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No. S 371
Planning Act
Planning (Use Classes) Rules 2001
In exercise of the powers conferred by section 61 of the Planning Act, the Minister for National Development hereby makes the following Rules:
Citation and commencement
1.  These Rules may be cited as the Planning (Use Classes) Rules 2001 and shall come into operation on 1st August 2001.
Definitions
2.  In these Rules, unless the context otherwise requires —
“amusement centre”  —
(a)
means a building where jackpot machines, pin-ball machines, video game machines or any other similar game machines are provided for entertainment; and
(b)
includes a video games arcade, computer gaming centre, billiard saloon or bowling alley;
“building” includes part of a building;
“child care centre” means —
(a)
a building that is licensed as a child care centre under section 4 of the Child Care Centres Act (Cap. 37A);
(b)
a building used as a centre at which 5 or more school-going children who are between the ages of 7 and 14 years are habitually received for the purposes of care and supervision before or after school hours; or
(c)
a kindergarten registered as a kindergarten under section 23 of the Education Act (Cap. 87);
“cinema” means any building used mainly for the screening of cinematograph films;
“commercial school”  —
(a)
means a building used for the purpose of teaching, training or imparting knowledge or skill; and
(b)
includes a tuition centre, language school, computer school, art school, music school, dance school, acting school, speech and drama school, child development centre or play school,
but does not include a primary school, secondary school, junior college, vocational and technical institution, polytechnic or university;
“community building”  —
(a)
means a building used for community-based activities; and
(b)
includes an office of an association or a society, a community centre, community club, family service centre or resident’s committee centre,
but does not include a building used as a funeral parlour, welfare home, child care centre, a home for the aged or a home for the disabled;
“convalescent home” or “nursing home” means a building used or intended to be used for the reception and lodging of, and the provision of nursing for, persons suffering or convalescing from any sickness, injury or infirmity, but does not include —
(a)
a building used solely for the reception, lodging and care of dying or terminally ill persons; or
(b)
a hospital;
“existing use” means the use to which a building was put on 1st February 1960 or a use authorised or permitted under the Act or the repealed Act;
“general industrial building”  —
(a)
means an industrial building other than a light industrial building or special industrial building; and
(b)
includes a building used for any industrial use which is classified as “general industry” by the Director of Environmental Pollution Control;
“health centre”  —
(a)
means a building used for physical exercise and fitness activities; and
(b)
includes a building used as a fitness centre, gymnasium, massage establishment and spa;
“home for the aged” or “home for the disabled” means a building used for the reception, lodging and care of old or disabled persons, as the case may be, but does not include —
(a)
a convalescent home or nursing home; or
(b)
a building used solely for the reception and care of dying or terminally ill persons;
“industrial building” means any building used —
(a)
for manufacturing, altering, repairing, ornamenting, finishing, cleaning, washing, packing, canning, adapting, breaking up or demolishing any article or part thereof; or
(b)
for the getting, processing or treatment of minerals,
but does not include a building used as a laundry;
“light industrial building”  —
(a)
means an industrial building in which the processes carried on or the machinery installed are such as can be installed in any residential area without detriment to the amenity of the area by reason of noise, vibration, smell, fumes, smoke, soot, ash, dust or grit; and
(b)
includes a building used for any industrial use which is classified as “light industry” by the Director of Environmental Pollution Control;
“motor vehicle showroom”  —
(a)
means a building used for the display and sale of new or used motor vehicles; and
(b)
includes a building used as a car mart, car-trading office, motor vehicle rental office or motor vehicle trading office;
“nightclub”  —
(a)
means a building used for the carrying on of any trade or business where the primary purpose is the sale of drinks (with or without sale of foodstuff) for consumption on the premises with singing, dancing or performance of live music or live entertainment; and
(b)
includes a building used as a karaoke lounge or discotheque;
“office”  —
(a)
means a building used as a place of business and for conducting administrative work; and
(b)
includes a bank,
but does not include a shop;
“restaurant”  —
(a)
means a building used for the carrying on of any trade or business where the primary purpose is the sale of foodstuff for consumption on the premises without performance of live music or live entertainment; and
(b)
includes a coffee shop, eating house, snack bar, cafeteria or foodcourt,
but does not include a canteen, bar or pub;
“shop”  —
(a)
means a building used for the carrying on of any trade or business where the primary purpose is the sale of goods or foodstuff by retail or the provision of services; and
(b)
includes a building used as a furniture shop, department store, pawnshop, dispensary, medical clinic, dental clinic, beauty salon, ticket agency or travel agency,
but does not include —
(i)
a building used for the preparation of food, sale of animals and birds, wholesale of goods and foodstuff, sale of coffins, sale of motor vehicles, sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories or repair and servicing of motor vehicles; or
(ii)
a building used as a petrol station, laundry shop, dry cleaner’s shop, funfair, market, nightclub, veterinarian clinic, amusement centre, health centre or betting outlet;
“special industrial building”  —
(a)
means an industrial building in which the processes carried on are dangerous or offensive; and
(b)
includes a building used for any industrial use which is classified as “special industry” by the Director of Environmental Pollution Control;
“sports and recreation building”  —
(a)
means a building used for sports and recreational activities; and
(b)
includes a building used as a sports club, sports complex, recreation club, clubhouse, fitness centre or gymnasium;
“theatre” means a building where live theatrical performances, including plays, operas and music are performed, but does not include a building used as a nightclub or cinema;
“warehouse” means a building (excluding any land occupied therewith) where storage is the principal use and where no business is transacted other than incidentally to such storage.
Use classes
3.
—(1)  Subject to paragraph (2), where a building or land has an existing use falling within any class specified in the Schedule, the change in use of the building or land for any other purposes of the same class shall not be deemed for the purpose of Part III of the Act to involve development of the building or land.
(2)  Paragraph (1) shall not apply to a change in use of a building or land for any other purposes of the same class if the change in use is expressly not allowed by the competent authority in the written permission for the existing use granted under the Act or the repealed Act.
(3)  A use which is ordinarily incidental to and included in any use specified in the Schedule is not excluded from that use as an incident thereto merely by reason of its specification in the Schedule as a separate use.
Revocation
4.  The Planning (Use Classes) Rules (R 2) is revoked.
[ND 265/5-12 Vol. 13; AG/LEG/SL/232/1997/2 Vol. 2]