relation to a contract between a claimant and a respondent, means —
(a)
a person who —
(i)
enters into a contract, whether with the respondent or any other person, for the carrying out of construction work at or on, or for the supply of goods or services in relation to, the construction site concerned by the respondent or other person (as the case may be); and
(ii)
is not engaged by any other person to carry out construction work at or on, or to supply goods or services in relation to, the construction site concerned; or
(b)
where there is no such person, a person who owns the construction site concerned;
“payment claim” means a claim made by a claimant for a progress payment under section 10;
“payment response”, in relation to a construction contract, means a response to a payment claim made by a respondent under section 11(1) or 12(4);
“principal”, in relation to a respondent named in a payment claim served by a claimant under section 10, means a person who is liable to make payment to the respondent for or in relation to the whole or part of the construction work that is, or the whole or part of the goods or services that are, the subject of the contract between the respondent and the claimant;
“progress payment” means a payment to which a person is entitled for the carrying out of construction work, or the supply of goods or services, under a contract, and includes —
(a)
a single or one-off payment; or
(b)
a payment that is based on an event or a date;
“respondent” means a person who is or may be liable to make a progress payment under a contract to a claimant;
“response amount” means —
(a)
in relation to a construction contract, the amount that a respondent proposes to pay to a claimant in a payment response provided under section 11(1) or 12(4) or as varied under section 12(4); or
(b)
in relation to a supply contract, the amount of the claimed amount in a payment claim that a respondent has paid to the claimant on or before the due date (if any);
“supply contract” means an agreement under which —
(a)
one party undertakes to supply goods to any other party who is engaged in the business of carrying out construction work or who causes to be carried out construction work;
(b)
the supply is for the purpose of construction work carried out or caused to be carried out by the second-mentioned party; and
(c)
the first-mentioned party is not required to assemble, construct or install the goods at or on the construction site,
but does not include such agreements as may be prescribed.
Definitions of “construction work”, “goods” and “services”
3.
—(1)  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires and subject to subsection (2) —
“construction work” means —
(a)
the construction, alteration, repair, restoration, maintenance, extension, demolition or dismantling of buildings or structures (whether permanent or not) that form, or are to form, part of the land;
(b)
the construction, alteration, repair, restoration, maintenance, extension, demolition or dismantling of any works that form, or are to form, part of the land, including walls, roadworks, power-lines, telecommunication apparatus, aircraft runways, docks and harbours, railways, inland waterways, pipelines, reservoirs, water mains, wells, sewers, industrial plant and installations for the purpose of land drainage, coast protection or defence;
(c)
the installation in any building, structure or works of fittings that form, or are to form, part of the land, including systems of heating, lighting, air-conditioning, ventilation, power supply, drainage, sanitation, water supply or fire protection, and security or communications systems;
(d)
any operation which forms an integral part of, is preparatory to, or is for rendering complete, works of the kind referred to in paragraph (a), (b) or (c), including —
(i)
land reclamation;
(ii)
site clearance, earth-moving, excavation, tunnelling and boring;
(iii)
the laying of foundations;
(iv)
the erection, maintenance or dismantling of scaffolding;
(v)
the prefabrication of components to form part of any building, structure or works, whether carried out at or on the construction site or elsewhere; and
(vi)
site restoration, landscaping and the provision of roadways and other access works;
(e)
the external or internal cleaning of buildings, structures or works, so far as it is carried out in the course of their construction, alteration, repair, restoration, maintenance or extension; or
(f)
the painting or decorating of the external or internal surfaces of any building, structure or works;
“goods” means —
(a)
materials or components to form part of any building, structure or works arising from construction work; or
(b)
plant or materials (whether supplied by sale, hire or otherwise) for use in connection with the carrying out of construction work;
“services” means —
(a)
the conduct of feasibility studies, planning services, the submission of applications or other documents to any relevant authority, site supervision services, professional engineering services, or architectural, design, surveying or quantity surveying services, in relation to construction work;
(b)
project management services in relation to construction work;
(c)
building, engineering, exterior or interior decoration or landscape advisory services in relation to construction work; or
(d)
the provision of labour to carry out construction work.
(2)  The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette, modify the definition of “construction work”, “goods” or “services” in subsection (1) by adding to, varying or deleting any part of the definition.
Application of Act
4.
—(1)  Subject to subsection (2), this Act shall apply to any contract that is made in writing on or after 1st April 2005, whether or not the contract is expressed to be governed by the law of Singapore.
(2)  This Act shall not apply to —
(a)
any contract for the carrying out of construction work at or on, or the supply of goods or services in relation to, any residential property (within the meaning of the Residential Property Act (Cap. 274)), which do not require the approval of the Commissioner of Building Control under the Building Control Act (Cap. 29);
(b)
any contract to the extent that —
(i)
it contains provisions under which a party undertakes to carry out construction work, or supply goods or services, as an employee (within the meaning of the Employment Act (Cap. 91)) of the party for whom the construction work is to be carried out or the goods or services are to be supplied; or
(ii)
it deals with construction work carried out outside Singapore, or goods or services supplied in relation to construction work carried out outside Singapore; and
(c)
such contract or class of contracts as may be prescribed.
(3)  For the purpose of this section, a contract shall be treated as being made in writing —
(a)
if the contract is made in writing, whether or not it is signed by the parties thereto;
(b)
if the contract is made by an exchange of communications in writing;
(c)
if the contract made otherwise than in writing is recorded by one of the parties thereto, or by a third party, with the authority of the parties thereto; or
(d)
if the parties to the contract agree otherwise than in writing by reference to terms which are in writing.
(4)  Where a contract is not wholly made in writing, the contract shall be treated as being made in writing for the purpose of this section if, subject to the provisions of this Act, the matter in dispute between the parties thereto is in writing.