You can register to conduct small-scale business from your private home or
HDB flat and hire up to 2 non-resident employees. This is provided that the
business does not cause disturbance or inconvenience to the neighbouring
Who can register for the Home Office Scheme?
Anyone who is the owner, tenant or any authorised occupier of a private
residential property and wish to operate a Home Office can register.
If you are not the owner, you have to obtain written consent from the owner
before you register for the Home Office use.
Are there any restrictions or conditions for the Home Office Scheme?
Yes. These restrictions and performance criteria are to ensure that the scale of the home office use is kept small so as not to alter the premise’s character and predominant use as a residential premise and it does not disturb or cause inconvenience to the neighbours. These include :
• not hiring more than 2 non-resident employees
• not displaying any external business signage or advertisements
• not generating noise, smoke, odour, waste matter or dust
• the use does not fall within the list of businesses that are not permitted
under the HO scheme (e.g. car trading business, shops and any form of retail
For more information, please refer to:
• Performance Criteria for Home Office Scheme
• Terms & Conditions for Home Office Scheme
• Businesses Permitted / Not Permitted Under the Home Office Scheme
How long is the Home Office Permit valid for?
The one-time permit for conducting a small-scale business in a private residential property is valid for the duration of your home office business. From 6 December 2010, you no longer need to renew the permit every 5 years.
How do I register for the Home Office Scheme?
Please refer to the step-by-step guide –
How to Register: Home
There is a non-refundable S$20 administration fee (inclusive of GST).
I need help. Who can I contact?
Contact customer service at:
Tel: (65) 6223 4811 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm)
Frequently-Asked-Questions on Home Office (URA)
For Home Office in HDB flats, contact the Housing &
Development Board (HDB) at:
Tel: (65) 6490 1111 (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm)
Home Office Scheme (HDB)